PREVIEW 2014: COLUMBUS EAST OLYMPIANS
The Olympians won their first state title since 1979 last season. Coach Bob Gaddis and his crew rolled through the regular season and playoffs crushing teams by an average of 52 to 11. Their closest contest was a 28 point triumph over New Albany. The Olympians then had to hold off FW Dwenger in the final minutes to capture their state title winning 28-27. Gaddis will have to replace QB Alex Cowan (Saint Francis), OL Evan Kuhn (Saint Francis), WR J.T. Voelker (Marian), and DT Dalton Bateman (Franklin) among others.
This is not a hard pick here. Markell Jones burst on the scene as a freshman. Last season he exploded for 2651 yards and 43 touchdowns. What can he possibly do for an encore? Early this summer he became the marquee name in Purdue’s 2015 recruiting class.
For Olympian fans that player will hopefully be junior QB K.J. McCarter. He is the heir apparent to Alex Cowan who rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards each last season. More importantly he was the leader of the offense.
MLB Sam Dwenger was all over the field last season. The undersized MIKE linebacker led them in tackles with 108.
SCOUTING THE: OLYMPIANS POSITION BY POSITION
There be heavy pressure for McCarter to take over the reins here. Sophomores Caleb Voelker and Wade Forman lend depth.
Simply put Columbus East has Markell Jones, no one else in the state does. Advantage Olympians.
Leading receiver J.T. Voelker is off to Marian. Juniors Tyler Campbell and Jarred Holland will look to step up as the go to guy. Junior D1 prospect Rhett Myers (6-4, 230) is back at tight end.
A pair of senior standouts return up front in Joey Bastian and Devorus Lewis. Some names you might hear next to them are Quade Greiwe, Sean Galligar, Aaron Kruchten, Logan Caffee, Mason Phillips and Kobbe Claycamp.
Dwenger is the star here. He will need youngsters to step up here as he is the lone returnee here. Sophomore Harry Crider is a name to watch.
Free safety Tyler Campbell and CB Nick Beamish are returning starters. Look for Steven O’Neal and Clayton Spinks to be factors as well.
The Olympians have the possibility or should I say probability of returning to Lucas Oil Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend. They are again loaded. Key will be youngsters stepping up at quarterback and on defense.