Written by J. Patrick Eaken
November 20, 2009
Two members of the 9-3 Central Catholic football team, which reached the second round of the Division II playoffs, losing 19-13 to Maple Heights in Huron last Saturday, are east side residents. The Irish opened playoff action with a 35-7 victory over 7-4 Rocky River.
One of the Irish’s leading tacklers is All-City League linebacker and East Toledo resident Jake Henderson, who is also a state contender in wrestling. The other starter from this side of town is lineman Ryan Gregory.
Henderson is being looked at in wrestling by North Carolina-Greensboro, Buffalo, Stanford, Columbia, Bucknell, Maryland, Cornell, and Princeton. His father, Dave Henderson, says he is considering Buffalo after a recent trip to the Mid-American Conference school, and adds that Henderson may attempt to walk on for football if he attends these schools.
Looking at Jake primarily for football are Mount Union, Lake Erie, Muskegon, Heidelberg, Notre Dame College, and Wabash College.
Another former Central player, 6-foot-4, 293 pound offensive lineman Eric Herman, is from Oregon and now plays for Ohio University. Herman was red-shirted in 2008.
While at Central, Herman posted 13 solo tackles and 48 total tackles with four tackles for loss and a sack as a senior. He registered 27 total tackles, nine tackles for loss and seven sacks as a junior and was a member of the 2005 Division II state championship team...
Herman claimed First-Team All-City Offensive and Defensive Line honors, was named to the First-Team All-District Offensive Line and Co-Lineman of the Year and Division II Northwest District Lineman of the Year. He was invited to participate in the Ohio North/South All-Star game. Lettered in football three years and track/field four...
Herman is the son of Chris Herman and Debbie Verkin-Siebert and his sister Ellen is a standout on the Ohio volleyball team.