Preseason Outlook Walnut Hills High School

New to Bearcat Insider is longtime football fan John "Crewdogz" Zipperer. With a focus on the Southwest Ohio High School scene, John will bring you stories on more than just the big name programs. He starts with Walnut Hills.

Head Coach: Steve Brogden Third Season as Head Coach

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The Walnut Hills Eagles have nowhere to go but up after finishing last season with a 0 - 10 record (0 - 5 Conference).  The Eagles play in the Cardinal Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) along with; Turpin, Kings, Amelia, Wilmington and Little Miami.
The Eagles have been busy this summer with conditioning and camps.  The Eagles attended Cincinnati's rising senior camp on June 10th and will be in attendance for the 7 on 7 and lineman camp at Cincinnati on July 25.
Players to Watch:  The Eagles return a number of starters from last year's squad including senior 1st Team FAVC RB Juan Johnson (5'9", 165 lbs), and 2nd Team QB Ben Heiser (09).  On the line will be seniors Yue Sun (5'10", 225 lbs), Kris Moore (6'0", 250 lbs) and junior Eric Olsen (5'10", 220 lbs) at linebacker.  Other players to watch include senior RB Eric Jones (5'10", 180 lbs), senior WR Will Edwards (6'0", 165) and junior TE/LB Kris Gaier (5' 11", 175 lbs).
Offense:  The Eagles run a spread offense with a one back set (Juan Johnson and Eric Jones rotate) behind QB Ben Heiser.  The Eagle offense registered the lowest scoring output of FAVC teams last year (97).  This is the fifth season running the spread.
Defense:  The Eagles run a 4 - 3 base defense that gave up 370 points last year (2nd most of FAVC teams).
Challenges:  Walnut Hills is a Cincinnati Public High School (CPHS) along with Aiken, Hughes, Withrow, Woodward and Western Hills.  CPHS schools often find themselves at a disadvantage playing against better funded schools with better facilities.  Walnut Hills did not have a home field until 1979 when Marx Stadium was built after a donation from the estate of Robert S. Marx.  Prior to 1979 Walnut played their games at Withrow High School Stadium.
Eagle Football Alums at Cincinnati:  One of the most celebrated Walnut Hills alums to continue their career at Cincinnati was Jason Stargel, WR (1982 - 1986).  At the end of his career only Bearcat great Jim O'Brien had a higher yard per catch average at 21.97 yards than Jason's 18.75 yards per catch.  Jason also held the most consecutive games with a catch record of 33 games until it was broken by LaDaris Vann (46).  Jason remains 5th all time with most receiving yards in his career with 2,088.  After his Bearcat career Jason went on to play in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

2007 Schedule

Pre Season
7 on 7 Football versus Summit on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00PM at Summit Country Day School.
7 on 7 Football versus Summit and West High on Thursday, July 26 at 2:30PM at Marx Stadium
Aug 10 Woodward (Preseason Scrimmage)  10:00 AM
Aug 17         at Aiken (Preseason Scrimmage)          7:00 PM


Aug 24  @ Purcell Marian  7:30
Aug 31 @ Ross  7:30
Sep 7 Hughes   7:30
Sep 14 Mount Healthy 7:30
Sep 21 @ Norwood  7:30
Sep 28 Turpin    7:30
Oct 5  Little Miami 7:30
Oct 12   @ Amelia 7:30
Oct 19  Wilmington 7:30
Oct 26  @ Kings 7:30

I'd like to thank Head Coach Steve Brogden for the information provided for this story.  Coach Brogden is currently in Chicago as the Camp Director of Keith Rucker's Football Camp.  Rucker spent seven seasons as a defensive lineman in the NFL before turning his focus to the sideline.  He currently serves as head football coach at Mt. Healthy High School near Cincinnati, Ohio

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