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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Rob Carpenter: Ex-NFL star, current Lancaster High School Football Coach

During the football season during our Friday night High School football  broadcasts, we feature a coach, athlete, athletic adminsitrator or Hall of Famer on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM, the Peak of This past 2009 season, we had a chance to feature a former NFL running back and current Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach, Rob Carpenter.

Robert Joseph Carpenter, Jr., was born April 20, 1955 in Lancaster, Ohio. He played at Miami of Ohio in the Mid-American Conference for Bill Mallory.

He was drafted  in the third roun, 84th pick by the Houston Oilers. He played with Houston from 1977-1981; the New York Giants from 1981-1985 and the Los Angeles Rams in 1986.

Carpenter rushed for 4,363 yards in a 10-year NFL career.

He has four sons. Bobby Carpenter, the former Ohio State linebacker is now with the Dallas Cowboys; Jonathan Carpenter played at Cincinnati and is a graduate assistant there; Georgie is at Marshall University and Nathan Carpenter played for his dad this past season at Lancaster and will be playing in college in 2010.

The 6’1 220 pound Rob Carpenter had several good seasons in the NFL:

With Houston in 1977, 652 yards, 1 touchdown and a 4.5 yards per game.

With the New York Giants in 1981, 748 yards, 5 touchdowns.

With the New York Giants in 1983, 624 yards, 4 touchdowns.

With the New York Giants in 1984, 795 yards, 7 touchdowns.

When Rob was in Houston, he played with Earl Campbell.

When Rob was with the New York Giants, his teammates included: Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms and Henry Carson.

Rob had his moments in New York. There was a 1985 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Morris gained over 200 yards and lost a shoe on one of his touchdown runs. Rob Carpenter was blocking his head off opening holes for Joe Morris and had a beautiful 46 yard run. Carpenter was a fan favorite from what members of the media tell me who covered the team in those days.

Lancaster High School (LHS)

Rob Carpenter is the head football coach at Lancaster and they had a decent season in 2009.

August 28, 2009 Logan  33  Lancaster 14   (0-1)

September 4, 2009  Lakota West 24 Lancaster 12  (0-2)

September 11, 2009  Lancaster 48 independence 35  (1-2)

September 18, 2009 Lancaster 17 Pickerington Central 14  (2-2)

September 25, 2009 Lancaster 42 Gahanna 31 (3-2)

October 2, 2009 Hilliard Davidson 45  Lancaster 14 (3-3)

October 9, 2009 Lancaster 15 Reynoldsburg 7  (4-3)

October 16, 2009 Pickerington North 15 Lancaster 14 (4-4)

October 23, 2009 Lancaster 32 Groveport Madison 14 (5-4)

October 30, 2009 Lancaster 63 Newark 13 (6-4)

November 7, 2009 Regional Playoffs quarterfinals, Hilliard Davidson 28 Lancaster 7  (6-5)

Lancaster plays in the tough Ohio Capital Conference which is one of the largest leagues in the state. Playing in that league and having a top-notch non-conference schedule, will get them computer points and a playoff berth.

The Golden Gales play in the Ohio Capital Conference, Ohio Division with Gahanna-Lincoln Lions, Grove City Greyhounds, Groveport-Madison Cruisers, Newark Wildcats, Pickerington Central Tigers, Pickerington North Panthers and the Reynoldsburg Raiders.

Lancaster has had several distinguished alumni: David Graf, Officer Tackleberry in the Police Academy Films; Rex Kern, former Ohio State Quarterback and Allan Anderson, former Lefthanded Pitcher of the Minnesota Twins, American League ERA and Robert G. Heft, designer of the American 50 star flag which was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1960.

Let’s go one-on-one with Lancaster Golden Gales head football coach Rob Carpenter. (to listen to an audio file, click the link.)

44 698 Rob Carpenter Lancaster Ftb Coach His son Nathan & 5 scholarship athletes in one family

44 699 Rob Carpenter Competitive around the house with 4 males in the house

44 700 Rob Carpenter On his son Nathan runs football like he did Recruiters like him

44 701 Rob Carpenter Non-Conference games Scrimmages Lancaster fan support

44 702 Rob Carpenter On Mike Heywood Miami of Ohio His career going to Miami

44 703 Rob Carpenter Remembers the late Randy Walker and Terry Hoeppner

2009 Lancaster Golden Gales (LHS)

Sports Spotlight Feature Interview: Bruce Ward, Columbus Beechcroft High School Head Football Coach

During our high school football broadcasts on Friday nights on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM in Bellefontaine and the Peak of, we feature a one-on-one interview with a football player, or athletic administrator from the high school, college, professional or amateur ranks.

Columbus Beechcroft (BHS)

During the 2009 season, we featured Bruce Ward, Columbus Beechcroft High School head football coach.

When legendary coach Tom Dunlap retired during the spring of 2009 and was replaced by his defensive coordinator. Bruce Ward, “A Dawn of a New Era” chapter was opening for the Beechcroft football program.

Ward spent 9 years as an assistant at Beechcroft and prior to that experience, 3 years at his alma mater, Fairmont State College.

Beechcroft Cougars (BHS)

Coach Ward was Beechcroft’s defensive coordinator in 2008 when they shutout 7 opponents in making the Division II Playoffs finishing at 9-2 overall, 6-1 in the City League North. The Cougars received national recognition and attention from ESPN and Sports Illustrated during 2008 after beating Centennial, 96-0. The Cougars scored 55, first quarter points, tying the 4th highest point total in one quarter in National High School history. Those 96 points also tied for the second highest points in the nation in 2008.

The Beechcroft Cougars have reached the Ohio High School Athletic Association playoffs 13 times in football including a 5-season run of 199-2003.

“The Croft” as the school is called, opened in 1976 as a six-year junior/senior high school. Enrollment peaked at 1,200 students. Currently, there are 950 students.

Located on Columbus’ northside, Beechcroft plays in the City League North Division along with: The Brookhaven Bearcats, Centennial Stars, East Tigers, Linden-McKinley Panthers, Mifflin Punchers, Northland Vikings and Whetstone Braves. Their arch-rivals are Brookhaven.

Bruce Ward’s first season as head football coach ended up being a success. The Cougars went 7-3. They beat Whitehall, Whetstone, Linden-McKinley, East, Centennial and Northland. They lost two three very good teams: Upper Arlington, St. Charles and Brookhaven.

Some of his star players from the 2009 season included: Larez Harper, Wallace Hale, Rasean Moore, B.J. Watkins and Billy Croom.

SOUNDS FROM THE FOOTBALL FIELD (to listen to the audio file, click on the number.)

44 465 Bruce Ward Taking over as head coach continuity being an assistant coach

44 466 Bruce Ward Knowing the demands of job Preparing as an assistant coach

44 467 Bruce Ward His playing days players academics Beechcroft very stable program

44 468 Bruce Ward His mentor Tom Dunlap Players petition to make him head coach

44 469 Bruce Ward His first 3 games as head coach Setting up scrimmage schedule

44 470 Bruce Ward Family atmosphere in program 2008 seven shutouts by defense

44 471 Bruce Ward Beat Columbus Centennial 96-0 in 2008 with a 55 point first quarter

44 472 Bruce Ward Shortening blow out games Being featured by ESPN & SI

44 473 Bruce Ward Beechcroft always has athletes Facilities Brookhaven rivalry

Sports Spotlight: Nathan Weeks Marysville Football RB

Every week during the high school football season on WPKO-FM/WBLL-AM in Bellefontaine, we try to feature a football player, whether it be high school, college, the NFL, the Hall of Fame or from coaching.

One of the players we featured during the 2009 season was senior Nathan Weeks from Marysville High School.

Nathan Weeks had to earn his way onto the varsity team in 2007 by playing on the offensive line. Then in 2008, he became the Monarchs workhorse at Fullback, gaining 982 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns to lead Marysville to the state playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Monarchs were 7-4, 4-3 which tied for fourth in the tough Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division which includes: Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Olentangy,Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central,Westerville North and Westerville South. They ended up being a Division I Regional Quarterfinalist.

In 2009 Marysville finished at  3-7, 2-5 in the division. They beat Marion Harding, 39-6; Westerville Central, 27-7 and Westerville North, 37-7.

A throwback Fullback to the days of yesteryear, Weeks is a bruising Fullback who at 6’2, 230 pounds simply punishes tacklers.

A state semifinalist wrestler, who can squat 400 pounds, was voted captain by his teammates for 2009 football season.

Nathaniel Owen Weeks is the son of Scott and Loretta Weeks.


44 332 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing offensive line in 2007. 44 334 Nathan Weeks Marysville playing fullback and being physical44 335 Nathan Weeks Marysville on 2008 and triple option.     44 336 Nathan Weeks Marysville fullback in triple option and College. Marysville Monarchs    (MHS)

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