Good attitude, effort omnipresent for Carroll


By Scott Halasz - shalasz@civitasmedia.com



Running the ball will be the priority for the Patriots this season.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Solid offensive line play will be key for the Patriots.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

A successful ground game will allow the Pats to throw the ball more effectively.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Coach Ben Rulli


John Bombatch | Greene County News

RIVERSIDE — Second year Carroll High School football coach Ben Rulli isn’t going to sugar coat things when it comes to the status of the Carroll program.

After four straight losing seasons, the former Patriot standout isn’t ready to say everything is back to where it was under massively successful former Coach Steve Bartlett.

“The culture doesn’t change in one year,” Rulli said. But there is a big difference between the ears of his players.

“The attitude is good,” Rulli said, as has been the work ethic.

Winning always helps, but Rulli wants his team to take things one game at a time.

OFFENSE

The Patriots will look to run the ball behind a tough line. Senior Gavin Tom has been a “staple” on the offensive line and will help open holes for senior running back Cory Hastings. Who will hand the ball off is still a question. Senior Jacob Severt, who started last year, is being pushed by junior Nick Riley.

“We’re excited for that,” Rulli said. “There’s nothing wrong with competition.”

While the emphasis will be on the ground, Rulli knows passing will be important. Senior Daniel Sommers looks to be the top pass catcher.

Other stars will emerge but Rulli, like Bartlett, doesn’t like to throw a bunch of names out there.

“It’s a team-first mentality,” Rulli said.

DEFENSE

If the first scrimmage is any indication, the 50 slant defense will be a strength for Carroll.

“I don’t know if they gained positive yards,” Rulli said.

The front seven will be solid with senior defensive end Jason Pierce and junior linebacker Lamont Harris leading the way. The Patriots have enjoyed some depth on the stop side with many players contributing.

“Sometimes the best defenses are the no-name defense,” Rulli said.

While the run defense looked good, the secondary does need a bit of work.

“We’ve just got to shore up some things in the defensive backfield,” Rulli said.

SPECIAL TEAMS

The Patriots need to replace All-Ohio punter Thomas Barnes, but junior Alex Story has been able to step in and uh, put his best foot forward.

Running the ball will be the priority for the Patriots this season.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0033.jpgRunning the ball will be the priority for the Patriots this season. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Solid offensive line play will be key for the Patriots.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0031.jpgSolid offensive line play will be key for the Patriots. John Bombatch | Greene County News

A successful ground game will allow the Pats to throw the ball more effectively.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0048.jpgA successful ground game will allow the Pats to throw the ball more effectively. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Coach Ben Rulli
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_9040.jpgCoach Ben Rulli John Bombatch | Greene County News

By Scott Halasz

shalasz@civitasmedia.com

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

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