When the dust settled at the end of the Ohio high school
football season, a familiar program and coach were holding the gold trophy as
the Division I state champion.
Cleveland St. Ignatius extended its record to playoff state
championships to 10 by defeating Cincinnati Elder 28-20 in the 2008 Division I
state title game. It marked the 10th title in 21 years for the Wildcats and
their longtime head coach Chuck Kyle. It also ended St. Ignatius’ seven-year
state championship drought – the longest period between titles for the school
since it won its first title in 1988.
St. Ignatius sustained some heavy graduation losses,
although Ohio State-bound linebacker Scott McVey will return for his senior
year. But the door could be open for another program to claim Ohio’s coveted
big-school state championship.
One certainty – it seems – is that a Cincinnati-area school
will be in the title game. Cincinnati schools have reached the championship game
seven times in the last eight years with Cincinnati Elder and Cincinnati St.
Xavier each winning two titles and Cincinnati Colerain claiming one during that
Those three schools – along with re-emerging Cincinnati
Moeller and any number of Dayton-area schools – figure to be the class of Region
4. Cincinnati Anderson, the Division II state champion in 2007 and the state
runner-up last year, has moved up to D-I and could add some spice to that always
Region 3, covering much of central Ohio, could be wide
open. In recent years, Dublin Coffman and Pickerington Central have been the
teams to beat.
Northeast Ohio is split into two regions. As always, St.
Ignatius, Strongsville, Mentor and Cleveland Glenville could be the key teams to
watch in Region 1.
Region 2, which skews more toward the inland teams in
northeast Ohio, could be wide open. North Canton Hoover won the region,
defeating Canton GlenOak in the regional final last year. But longtime powers
Canton McKinley and Massillon Washington will be lurking and working to try and
regain their past glory. Also, defending Division II state champion Sylvania
Southview has moved up to Division I this year and could challenge in this
Schools in each region will battle throughout the regular
season to accumulate playoff points. The top eight teams in each of the four
regions will advance to the playoffs, which will open over the weekend of Nov.
The goal will be to reach the state championship game, set
for Sat., Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium.
Here is our
region-by-region look at the top teams in each corner of the state for Division:
TEAMS TO WATCH
Cleveland Glenville (11-1)
The Tarblooders won their first 11 games and
appeared to be a potential state championship contender. That streak including
an opening week win over rival Cleveland St. Ignatius. But St. Ignatius avenged
that early defeat with a stunning 8-7 win in a regional semifinal before going
on to the state championship itself.
As always, there are heavy graduation losses.
OL Marcus Hall and LB Jonathan Newsome signed with Ohio State. But coach Ted
Ginn Sr. has quite a bit of talent still on hand to try and make another title
S Christian Bryant has scholarship offers from
schools from coast to coast and could be the next spotlight player out of this
inner city school.
Latwaan Anderson transferred from Lakewood St.
Edward, where he was a defensive standout. Jayrone Elliott’s stock has also
risen with colleges during the spring and early summer.
Glenville is expected to win the Senate League
again. The nonconference is daunting with road games against St. Ignatius and
trips downstate to face Reynoldsburg and Huber Heights Wayne.
Cleveland St. Ignatius (14-1, State Champions)
Coach Chuck Kyle, back for his 27th year with
the Wildcats, welcomes back three players with starting experience on offense
and five on defense from his 10th state championship team. Kyle hopes to
maintain the momentum built on that title run.
“We had a couple of camps recently and the
kids were all like, ‘It feels like we just stopped (playing),’ ” Kyle said. “Now
the kids know what the reality is about winning a state championship. What you
hope is that you get to practice an extra five weeks because last year, that
really did help our young kids get more experience during our playoff run.”
LB Scott McVey issued an early commitment to
Ohio State after a dominant four-sack performance in the state title game win
over Cincinnati Elder. For the year, McVey had 94 tackles and 34-1/2
“Scott’s the type of kid, he’s a very focused
athlete,” Kyle said. “He loves playing the game. It’s almost like, ‘That’s (his
recruitment to Ohio State) done, now let’s get ready to play the season.’ He’s
glad it’s out of the way so he can play the game for his team. He had an amazing
season last year.”
Kevin Johnson, who rushed for 302 yards and
four TDs last year, was a state qualifier in the 100-meter dash. Brendan
Carrozoni is being heavily recruited as a tight end. Mark Myers started a few
games for departed senior Andrew Holland last year at quarterback.
The schedule has Glenville at the beginning
and rival Lakewood St. Edward at the end with a ton of challenges – including
Clayton Northmont, Mentor, Massillon Washington and Cincinnati St. Xavier — in
The Cardinals had back-to-back state runner-up
finishes in 2006-07. They only got as far as the second round last year before a
17-3 loss to Strongsville. But coach Steve Trivisonno, back for his 13th year
at the helm, has six starters back on offense and three on defense.
“I think it will be an interesting year,”
Trivisonno said. “We are going to be a young team. We may be a year away from
being the real deal. We have some talent in some spots. It will come down to how
quickly they come along.”
Mike Korecz rushed for 1,100 yards last year
as a sophomore.
“Mike is one of the more talented backs we’ve
had,” Trivisonno said. “He has very good speed and good balance.”
Sam Mayse took over at quarterback and threw
for 1,800 yards.
“Sam is a big-time quarterback,” Trivisonno
said. “He is a big, strong-armed kid. He is being recruited by everybody. He has
a great arm. He has solid speed and he is a smart kid and a good football
Before getting into Lake Erie League play,
Mentor faces a murderer’s row, including Lakewood St. Edward, Strongsville,
Solon, Cleveland St. Ignatius and Cincinnati Moeller.
“It is a very difficult first five,”
The Comets saw their string of playoff berths
snapped at nine straight after finishing ninth in the region last year. But
coach Jim McQuaide, back for his seventh season as the Solon head coach,
welcomes back seven starters on each side of the ball.
“We have some guys with experience,” McQuaide
said. “On our defense, we have experience on all three levels. That is
advantageous for us.”
The key name is Darryl Baldwin, who is
considered the state’s No. 6 senior prospect. He has offers from all of the top
schools in the Midwest, including Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame
and Michigan State.
“He has tremendous skill for a guy his size,”
McQuaide said. “He runs very well. He plays defensive end and tight end for us.
He is a big man, but he has the skill to match that size.”
Solon opens at Garfield Heights, but has four
of its tougher games – Mentor, Mayfield, Brunswick and Strongsville – at home.
Longtime assistant Tom Gibbons took over as
the Panthers’ new head coach last year and he helped lead Euclid to a playoff
berth. But the Panthers fell to Strongsville 35-28 in the first round. He has
two starters back on both sides of the ball.
“We do not have a lot of experience coming
back,” Gibbons said. “Our senior class is still pretty strong. Some of them even
had to play JV ball last year and that team was 8-2. We like the group of
underclassmen who are coming up. I think we have good team quickness and pretty
Devonte Jones could be a difference maker as a
slot receiver. Chuck Bradford figures to get some look from colleges as an
athlete prospect, Gibbons said.
“Chuck is a dual threat kind of guy,” Gibbons
said. “We think his arm strength can improve as he gets stronger and we think he
can make some things happen.”
The nonleague schedule includes Strongsville,
Lakewood St. Edward, Willoughby South and Warren Harding.
Youngstown Boardman (5-5)
The Spartans want to get back into the
playoffs this year after missing the field a year ago. Coach D.J. Ogilvie, back
for his sixth year at Boardman, has four starters back on offense and three on
“We have a big senior class, but we do not
have that much experience on either line,” Ogilvie said. “We have a lot of kids
the same size. I told them this summer I have no idea who is going to play (on
DE J.T. Moore accepted an early scholarship
offer from Ohio State.
“The number one thing with J.T. is he has a
great motor,” Ogilvie said. “He plays both ways for us. He is a good, quality
kid with good grades. The thing I like about him is he is a good leader.”
Rob Boyd started at quarterback last year.
“Rob has a great arm and he is very accurate,”
Ogilvie said. “He has a great throwing motion. He has a rifle for an arm.”
The Mustangs enjoyed a big year, posting
playoff wins over Euclid and Mentor before falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius in
the regional final. Russ Jacques (pronounced ‘Jakes’) is back for his 17th year
as the Strongsville head coach and he has a strong nucleus returning with seven
starters back on offense and four on defense.
“Our numbers are great and having a great
season last year that really motivated these guys,” Jacques said. “We went into
the summer with a great attitude to try and get some things done. We were there
knocking on the door and now we want to take that next step.”
TE Ray Hamilton is already attracting interest
from some major colleges.
“Our lines should be our strength,” Jacques
said. “We only lost one kid on the offensive line and the tight end, Hamilton,
is already being recruited by a couple of big D-I schools.”
Jacques must find a replacement for departed
starter Kellen Pagel at quarterback.
“That is our biggest question mark, who that’s
going to be,” Jacques said. “But we have a lot of candidates to look at.”
The nonleague slate includes rematches from
the playoffs with Euclid and Mentor as well as a game against D-III playoff
qualifier Parma Padua.
Willoughby South (8-3)
The Rebels got into the playoffs last year as
the sixth seed in the region before dropping a first-round game to Mentor. Matt
Duffy is back for his seventh year as the South head coach.
“With a very competitive schedule, we hope our
guys can mature and grow into their roles,” Duffy said. “If that occurs, we hope
to be competitive every week.
DE/OT Marcus Williams was a two-way standout
last year. He blocked at 91 percent on offense and tallied 48 tackles on
TB/LB Gary Harmon followed up a 1,000-yard
season as a sophomore by rushing for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games
last year. He split carries with Dominique Darling, who had 1,200 yards and 12
TDs as a sophomore last year.
Cal Rainey takes over at quarterback for
departed starter Patrick Nicely, who signed with Akron. His main target could be
Ed Nicholson, who averaged 17 yards on his 23 catches last year.
Also Keep An Eye On
Brecksville-Broadview Heights (7-4)
The Bees secured the fifth seed for the
playoffs last year but they ran into a buzz saw with Glenville in the first
|East Cleveland Shaw (9-1)
Shaw posted a 9-0 regular season record and
qualified for the Division II playoffs before a first-round loss to Madison. Now
Shaw moves up to Division I. WR Tyrone Williams (6-5, 205, Sr.) is the No. 14
rated prospect in the state by Ohio High magazine.
|Lakewood St. Edward (6-5)
St. Edward goes in a new direction (again) as
it has hired Mayfield defensive coordinator Rick Finotti to replace Scott
Niedzwiecki, who left after just two years on the job. Finotti helped Mayfield
post a 10-2 record and six consecutive shutouts in 2008. The 2008 season ended
with consecutive losses to St. Ignatius in the regular season and first round of
“I know how important that game is to the
community, the alumni and everyone on both sides of these fine institutions,”
Finotti said. “That is the one game we are looking forward to and I fully
understand the importance of that.”
The Wildcats take
the jump up from Division II to D-I. Mayfield was ousted by Akron Hoban in a
regional semifinal game last year.
The Raiders have a nice nucleus in WR/CB D.J.
Williamson (6-2, 175, Sr.) and QB/SS Mike Dorsey (6-2, 205). Williamson has
already accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan and Dorsey to West Virginia,
Other Teams In The Region
North Royalton (5-5),
North Olmsted (4-6), Painesville Riverside (5-5), Shaker Heights (5-5), Garfield
Heights (4-6), Austintown-Fitch (5-5), Cleveland John Adams (8-2), Cleveland
John Marshall (4-6), Parma (6-4), Cleveland Rhodes (4-6), Lakewood (1-9),
Eastlake North (4-6), Parma Heights Valley Forge (3-7), Middleburg Heights
Midpark (4-6), Lyndhurst Brush (0-10), Cleveland John Marshall (4-6), Cleveland
Lincoln West (1-9).
Macedonia Nordonia (7-4)
Al Huge, an assistant at Nordonia since 1997
and the defensive coordinator since 2002, took over as the head coach last year
and led the Knights to a playoff berth. Nordonia dropped its first-round game to
“We will have new faces out on the field with
a lot of opportunities for juniors to have significant playing time,” Huge said.
“We will not be a very big team, but we will be athletic.”
The Knights face a difficult schedule in the
Northern Ohio Conference.
“Our team is facing its toughest schedule in
school history,” Huge said. “We are excited about the challenge. We are moving
to the upper division of the NOC. Strongsville, Solon, Brunswick, Mayfield and
Medina make up our conference. Tallmadge and Wadsworth are the first two game
on the schedule.”
Canton GlenOak (10-3)
Scott Garcia returns for his third year as the
coach at GlenOak, which welcomes back four starters on offense and five on
defense. GlenOak advanced to the regional final before losing to Federal League
rival North Canton Hoover 14-0.
“We have a lot of experience at the skill
positions,” Garcia said. “We only have one starter back on the offense and
defensive lines. We need some inexperienced guys up front to step up if we’re
going to be able to get back to where we want to be.”
Garcia hopes the playoff run will provide his
team some momentum for 2009.
“We made it to the third round, so we got
those three extra weeks of practice,” he said.
Brandon Martin passed for over 1,000 yards and
rushed for close to 800.
“We are a multiple offense,” Garcia said. “We
will run out of the I-formation, but we will also run some out of the shotgun
with Brandon running the ball.”
Andrew Ross will be a three-year starter at
OLB. Garman led the team in tackles (107) as a sophomore in 2007 and had a
team-high 125 stops last year. He also scored three defensive touchdowns for the
“Andrew has been a pretty good player for us,”
Garman said. “He needs four tackles to become the all-time leading tackler at
As always, the Federal League schedule will be
a challenge. GlenOak also plays Massillon Washington and Green outside the
Canton McKinley (6-5)
Former Miami (Ohio) assistant Ron Johnson took
over the McKinley program last year and led the Bulldogs to a playoff berth in
his first season. McKinley dropped its playoff opener to Federal League rival
“It was very encouraging,” Johnson said. “We
came in following a 3-7 season and took the program over. We came in and played
so many young guys. We started out 0-2, but then we went on a pretty good run.”
Johnson welcomes back six offensive starters
and 10 on defense.
“It’s very exciting,” Johnson said. “Our kids
are locked in and focused. They got after it this off-season. I think this is a
mature, seasoned group and they have high aspirations.”
One of the youngsters that got playing time in
2008 was Kyle Ohradzansky, who started at quarterback as a sophomore. He threw
for 1,400 yards with 15 touchdowns against just seven interceptions.
DE Steve Miller is considered one of Ohio’s
top five junior prospects as he tallied 100 tackles, 11 sacks and 23
tackles-for-loss. He earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a sophomore and is in
line for a number of major college offers.
“He just plays with great effort,” Johnson
said. “He takes coaching very week. He is strong, uses good technique and just
plays very hard.”
McKinley could be a team to watch in the
Federal League. Nonleague games with Cleveland East Tech, Huber Heights Wayne
and rival Massillon Washington (which won that Week 10 showdown 17-0 last year)
all loom large.
Massillon Washington (6-5)
Jason Hall, who previously coached at Ravenna
Southeast, Lyndhurst Brush and Macedonia Nordonia, assumed control of the
Massillon program last year. He led the Tigers to a playoff berth but Massillon
dropped its first-round game to North Canton Hoover 14-7.
Hall welcomes back seven starters on offense
and five on defense.
“Our kids had a great off-season,” Hall said.
“If our kids can reach their potential, I think we can have a very successful
season. Our junior and senior classes are a very tight-knit group. We are having
fun coaching them and they are responding by bringing it every day.”
Rob Partridge has the potential to be a
run/pass threat. He started half of last season and tallied 471 yards and four
“Rob had a great end of the season and had a
great off-season,” Hall said. “He is developed physically. He has really matured
and he is the leader of our offense. Our whole offense is predicated on him. We
run multiple formations and run the zone, the zone read, the stretch and the
Bo Grunder had 19 catches for 271 yards and
seven touchdowns as a junior. He also had 54 tackles and three interceptions on
defense. Spencer Leno tallied a team-high 102 tackles and 17 tackles-for-loss as
As an independent, Massillon plays a
challenging schedule. Some of the opponents include GlenOak, Cleveland St.
Ignatius, Steubenville, Warren Harding, Mentor and the rivalry game with
Sylvania Southview (15-0, Division II State Champions)
The Cougars rolled all the way to the Division II state
championship, defeating defending champion Cincinnati Anderson 29-25 in the
title game. But with the OHSAA two-year cycle for shuffling the divisions by
enrollment coming this year, Southview moved up to Division I and will not
defend its title.
Southview lost 2,500-yard passer Alex Pidcock to
graduation. Alan Gant, though just a sophomore, could be an answer at that
pivotal position. he caught a touchdown pass in the title game last year.
Jimmy Hall was a two-way standout last year as a junior. He
had 47 catches for 963 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense and 84 tackles and
four interceptions on defense.
LB/RB Dylan Coleman tallied 90 tackles and 11-1/2
tackles-for-loss to help lead the defense.
Southview outscored its opponents 40.9-12.0 on average in
Also Keep An Eye On
|North Canton Hoover (12-2)
Hoover reached the state semifinals behind the
exploits of Ohio’s Mr. Football award winner and the Ohio High player of the
year RB Erick Howard (5-10, 210, Sr.). Howard rushed for 2,387 yards and 31
touchdowns. He also registered 98 tackles, three sacks and eight
tackles-for-loss. Hoover dropped its semifinal game to Cleveland St. Ignatius
Brunswick is led by coach Rich Nowak, who
returns for his 18th year at the helm. He guided the Blue Devils to the second
round of the playoffs, where Brunswick fell to Canton GlenOak 28-3.
|Fremont Ross (8-2)
The Little Giants missed the playoffs, but
could contend in 2009 behind QB Cody Foos (6-0, 180, Sr.).
The Grizzlies are led by wide receiver Anthony
Schrock (6-3, 175, Sr.), who had 32 catches for 738 yards and seven touchdowns
as a junior.
Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (5-5)
Anthony Wayne makes the jump up from the
Division II ranks. OL Andrew Donnal (6-7, 265, Sr.) has a wide range of
Twinsburg made a jump from 3-7 in 2007 to nine
wins and a berth in the regional semifinals in 2008. The Tigers downed Amherst
Steele 20-11 in their playoff opener before falling to North Canton Hoover 13-10
in the second round.
Other Teams In The Region
Hudson (5-5), Medina (4-6), Toledo
Start (4-6), Toledo Whitmer (4-5), Perrysburg (6-4), Toledo St. John’s (7-3),
Stow-Munroe Falls (4-6), Massillon Perry (4-6), Lorain Admiral King (7-3),
Amherst Steele (8-2), Massillon Jackson (5-5), Findlay (6-4), Cuyahoga Falls
(2-8), Green (4-6), Toledo Bowsher (4-6), Elyria (2-8), Oregon Clay (7-3),
Toledo Waite (1-9).
|Dublin Coffman (7-3)
After reaching the state semifinals with a 13-1 season in
2007, Coffman went 7-3 and finished 10th n the region to miss the playoffs. Mark
Crabtree, back for his ninth year at Coffman and 15th season as a varsity head
coach, has six starters back on offense and five on defense.
“I think our players were definitely disappointed about
missing the playoffs last year, but we had nobody to blame but ourselves,”
Crabtree said. “We started out 7-0, but we lost our last three games by a total
of 15 points. We weren’t probably athletic enough to make enough of the plays we
needed to defeat the teams we played at the end of the year. We lost to three
playoff teams there at the end.”
Cole Stoudt, whose brother Zack was the previous starter
and a Louisville signee last year, stepped in as the starter last year as a
sophomore. Stoudt, son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, is now regarded
as one of the state’s top 20 prospects in the 2011 class and has an offer to
“The first thing we saw with Cole was he does have the
ability to play at this level,” Crabtree said. “As a sophomore in high school,
you never know. He came in and competed against kids two years older than him.
He did a good job being a leader and taking charge. He was not intimidated by
“It’s nice to know we have him for two more seasons. He is
mechanically sound and has the ability to make good decisions. His future is
Coffman opens with Powell Olentangy Liberty with a game at
Ohio Stadium as part of the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Series. As always, the Ohio
Capital Conference Central Division – with the likes of Upper Arlington,
Hilliard Davidson and Worthington Kilbourne – looms large.
Upper Arlington (10-2)
The Golden Bears downed Marysville 28-16 in
their playoff opener last year before falling to Pickerington Central 24-16 in a
regional semifinal. Coach Mike Golden returns five starters on offense and three
“There is a lot of enthusiasm around the
program,” Golden said. “The expectations are always high at Upper Arlington. Our
freshmen were undefeated and the JV team was 8-1 last year. There are a lot of
good kids in the program. I think we’re just excited for the year.
“I think we’re going to be very good up front.
We have a number of kids back who played on the line last year. We are excited
about that and we will build around our offensive and defensive lines.”
Kyle Cassady is the grandson of Howard
“Hopalong” Cassady, who won the Heisman Trophy for Ohio State in 1955.
“Kyle was going to be our starter last year,
but he broke his arm in the first scrimmage and was out for the whole year,”
Golden said. “He is an exciting player. He is a really good athlete. He plays on
our lacrosse team.”
It doesn’t get any tougher than UA’s opening
game assignment. The Golden Bears open in the Herbstreit Series at Ohio Stadium,
but they must play defending USA Today national champion Fort Lauderdale (Fla.)
St. Thomas Aquinas.
Hilliard Davidson (11-2)
Davidson won the 2006 Division I state
championship, but ended up 10th in the region in 2007 and missed the playoffs.
After a 9-1 regular season, the Wildcats took playoff wins over Grove City and
Worthington Kilbourne before falling to Pickerington Central 7-3 in the regional
Brian White returns for his 10th year at
Davidson and 12th season as a varsity head coach.
“If we can match the leadership and chemistry
we found last year, we should be able to compete for a spot in the playoffs for
the sixth time in the last seven years,” White said. “(The OCC Central) is a
tough league. We have several rivals with Upper Arlington, Coffman, Kilbourne
and crosstown rival Hilliard Darby.
“If all the pieces fall into place, I think we
have an opportunity to be there in the end. We are still waiting for a couple of
key players to buy into the philosophy we have at Davidson, and a couple others
to provide the leadership necessary to allow us to reach our potential. High
expectations have become the norm at Davidson. If this group can do as many
groups before them and reach or exceed their potential, it could be a good year
for the Wildcats.”
Pickerington Central (13-1)
It has been a great three-year run for the
Tigers, who have posted a 37-4 record and two state final fours. Central was the
state runner-up in Division II in 2006 before moving to D-I in 2007. Last year,
the Tigers reeled off 13 wins to open the year, including playoff wins over
Delaware Hayes, Upper Arlington and Hilliard Davidson.
The run ended with a 24-10 loss to Cincinnati
Elder in the state semifinals. Central lost several major college signees off
that team, including DB Jamie Wood and LB Zach Boren to Ohio State and DB
Patrick White to Michigan State.
Jay Sharrett, back for his seventh year as the
Central head coach, has just two starters back on offense and three on defense.
“I think we’ve got some good guys who can fill
some of those holes,” Sharrett said. “When you send guys on to play ball on
scholarship, you know it may take two or three guys to do some of the things
those guys did. You still have to put it together. I think we have some guys who
“You just have to wind it up and give it a
shot. We may not be picked to be very good, but that can sometimes give you some
Grant Hammond is the leading candidate to step
in at quarterback. DB Eilar Hardy is considered among Ohio’s top 20 prospects in
the 2011 class. Malcolm Parnell could be a difference maker at corner.
“Malcolm is our best cover corner,” Sharrett
said. “He’s fast. He has 4.4 speed. He is a top track kid, too.”
Central will face Orange (Calif.) Lutheran in
the Herbstreit Series at Ohio Stadium.
Worthington Kilbourne (9-3)
Kilbourne downed Columbus Brookhaven 14-6 in
its playoff opener before falling to OCC Central rival Hilliard Davidson 21-7 in
a regional semifinal. Coach Vince Trombetti, back for his fourth season as the
Wolves’ head coach, has four starters back on offense and two returning on
“We don’t have a lot of guys back, but I think
we have them back at the right positions at least to start with,” Trombetti
said. “We had 30 seniors on the team last year and we have 20 coming back this
year. We know we need some juniors to step up and fill some of those gaps.
“Only one time in school history has Kilbourne
gone to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons and that was 2004-05. We can do
that with this team, but we need to see some more consistency to do that.”
Nathan Sparks was a starter on defense and
will slide into the quarterback spot.
“Nathan will be more of a quarterback this
year,” Trombetti said. “He will still play some at strong safety, though. He has
played quarterback in our system in middle school and with the JV team. It may
be hard to step in as an option quarterback.”
Westerville South (5-5)
Coach Rocky Pentello has three starters back
on offense and nine returning on defense. The Wildcats have a tough early
schedule with games against Hilliard Davidson at Ohio Stadium in the Herbstreit
Series as well as against Columbus Watterson and Clayton Northmont.
“We better get off to a good start,” Pentello
said. “I think we’ve got some potential coming back. But it’s what the kids do
with that potential.”
John Jennings has limited experience at
“He only played quarterback for two games
after our starter broke his leg,” Pentello said. “But we think he runs well. If
we want to run the quarterback on the option, we think he can do that. He can
also throw it pretty good.”
Also Keep An Eye On
|Gahanna Lincoln (4-6)
John Snoad is looking for better success in
his second year at the helm with Gahanna. RB/WR Earl Cunningham, a two-year
letter-winner, is among the top returnees.
Westerville North (2-8)
Mike Owens takes over as the new coach at
North. Key returnees include TE/DE Andrew Ziegler (6-2, 225, Sr.), ILB/FB Drew
Hall (5-10, 215, Sr.) and WR/OLB Kenny Macauley (6-0, 175, Sr.).
The Golden Gales will look to get back into
the playoff hunt behind DB Nathan Carpenter (5-10, 181, Sr.), son of coach Rob
Former North coach and Kettering Fairmont
athletic director Rick Robertson took over as the head coach in the first year
at the consolidated Springfield High. The Wildcats could take a step toward
contention in 2009 behind DL Desmond McCown (6-3, 230, Sr.) and LB Trey DePriest
(6-2, 210, Jr.). DePriest is considered among Ohio’s top five prospects in the
Liberty makes the leap up to Division I from D-II, where the Patriots advanced
to the regional semifinals last year before falling to Medina Highland 35-0.
Other Teams In The Region
Lima Senior (2-8), Hilliard Darby
(6-4), Westerville Central (0-10), Groveport-Madison (4-6), Pickerington North
(5-5), Marysville (7-3), Newark (1-9), Delaware Hayes (7-3), Thomas Worthington
(2-8), Reynoldsburg (2-8), Grove City Central Crossing (1-9), Grove City (6-4),
Marion Harding (1-9), Mount Vernon (1-9), Galloway Westland (1-9), Columbus
Franklin Heights (5-5), Columbus Northland (4-6), Columbus West (1-8), Troy
(6-4), Hilliard Bradley (new school).
Note: Four schools in this
region (Grove City, Grove City Central Crossing, Columbus Franklin Heights and
Galloway Westland) needed to have a ballot issue pass in August in order to
support football teams and athletics for the coming school year. If that issue
fails, many teams in this region will be scrambling at the last minute to fill
scheduling vacancies. Also, Hilliard Bradley is a new school. Bradley’s exact
divisional assignment will be made once its enrollment total is certified.
Cincinnati St. Xavier (4-6)
From 2005-07, St. Xavier posted a 40-2 record
with a pair of 15-0 state championship seasons. But the Bombers took a step back
in 2008, losing several tight games and posting a losing record.
“You never settle for anything but the best,”
said St. X coach Steve Specht, who is back for his fifth year with the Bombers.
“But we felt the schedule we had was brutal. We played a number of teams ranked
in the top 20 in the country. We didn’t stay healthy. We lost three games by a
total of seven points. I don’t look at last year as a failure. We had a group of
young kids who worked hard. The ball just didn’t bounce our way last year.”
Specht welcomes back seven starters on offense
and five on defense.
“Our offensive line should be the strength of
our team,” Specht said. “We bring back our quarterback and we feel he is a major
college prospect. We have a nice stable of running backs. We have to find some
Luke Massa split time at quarterback last year
nursing an injury. He threw for 752 yards and three touchdowns a year ago and is
a Cincinnati recruit.
“He is the smartest quarterback I have
coached,” Specht said. “He makes unbelievable decisions. He is very even keeled
and poised in the pocket.”
Matt James is considered one of the nation’s
top offensive line prospects with offers from a number of top schools, including
Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
“We have leaned Matt out a little bit and he
looks good,” Specht said. “Other than the fact he’s got size and athleticism, if
you come to our practices you’ll see a kid who works as hard in practice as he
does in a game.”
St. X opens with Cincinnati Colerain in the
Crosstown Showdown. Four state championship teams – Indianapolis Cathedral,
Louisville Trinity, Fort Thomas (Ky.) Highlands and Cleveland St. Ignatius – dot
the schedule. Plus, the usual Greater Catholic League challenges of Cincinnati
Elder and Cincinnati Moeller loom large.
Clayton Northmont (10-2)
The Thunderbolts have qualified for the
playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons. Northmont edged Kettering Fairmont
28-27 in its playoff opener before losing to eventual state runner-up Cincinnati
Elder 13-10 in the second round. Coach Lance Schneider, starting his 11th year
at Northmont, has three starters back on offense and five on defense.
“The biggest thing is we have to replace four
of our five offensive linemen and all three linebackers,” Schneider said. “How
well we can do that will determine how good we’re going to be. Last year, we had
to do the same thing with the offensive line and we had some kids step up.”
Tyler Kerlin and Rob Sakosky will battle to
replace departed starter Chase Belton, now at Wabash, at quarterback.
Josh McClain made 12 catches last year and is
already attracting interest from schools, including offers from Colorado and
Alabama. Cooper, a three-year starter, is a Ball State recruit.
Northmont opens with West Chester Lakota West
in the Crosstown Showdown and will also visit Cleveland St. Ignatius before
diving into Greater Western Ohio Conference play.
The Elks have been one of the most consistent
programs in Ohio under Ron Ullery, who returns for his 10th year as the
Centerville coach. Centerville dropped its playoff opener to Cincinnati Elder
52-27 last year. Ullery welcomes back five starters on offense and seven on
“We had a great senior class last year, but we
still had a lot of young guys who got experience and ended up starting as the
year went on,” Ullery said. “I think we’ve got a lot of expectations, but we’ll
still be relatively young. We may have as many as nine juniors starting on
“We have some young and hungry guys who are
eager to be coached.”
Bertram will be a first-year starter at
quarterback. Miller and Rose were each placers in the state wrestling meet.
Centerville will play Liberty Twp. Lakota
East, Mason and Cincinnati Moeller before diving into GWOC play.
Huber Heights Wayne (8-4)
Wayne was off to a 5-0 start before Braxton Miller, its
standout quarterback, suffered a broken leg in a Week 6 game against Clayton
Northmont. Wayne still made the playoff field and swamped unbeaten Cincinnati
Woodward 52-0 in its opener before falling to Cincinnati Colerain 23-0 in the
Miller has recovered from the injury and is considered
Ohio’s top prospect in the 2011 class. After throwing for 1,000 yards and
rushing for 500 as a freshman, he threw for 642 yards and five touchdowns in six
games before the injury.
“When you have a player like Braxton, you have to feel good
about that,” said Wayne coach Jay Minton, who returns for his 11th
year as the Wayne coach and 19th as a varsity head coach. “His
competitiveness and athletic ability, that is a combination that you don’t see
very often. He’s a special player who, when he steps on the field, he makes
everyone else around him better.”
Minton has five starters back on offense and six on
“We feel we are pretty solid up front,” Minton said. “At
receiver, we don’t have that one marquee guy. With Braxton being there, you want
to make sure you have some guys who can run great routes and catch the ball.”
The schedule will be a challenge. Wayne opens against
Cincinnati Princeton in the Crosstown Showdown before going upstate to visit
Canton McKinley and hosting powerful Cleveland Glenville. Wayne also figures to
be in the GWOC hunt.
It has been a pretty good two years at the helm for Tom
Bolden, who followed the legendary Kerry Coombs as the Colerain coach in 2007.
In two seasons, the Cardinals have gone 21-3 under Bolden. Last year, Colerain
downed Cincinnati Moeller and Huber Heights Wayne in the playoffs before falling
to Cincinnati Elder 27-20 in double overtime in a heart-stopping regional final.
Middletown snapped Colerain’s string of 61 straight Greater
Miami Conference wins, but the Cardinals still won the conference title.
Bolden welcomes back seven starters on offense and six on
“Without a doubt, we are still a young team,” Bolden said.
“We played six sophomores last year. They did not perform like sophomores. They
excelled. Defensively, we think we will be as athletic and as fast as we have
Greg Tabar is a caretaker in the option offense, although
he threw for 515 yards and six touchdowns last year. Tyon Williams and Trayion
Durham each eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last year. Williams finished with 1,269
yards and 16 TDs rushing, while Durham had 1,032 yards and nine scores.
Colerain meets St. Xavier in the Crosstown Showdown and
visits Cincinnati Elder as well. Another Greater Miami Conference title will be
the goal when the conference season arrives.
Cincinnati Moeller (11-2)
John Rodenberg stepped in as the Moeller coach last year
and led the Crusaders to a playoff berth. Moeller dropped its first-round game
to Colerain 17-10. Rodenberg’s team could be poised to go deeper in 2009 with
seven starters back on offense and eight returning on defense.
“We were excited with the way we got into the playoffs,”
Rodenberg said. “We beat St. Xavier and Lakewood St. Edward. Unfortunately, we
got in there and lost to Colerain. We have a lot of guys coming back. We hope
they can play up to their potential. Our region is extremely tough, but if they
can do that we could be in the thick of it this year.
“We are excited to have that many starters back. That puts
me under a lot of pressure I guess,” Rodenberg joked.
All eyes will be on Andrew Hendrix, who issued a verbal
commitment to Notre Dame in late June. He threw for 1,609 yards with 11
touchdowns against seven interceptions last year.
“He’s got phenomenal arm strength and release,” Rodenberg
said. “He is very intelligent, he makes great decisions and he is a humble
LB Nick Galvin tallied 9-1/2 sacks as a junior. LB Marcus
Rush and OL Jeff Tanner each have a host of college offers.
Cincinnati Elder (13-2, Division I State Runner-Up)
Elder moved back into the forefront in the GCL as well as
on the statewide stage with its run to the state title game. There had been some
lean times for the Panthers since winning back-to-back state titles in 2002-03.
After winning the regional title, Elder downed Pickerington
Central 24-10 in a state semifinal before falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius
28-20 in the title game. Still, it was a major breakthrough for an Elder program
that had failed to win a playoff game in its two playoff appearances since
winning its last title in 2003.
“It was an exciting year,” said Elder coach Doug Ramsey,
who is starting his 13th year as the Panthers head coach. “I’m not
sure there were a ton of expectations for that team. That team was a big-time
overachiever. We won 13 games and we lost one to the eventual national champion
(Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) and one in the state title game.”
Elder will have four returning starters on offense and
seven on defense.
“Our skill positions on offense should be pretty good,”
Ramsey said. “But we lost all five of our linemen from last year. We have a
chance to have a bigger line than we had last year. On defense, we don’t
normally have seven guys back. We expect the defense to play well.”
Mark Miller threw for 1,968 yards with 21 touchdowns
against just four interceptions.
“Mark understands the game,” Ramsey said. “He is a very
accurate quarterback and gets the ball to the open receiver.”
Alex Welch, who had four touchdowns among his 16 catches
last year, has already verbally committed to Notre Dame.
The schedule is tough as nails. Elder faces Illinois state
champion East St. Louis and Kentucky state champion Louisville Trinity. Elder
also faces Colerain, Lakewood St. Edward and Columbus DeSales in addition to the
usual GCL challenges.
Cincinnati Anderson (12-3, Division II State Runner-Up)
Over the last two years, Anderson has posted a 25-5 mark
with a Division II state title in 2007 and a runner-up finish in 2008. So what
kind of reward do the Redskins get as a reward? They get moved up to Division I
after the latest enrollment survey by the OHSAA.
“We are moving up and we will be the smallest school by
enrollment in Region 4,” said Anderson coach Jeff Giesting. “We will do the best
we can. It’s a chance to show where our program is at. The biggest difference is
the physicality of the football. In Division I, hardly anybody plays both ways.
We do two-platoon.
“It is a chance for us to play some great teams like St. X
and Elder and Moeller and Colerain. We get to see where we stack up after two
pretty successful years in D-II.”
Giesting has five starters back on offense and six on
defense. The key name is Andrew Norwell, who is considered among the nation’s
best OL and has already verbally committed to Ohio State.
“He is a very physical player who works to get better,”
Giesting said. “He has size and long arms and good balance. He works at it.”
Giesting said QB Brandon Bornhauser played a “fair amount”
at quarterback last year and is ready to step in. It helps to have a talent like
Kyle Slater at running back. He tallied 1,965 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns
last year, including 26 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns in Anderson’s
29-25 loss to Sylvania Southview in the D-II state title game.
Kettering Fairmont (7-4)
Fairmont made its first-ever playoff appearance last year,
finishing seventh in the regional rankings. The heartbreaking first-round loss
to Clayton Northmont has not stymied the excitement.
“It was an outstanding off-season after the team’s first
playoff trip,” said coach Brain Blevins, back for his seventh year as the
Fairmont head coach. “All of that contributes to some high expectations. We
expect to compete for a (GWOC) championship and to make a run in the playoffs.”
Michael Shope and Jordan Erbes are building blocks on the
offensive line. Brendon Cunningham had 58 catches and six touchdowns last year,
Sherman Wilkinson made 27 catches with three touchdowns. Matt Jackson had 124
tackles and nine tackles-for-loss on defense last year.
West Chester Lakota West (6-4)
Lakota West coach Larry Cox is back for his 13th year with
the Firebirds. He welcomes back six starters on offense and five on defense.
“We never change our expectations,” Cox said. “We have a
good senior class coming back. There are 30-plus seniors. Our main goal is to
win the (GMC) championship. We feel if you win our league, you’ve got a shot to
win a state championship. It is easier to get into the playoffs than it is to
win our league.”
Jordan Hicks is rated as Ohio’s No. 1 college prospect and
as one of the nation’s top linebackers. He tallied 88 tackles, 15-1/2
tackles-for-loss and two interceptions as a junior. He is considering offers
from Ohio State, USC, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
TE Alex Smith tallied 27 catches and four touchdowns as a
junior. He committed early to Cincinnati, but has reconsidered that verbal.
Peters threw for 765 yards and 10 touchdowns last year.
“He’s got a strong arm,” Cox said. “He sees everything. He
is a very good athlete and is athletic for a tall kid.”
Lakota West faces Clayton Northmont, Lancaster and
Kettering Fairmont before embarking on GMC play.
Also Keep An Eye On
Cincinnati Sycamore (8-2)
The Aviators were in the hard-luck spot of
finishing ninth in the region’s playoff standings and missed the field. There is
more hard luck as top rusher Bud Golden and top receiver Steve Hull have
|Cincinnati Princeton (5-5)
Princeton could push for a playoff berth
behind the play of quarterback Spencer Ware (6-0, 215, Sr.), who is considered
one of the state’s top 10 prospects for 2010. Ware threw for 1,938 yards and 13
TDs last year and also rushed for 741 yards and 15 scores.
Cincinnati Woodward (10-1)
The Bulldogs went 10-0 and claimed a playoff
berth before being upended by Huber Heights Wayne 52-0 in the first round.
Other Teams In The Region
(4-6), Cincinnati Withrow (4-6), Beavercreek (5-5), Xenia (2-8), Fairborn (3-7),
Springboro (7-3), Cincinnati Glen Este (5-5), Liberty Twp. Lakota East
(3-7), Hamilton (7-3), Middletown (6-4), Loveland (6-4), Milford (4-6), Lebanon
(7-3), Mason (2-8), Miamisburg (2-8), Cincinnati Oak Hills (3-7), Cincinnati
Western Hills (3-6), Fairfield (1-9).
PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES
QB Mark Myers, Cleveland
LB Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius
QB Sam Mayse, Mentor
WR Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland Shaw
QB Brandon Martin, Canton GlenOak
DE Steve Miller, junior, Canton McKinley
QB Rob Partridge, Massillon Washington
S/WR Jimmy Hall, Sylvania Southview
RB Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover
QB Cole Stoudt, junior, Dublin Coffman
QB Luke Massa, Cincinnati St. Xavier
QB Braxton Miller, junior, Huber Heights Wayne
RB Tyler Williams, junior, Cincinnati Colerain
QB Andrew Hendrix, Cincinnati Moeller
QB Mark Miller, Cincinnati Elder
RB Kyle Slater, Cincinnati Anderson
LB Jordan Hicks, West Chester Lakota West
WR Brendan Cunningham, Kettering Fairmont
QB Spencer Ware, Cincinnati Princeton
GAMES OF INTEREST
(all games Aug. 28
unless noted) – There are a number of
big events planned for the opening weekend, including the 12th
Crosstown Showdown Aug. 28-29 in the Cincinnati/Dayton area.
On Fri., Aug. 28, there
will be a doubleheader at Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium. At 6 p.m., Cincinnati
LaSalle met Cincinnati Oak Hills. At 8:30 p.m., Cincinnati Colerain faces
Cincinnati St. Xavier (Colerain won 13-8 last year).
There will also be an Aug.
28 doubleheader at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. Clayton Northmont meets West
Chester Lakota West at 6 p.m., while Huber Heights Wayne faces Cincinnati
Princeton at 8:30 p.m.
On Sat., Aug. 29, Cincinnati
Moeller tackles Cincinnati Winton Woods at 5:30 p.m., while Cincinnati Elder
faces East St. Louis, Ill., at 8:15 p.m.
Another big event for the
first weekend will be the Kirk Herbstreit Varsity Football Series at Ohio
Stadium in Columbus.
That event has a
doubleheader on Aug. 29 as Upper Arlington plays Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St.
Thomas Aquinas, the defending USA Today national champion, at noon, followed by
a match-up between Hilliard Davidson and Westerville South at 3:30 p.m. The
UA-Aquinas game will be televised by ESPN, while the Davidson-South game will be
televised by ESPNU. On Aug. 30, Olentangy Liberty meets Dublin Coffman at noon
and Pickerington Central faces Orange (Calif.) Lutheran at 3:30 p.m. That
doubleheader will be televised by ESPNU.
Key games on Aug. 28: Euclid
at Strongsville, Kettering Alter at Kettering Fairmont (Alter is the defending
Division IV state champion), Macedonia Nordonia at Tallmadge, Lakewood St.
Edward at Mentor, Washington (D.C.) Coolidge at North Canton Hoover, Toledo St.
Francis at Sylvania Southview (Southview is the defending Division II state
champion) and Youngstown Mooney at Youngstown Boardman.
Key games on Aug. 29:
Cleveland Glenville at defending Division I state champion Cleveland St.
Ignatius (Glenville won 20-17 in the regular season, but St. Ignatius prevailed
8-7 in a regional semifinal playoff game) and Solon at Shaker Heights at 2 p.m.
Week 2 (all games Sept. 4
unless noted) – Avon Lake at
Brunswick, Hilliard Davidson at Columbus Brookhaven (Davidson won 24-21 last
year), Lakewood St. Edward at Euclid, North Canton Hoover at Louisville (Hoover
won 22-0 last year), Strongsville at Mentor (Strongsville won 30-27 last year)
and Dublin Scioto at Toledo Central Catholic.
On Sept. 3, Canton GlenOak
visits Massillon Washington.
On Sept. 5, Huber Heights
Wayne at Canton McKinley, Clayton Northmont at Cleveland St. Ignatius (St.
Ignatius won 23-3 last year), Cleveland Glenville at Reynoldsburg and
Steubenville at Pittsburgh Woodland Hills.
On Sept. 6, Cincinnati
Colerain travels to Cincinnati Elder. That game, set for a noon start, could be
televised nationally by one of the ESPN networks. Elder won 27-20 in double
overtime in a regional final game last year.
Week 3 (all games Sept.
11 unless noted) – Cincinnati St.
Xavier at Louisville (Ky.) Xavier, Dublin Coffman at Columbus Brookhaven,
Clayton Northmont at Westerville South, Cincinnati Moeller at Centerville and
Mentor at Solon,
On Sept. 12, Buffalo (N.Y.)
Canisius at Cleveland St. Ignatius and Cleveland Glenville at Huber Heights
Week 4 (all games Sept.
18 unless noted) – Cincinnati Winton
Woods at Columbus Watterson, Cincinnati Anderson at Columbus DeSales (Anderson
won 14-10 in a state semifinal match-up last year), Louisville (Ky.) Trinity at
Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cleveland St. Ignatius at Mentor (St. Ignatius won 28-14
last year), Huber Heights Wayne at Trotwood-Madison (Wayne won 35-21 last year),
Pickerington Central at Lancaster (Central won 31-0 last year) and Warren
Harding at Youngstown Mooney (Mooney won 17-0 last year).
Week 5 (all games Sept.
25 unless noted) – Euclid at Warren
Harding, Trotwood-Madison at Springfield, Worthington Kilbourne at Upper
Arlington (UA won 34-9 last year), Kings Mills Kings at Cincinnati Winton Woods,
Canton McKinley at Massillon Jackson and Cincinnati St. Xavier at Fort Thomas
On Sept. 26, Cincinnati
Elder at Lakewood St. Edward (Elder won 52-31 last year) and Mentor at
Cincinnati Moeller at 2 p.m. (Mentor won 34-26 last year).
Week 6 (all games Oct. 2
unless noted) – Brunswick at
Macedonia Nordonia (Brunswick won 30-7 in the regular season and 14-10 in a
regional quarterfinal match-up), Cincinnati Winton Woods at Cincinnati Anderson
(Anderson won 20-13 in the regular season and 24-21 in a regional final), Canton
GlenOak at Canton McKinley (McKinley won 24-19 in the regular season, but
GlenOak won 14-7 in a regional quarterfinal match-up), Cincinnati Princeton at
Cincinnati Colerain (Colerain won 42-27 last year), Cincinnati Elder at
Cincinnati St. Xavier (Elder won 33-15 last year), Clayton Northmont at Huber
Heights Wayne (Northmont won 17-7), Delphos St. John’s at Maria Stein Marion
Local (Marion Local won 42-0 last year), Mentor at Euclid and North Canton
Hoover at Youngstown Boardman.
On Oct. 3, Cleveland
Benedictine at Lakewood St. Edward (St. Ed won 21-13 last year) and Massillon
Washington at Cleveland St. Ignatius (St. Ignatius won 49-7 last year and has
won 11 of the last 12 meetings between the schools).
Week 7 (all games Oct. 9
unless noted) – Cincinnati Moeller at
Cincinnati Elder (Elder won 48-14 last year), Hilliard Davidson at Worthington
Kilbourne (Davidson won 17-10 in the regular season and 21-7 in a regional
semifinal last year) and Massillon Washington at Steubenville.
On Oct. 10, Cleveland St.
Ignatius at Warren Harding and Youngstown Mooney at Cleveland Benedictine.
Week 8 (all games Oct. 16
unless noted) – Strongsville at
Brunswick (Strongsville won 25-20 last year), Canton McKinley at North Canton
Hoover (Hoover won 30-20 last year), Columbus DeSales at Cincinnati Elder,
Canton GlenOak at Youngstown Boardman, Centerville at Clayton Northmont
(Northmont won 28-21 in overtime), Dublin Coffman at Hilliard Davidson (Davidson
won 14-10 last year), Solon at Macedonia Nordonia, Warren Harding at Massillon
Washington (Massillon won 30-7 last year).
Key game Oct. 17: Lakewood
St. Edward at Cincinnati St. Xavier at 2 p.m.
Week 9 (all games Oct. 23
unless noted) – North Canton Hoover
at Canton GlenOak (Hoover won 14-10 in the regular season and 14-0 in a regional
final), Kettering Fairmont at Clayton Northmont (Northmont won 16-7 in the
regular season and 28-27 in a regional quarterfinal game last year), Centerville
at Huber Heights Wayne (Centerville won 31-14 last year), Upper Arlington at
Hilliard Davidson (UA won 23-14 last year), Macedonia Nordonia at Strongsville,
Mentor at Massillon Washington (Mentor won 25-17 last year) and Youngstown
Boardman at Canton McKinley
Also Oct. 23: Troy hosts
Piqua. Last year, Troy took a 49-28 win to tie the all-time series at 59-59-6 in
one of Ohio’s longest running rivalries.
Key games Oct. 24:
Middletown at Cincinnati Colerain (Middletown won 42-39 last year) and
Cincinnati St. Xavier at Cleveland St. Ignatius at 2 p.m. at John Carroll
University (St. Ignatius won 19-16 in overtime last year).
Week 10 (all games Oct.
30 unless noted) – Cincinnati St.
Xavier at Cincinnati Moeller, Dublin Coffman at Upper Arlington (UA won 7-6 last
year), East Cleveland Shaw at Euclid, Huber Heights Wayne at Springfield,
Strongsville at Solon.
On Oct. 31,
Cleveland St. Ignatius renews its rivalry with
Lakewood St. Edward at 7:30 p.m. St. Ignatius won 34-12 in the regular season
and 37-0 in a regional quarterfinal last year to push its series edge to 25-21
all-time in The Holy War.
Also on Oct. 31, Massillon
Washington hosts Canton McKinley at 2 p.m. in the 118th rendition of
this storied rivalry. Massillon won this game 17-0 last year. Massillon holds
the all-time series lead at 63-49-5.
The OHSAA playoffs will begin over the weekend of
Nov. 6-7 with regional quarterfinals at the high school home sites of the top
four seeds in each region. The playoffs will continue at neutral sites up
through the state championships, set for Dec. 4-5 at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium
and Massillon’s Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Sports Time Ohio and Time Warner Cable
will again have coverage of the playoffs and state title games.
OHIO HIGH PREDICTIONS
Cleveland Glenville over Cleveland St. Ignatius
Canton GlenOak over North Canton Hoover
Dublin Coffman over Upper Arlington
Cincinnati Elder over Cincinnati Colerain
Cincinnati Elder over Cleveland Glenville