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DIXIE HEIGHTS (Class AAA)

SCHEDULE

Aug. 27 CAMPBELL COUNTY
Sept. 3 SIMON KENTON
Sept. 10 LLOYD
Sept. 18 at Newport Central Catholic
Sept. 24 at Lexington Tates Creek
Oct. 1 at Scott
Oct. 8 HOLMES
Oct. 15 at Highlands
Oct. 22 at Conner
Oct. 29 COVINGTON CATHOLIC
(All games at 7:30 unless noted)
Coach: Tom Spritzky (20-22)

Outlook: Seats on Dixie's bandwagon are going fast. The Colonels are in uncharted territory at No. 4 in the Enquirer's coaches poll -- with two first-place votes -- and seventh in the Courier-Journal's AAA state coaches poll.

Dixie has 22 seniors and 15 returning starters, with several college prospects among them.

Dixie's biggest talents are two of its biggest players: 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman Brett Blackwell and 5-10, 205-pound linebacker/running back Scott Stamper. Blackwell earned all-region honors the past two years; Stamper totaled 117 tackles last year.

Senior Chris Unkraut returns as quarterback, having thrown for 1,549 yards and nine touchdowns last fall. That yardage total is second-highest in Northern Kentucky among returning quarterbacks (behind the 1,642 of CovCath's Brett Dietz.) Again, twin brother Tom Unkraut will be a favorite target -- he caught 42 passes for 657 yards last year.

Dixie's trick, of course, will be to find a way to crack the Highlands-CovCath grip atop this district.

ROSTER
Name Pos Ht Wt Yr
Ryan Bailey OT-DL5-11 22012
Brett Blackwell OT-DL 6-3 27512
John BrockmanPK5-10 15011
Matt Buford RB-DB 5-8 14512
Drew Collins OT-DL 6-3 30012
Kevin CollinsSE-DB5-10 15010
Sean Collins OC-DL5-11 21510
David Cooper SE-DB5-10 15510
Sean Cottengim OG-LB5-10 18011
Tom Coyle RB-DB 5-8 15510
Jamie Crouch OT-DL 6-0 22010
Mike DahmsTE-LB5-11 19012
Matt DepompelOG-DE5-10 21510
Greg Dillion OC-LB 6-0 26011
Bobby Dorgan OG-LB 5-5 15511
Shawn Fletcher QB-DB 5-9 14010
Nathan Fredrick RB-DB5-10 15010
Roderick HallSE-DB 6-0 17512
Andy Herald OT-DL 6-0 21512
Jason Herald RB-LB 5-9 17011
Josh Ison RB-LB 5-8 16-10
Troy Kenning RB-LB5-10 18011
Jeff KleinSE-DB 5-9 15012
Cory LawrenceRB-LB 5-9 15012
Jim LawsonSE-DB 6-0 17012
Jim Lindsey RB-LB 5-6 16510
Chris Luttrell SE-LB 5-8 14510
David Lyons SE-DB5-10 15510
Dan Metzger RB-DB 5-7 14010
Ben Neugent SE-DB 6-2 16510
Dan Ollberding OG-DE 6-2 22511
Adam O'Loughlin OG-DE 6-0 15010
David OsborneTE-LB 6-2 19510
Mike PollyOG-DL 6-2 21510
Chris Reynolds OG-DE 6-0 22011
Chris Richie OT-DL 6-0 23512
Adam Rolfes PK 5-9 14010
Justin Rudd OG-DL 5-9 17011
Adam SchmeingOT-DL 6-2 22012
Mike Schmidt SE-DB 6-0 17012
Andy Schneider SE-DB 6-0 18512
Kevin SchweikertOG-DE 6-3 21512
Craig Sekowski OG-LB5-10 16010
Andrew Simmons OT-DL 6-0 19510
Eric SimonRB-LB5-10 17511
Jason Soden RB-DB5-10 17512
Josh Spears OG-DE5-10 19011
Jeff Stallkamp QB-LB 6-1 17511
Scott StamperRB-LB5-10 20512
Adam TownsendSE-DB 6-2 15511
Chris UnkrautQB-DB 6-0 17012
Tom Unkraut SE-LB5-11 17512
Josh Warren OT-DE 6-5 22012
Louie WartmanOT-DL 5-8 30011
Tyler Wichmann OG-DE 6-0 17510
Nick Wilkerson SE-DB 5-8 15512
Bob ZellerRB-LB 6-1 20012
Dustin ZellerSE-DB5-10 16010