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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Daxton Cates, Westerville South High School RB

 

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The Westerville South High School Wildcats always have a top-notch running back. Several years ago, there was Ki-jana Carter. Last year there was Jayshon Jackson, who broke all of Carter’s rushing records.

Jackson made tackles miss and grab air as he ran behind the offensive line. During the past two seasons, Jackson carried the ball 700 + times and surpassed 2,000-yards twice.

Westerville South High School

Jackson was only 5’8, 180-pounds but in 2010, he rushed for 2,583 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Jackson is playing this season at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

After last season, Westerville South fans wondered who would fill the shoes of Jackson running the football. They probably forgot that there was a very capable back-up waiting in the wings named Daxton Cates.

Cates was very solid in 2010, rushing for 512 yards and 8 touchdowns on 92 carries.

South head football coach Rocky Pentello said all along that Cates was more than capable of being the next big-time running back for the Wildcats. And he has.

Cates is bigger than Jackson, at 5-feet-10, 215-pounds. He can run around and over tacklers on the field.

Westerville South Junior Varsity in action

Cates has picked up where Jackson left off. In Week 1 of the 2011 season against Groveport in a 47-18 win, the senior rushed for 229 yards on 17 carries and 2 touchdowns.

In week 2, a 27-14 loss at Dublin Coffman, Cates improved to 236 yards on 30 carries, an 88-yard TD run. He had 216 yards in the first half.

Week 3 at Grove City in a 41-34 loss, Cates carried the ball 31 times, gaining 217 yards with 2 TD’s.

In week 4 at the newest high school in town, Westerville Central, the Wildcats won 28-22 and Cates led the way with 158 yards rushing. He was on a pace to gain 1,000-yards by week 6 of the season.

The Wildcats running attack is in good hands once again!

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Westerville South is in one of the top conferences in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Capital Conference, Cardinal Division. The division has Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Marysville, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Westerville Central and Westerville North. The Wildcats are the kingpins of the division winning the title in 2010 with a 9-3 record overall and a playoff berth. They were 6-1 in their league.

From all of the recruiting reports, Cates is receiving interest from Ohio University, Wisconsin, Akron, Saginaw Valley State, Bowling Green and Ohio State’s name has been mentioned as well.

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The name Cates is familiar around Westerville. His cousin, Wes Cates, was a standout running back at Westerville North and is a Hall of Famer at California University of Pennsylvania where he compiled 5,647 total yards.

We’d like to thank Westerville South head football coach Rocky Pentello for allowing us to watch practice, to take photos and talk to Daxton Cates.

Miami beats Saginaw Valley State

Julian Mavunga leads RedHawks (Miami media guide photo)

Julian Mavunga scored 17 points and Nick Winbush chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds in leading Miami to a 76-57 win over Saginaw Valley State in Oxford, Ohio.

Miami pushes its record to 4-5.

Saginaw Valley State, an NCAA Division II team, falls to 3-3.

Info courtesy of Miami athletics

Jerry Kill leaves Northern Illinois for Minnesota football job

Jerry Kill (courtesy of Minnesota athletics)

Jerry Kill did not know that he was being evaluated by the University of Minnesota athletic administration back on September 25, 2010, when his Northern Illinois Huskies football team beat the Golden Gophers, 34-23. His Huskies would go on to set several school records in a 10-3 season.

Kill is now the head coach of the Minnesota football team.

Kill was the coach at Northern Illinois for the past three years, where he compiled a 23-16 record, led them to bowl games in all three seasons, including the Humanitarian Bowl later in December 2010.

Before coaching at the DeKalb, Illinois school, the 49-year-old Kill was at Southern Illinois for seven seasons, earning a record of 55-32.

He spent two seasons at Emporia State going 11-11.

Kill was at Saginaw Valley State for five years going 38-14.

He replaces Tim Brewster, who was fired on October 17 and replaced by offensive coordinator Jeff Horton who was 2-3. The Gophers played much better under Horton, going 2-3 with two wins in a row to end the season over Illinois and Iowa.

compiled from Northern Illinois & Minnesota athletic news