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 Ohio.com. 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.
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.)