Division II Football Overview: D-II sporting a new look this season

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Aurora won the D-III title last season but moves up to D-II for at least the next two seasons (Photo by Gary Housteau)

There is a tremendous amount of change in Division II this
season with several top-notch programs moving in and out of the division, and
many other teams switching regions. All 2008 Division II state semifinalists are no longer in the division but 2008 Division III state champ Aurora joins the D-II ranks as well as 2007 champ Sunbury Big Walnut. Note: Individual team previews will follow over the next six weeks


There is a tremendous amount of change in Division II this
season with several top-notch programs moving in and out of the division, and
many other teams switching regions.

How much change exactly? Well, try this on for starters:
All 2008 Division II state semifinalists are no longer in the division,
including state champion Sylvania Southview and runner-up Cincinnati Anderson
who are both moving up to D-I. (The other semifinalists were Akron Hoban and
Columbus DeSales, who are each moving down to D-III this year.)

However, plenty of talented programs have replaced the ones
that have departed. Perhaps the most notable addition is the return of Columbus
Brookhaven to the Division II ranks. The Bearcats won the 2004 D-II state
championship, but moved up to D-I the following season. They are now back in
Division II where they feel like they belong.

Also joining Division II this season are 2008 D-III state
champion Aurora and 2007 D-III state champ Sunbury Big Walnut.o

Despite all the alterations to Division II, plenty of the usual suspects are right where they have been for
years. Fans can expect recent D-II powers like Avon Lake, Cincinnati Turpin,
Cincinnati Winton Woods, Columbus Marion-Franklin, Lexington, Logan, Louisville
and Toledo Central Catholic to be strong squads once again.

 

TEAMS TO WATCH


Region 5

Akron Garfield (8-2)

Garfield narrowly missed the playoffs last
year in Division I (11th in Region 2) and this year the Rams move
down to D-II which should help their postseason chances.

Tyson Gulley is ranked as the No. 67 senior in
the state by Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Akron, Ball State,
Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kansas, Kent State, Miami U.,
Ohio U., Syracuse and Toledo. Last season, he had 1,376 rushing yards (7.9 yards
per carry) and a total of 22 touchdowns (18 rushing, two on kickoff returns, one
on a punt return and one on a fumble return). He played sparingly on defense
last year, but had 15 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and
an interception.

Younger brother Toneo Gulley is ranked as the
No. 10 sophomore in the state according to Ohio High. Last year as the only
freshman on Garfield’s varsity, he had 64 tackles, five pass break-ups, a fumble
recovery returned for a touchdown and a forced fumble.

Davonne Dixon had 35 tackles and a fumble
recovery and will have a bigger role offensively and defensively this season.

“Sheldon Spaulding, Kevin Jones and Kevin
Brewton did an outstanding job run blocking for us,” head coach Bob Sax said.

Sax is honest when asked about moving down a
division. He knows nothing will come easy, but believes it will help his team’s
playoff chances.

“We are excited about dropping down to D-II,”
he said. “Our region is very strong, but we feel like we can compete at a high
level with these teams. Our schedule is primarily a bunch of D-II teams, so
finally getting to compete for a playoff spot in D-II is beneficial for us.”

Aurora (13-2)

Aurora roared to the Division III state
championship last year and the Greenmen are moving up to D-II this season. The
problem is, they graduated an extremely talented senior class, including OL/DL
Adam Bellamy (now at Ohio State), QB Brendan Gallagher and WR/CB Dee Brizzolara.
Aurora beat Sunbury Big Walnut (which also moves up to D-II this season) 20-14
in the state semifinals and then knocked off Columbus Eastmoor 21-10 in the
championship game.

“Last year was a magical season,” head coach
Bob Mahalik said. “You have to have so many things go right to win a state
title. Fire and foremost, we had great senior leadership and good kids that
believed in each other. And we were talented and we had some breaks go our way.”

Ty Watson – who played some linebacker last
year – takes over the quarterback duties this season and the coaching staff is
confident in him.

The Greenmen return five key starters from
their championship squad. Mike Ganoe and Steven Snyder each hauled in over 20
receptions last year. Their roles will increase both as receivers and defensive
backs. Eric Schultz was the defensive MVP in the state title game with two sacks
and the interception which clinched the game. His role will also increase,
especially offensively at tailback. Even with the loss of Bellamy who started both
ways, Aurora returns solid offensive and defensive lines. Ben Jubell graded out
very high last year and he returns at center. Mitch Knapp will anchor the
defensive line and Mahalik calls him a “strong kid who never leaves the field
and is a throwback football player.”

As for moving up in competition to Division
II, the Greenmen think they are ready for the challenge.

“We kind of knew it was coming,” Mahalik said.
“We were one of the biggest D-III schools the last couple years. We had an
inkling it would happen and it’s exciting. If we’re fortunate enough to make the
playoffs, we’ll face new teams and it’s a new challenge.”

Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (9-3)

Walsh was the No. 1 seed in Region 9 of
Division III last year and the Warriors move up to D-II this season. RB Cameron
Ontko is ranked as one of the top 150 seniors in the state by Ohio High and has
a scholarship offer from Eastern Michigan. Connor Cook is one of the top 10
junior quarterbacks in the state according to Ohio High. He has a strong arm and
4.71 speed in the 40.

The bad news for the Warriors is they have to
replace all five starters on the offensive line, including second-team All-Ohio
selection Pat McShane who is playing college football at Indiana. They also must
replace second-team All-Ohio running back Armand Dehaney who signed with Ball
State.

Head coach Gerry Rardin is entering his 29th
season at Walsh.

Kent Roosevelt (8-3)

Roosevelt is the first team we’ve featured so
far in Region 5 that was actually in this region last year. The Rough Riders won
the Portage Trail Conference championship and made the playoffs as the No. 8
seed in 2008. This season, they have even higher expectations for themselves.

“Our expectations are high,” head coach John
Nemec said. “We feel we have a lot of returners and we had a good off-season in
the weight program. The kids showed up and worked hard. We have a lot of other
players that weren’t mentioned that are real solid players on the high school
level.”

WR/DB Denerio Bryant is ranked as one of the
top 150 players in the state by Ohio High and was a first-team All-Ohio
selection at cornerback last year when he tied a school record with six
interceptions. He also had 43 receptions for 760 yards (17.7 yards per catch)
and nine touchdowns. He also averaged 30.6 yards on kickoff returns (one
touchdown) and 11.2 yards on punt returns.

Evan Shimensky returns as the starting
quarterback and he threw for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns last year. He also
had 291 rushing yards and seven scores on the ground. Those were pretty solid
numbers for a sophomore.

The Rough Riders return a rough-and-tumble
center in Eric Pucillo who can bench 315 pounds and is probably the strongest
overall player on the team according to Nemec.

Roosevelt also has plenty of team speed and
Shakeel Howard is near the top of the list as he is consistently timed in the
4.5 range in the 40. Last season, he had 29 receptions for 281 yards (9.7 yards
per catch) and three touchdowns, and added 140 rushing yards (5.6 yards per
carry). Howard wasn’t the only freshman that received
a lot of playing time last year though. Ryan Anderson received a few starts at
offensive guard and he’s a strong player with 5.2 speed in the 40.

Defensively, LB Marcus Rogers was the team’s
leading tackler last year with 66 (55 solo). Sam Thomas was not too far behind
with 62 stops (43 solo). The “captain” of the defense is Marcus Wright who had
55 tackles last year (32 solo).

Madison (8-4)

The Blue Streaks won a playoff game for the
first time in school history last season. They were the No. 7 seed in Region 5
and they knocked off East Cleveland Shaw on the road in the first round. This
year, they return a solid nucleus of players and are optimistic about the
upcoming season.

“Our expectations are the same as any other
year,” offensive coordinator Mike Martin said. “Our primary goal is to win our
league (Premier Athletic Conference). We feel that whoever wins the league will
end up being in the playoffs, because if you were good enough to take care of
business in the conference, your out-of-conference work should be good enough to
get you in.

The biggest hole for Madison to fill is the
loss of Mitch Krotz, who was a first-team All-Ohio selection last year at
linebacker. The Blue Streaks know the road will be difficult in the Region 5
playoffs if they are able to qualify for the postseason again.

“Every time the regions get realigned, it
seems like Region 5 gets tougher,” Martin said. “Aurora was a state champ last
year. Lake Catholic is usually good. Traditional powers like Canfield and Walsh
have been added. Plus, Akron Garfield is moving down from Division I.”

Medina Highland (11-2)

Highland was a regional finalist out of Region
6 last year. The Hornets entered the postseason with the No. 4 seed and defeated
Avon Lake and Powell Olentangy Liberty. This season, Highland is moving over to
Region 5.

Aaron Maslowski is ranked as one of the top
150 seniors in the state by Ohio High. Last year, he had 432 rushing yards (7.2
yards per carry) and six total touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving, one
interception return). His role will expand quite a bit this season and he will
likely have more than double the carries he did last year.

Another top returning player is the versatile
Tyler Phillips who had 70 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year. Jared Serafin had 65 tackles last year at
linebacker and will also start at fullback this year.

Anthony Petrilla returns as the starting
strong safety (65 tackles last year) and he’ll also be the backup quarterback.
(The starting QB will likely be a sophomore and head coach Tom Lombardo didn’t
want to mention him for this story because the situation was still unsettled.). Two other players that are drawing a lot of
buzz for the Hornets are Chris Justik and Colin Butler. They started at
defensive tackle as sophomores and they each look to be two-way players this
year.

“They had real good sophomore years,” Lombardo
said. “They have great technique, they’re very strong and they’re going to be
good for us on both sides of ball.”

Highland graduated three players that were
first-team All-Ohio selections last year: RB/LB Chris Snook (who signed with
West Virginia), LB Tyler Houska and PK Eric Duale.

Ravenna (7-4)

Ravenna made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in
Region 9 of Division III last year (lost to Hubbard on the road in the first
round) and it moves up to D-II this season. The Ravens have now made the
playoffs two consecutive seasons and three times in school history.

“We have a really good junior class of kids
that really helped us out playing as sophomores last year,” head coach Jim
Lunardi said. “Last year, we really weren’t sure if we were going to make it
back to the playoffs – we were hoping to obviously – but that sophomore class
really helped bridge that gap.”

“(D.J.) Jones scored 42 touchdowns in freshman
ball and played some varsity and Ohio State has called about him. He is a just a
hard runner and has motor that goes. I might have made the mistake of not moving
him up (to varsity) early enough but he definitely is a good football player.”

If it sounds like Lunardi is optimistic about
the upcoming season, you don’t need to get your hearing checked.

“I feel good in the sense that we had a really
good off-season,” Lunardi said. “Time will tell what happens and we’ll take one
day at a time, but according to our off-season, it was the best that we’ve ever
had. If that is any indication, then hopefully we can at least compete for the
league and make it back into the playoffs and make a run for it.”

Ravenna won the Portage Trail Conference
championship in 2007 and placed second last year. The Ravens turned the ball
over seven times in a 19-12 loss at Kent Roosevelt in what amounted to the
league title game.

Tallmadge (9-4)

The Blue Devils return two – count ‘em, two –
starters this season but they always seem to find themselves in the playoff
hunt. Last year, they were the No. 6 seed in the Region 5 playoffs and they
knocked off Parma Padua Franciscan on the road in the first round and then
defeated Madison. They lost to Akron Hoban in the regional finals, but it was
another successful season for head coach Joe Vassalotti and crew.

“We graduated 20 starters from last year’s
regional final team, so we’ll be very inexperienced this season,” Vassalotti
said. “We only have two returning starters (Reedy and Emling) but we do have a
lot of talented kids coming back that got a little bit of playing time last year
in reserve roles.

“We have many questions that won’t be answered
until we begin full contact drills. Our overall lack of team speed is a concern.
We hope to improve to the point where we can be competitive against a schedule
that includes Nordonia, Ellet and Ashland, in addition to the quality teams we
face in the Suburban League.

“I also think that Region 5 appears to have
become stronger with the additions of teams like Walsh and Aurora.”


Also Keep An Eye On

Canfield (7-3)

 

 

The Cardinals finished 10th in Region 7 of
Division II in 2008 and they move over to Region 5 this season. It was a rarity
for them to miss the playoffs last year and they will likely be a contender this
time around.

  

Mentor Lake Catholic (4-6)

 

 

The Cougars placed just 15th in Region 9 of
Division III and they are moving up to D-II this year. However, a few coaches
have mentioned them as a team that could surprise.

 

Warren Howland (7-4)

 

 

The Tigers qualified for the playoffs in
Region 5 last year as the No. 4 seed (lost to Akron Hoban in the first round).
This year, they return QB Matt Preston (6-2, 195, Sr.) and RB Mike Mangiarelli
(5-11, 175, Sr.).


Other Teams In The Region
 

            Akron East (3-7), Akron
Ellet (6-4), Akron Firestone (0-10), Akron Kenmore (3-7), Akron North (6-4),
Ashland (4-6), Ashtabula Lakeside (5-5), Barberton (3-7), Kenston (2-8), Chardon
(3-7), Chesterland West Geauga (6-4), Copley (2-8), Geneva (5-5), Painesville
Harvey (4-6), Richfield Revere (6-4), Wooster (6-4), Youngstown Chaney (2-8),
Youngstown East (4-6).

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Region 6

Avon (12-1)

Avon was the No. 1 seed in Region 10 of
Division III last year and won a pair of playoff games (over Defiance and Tiffin
Columbian) before falling to Sunbury Big Walnut in the regional finals.

This year, the Eagles move up to Division II
and they will do so without graduated quarterback Ryan O’Rourke (who will play
college football at Slippery Rock) and graduated strong safety Garrett Gronowski
(Eastern Michigan). The latter had two interceptions in the 2009 Ohio
North-South Classic and was named MVP of the game.

However, despite those losses, Avon returns a
solid squad and could be in the mix for a playoff bid. The team will be led by
Zak Wearsch who is entering his third season as a starter. But this year he will
have a much-larger role as the main ball carrier at tailback. In 2008 playing
fullback, he had 295 rushing yards (4.3 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He
also had 14 receptions for 178 yards (12.7 yards per catch) and five touchdowns.

Jake Shagovak returns as the starting center
and might also play some defensive line this season. Josh Conrad is a three-year
starter and last season he had 64 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, one sack and
one forced fumble. Brandon Mahaffey is a returning starter at cornerback where
he had two interceptions last year. He will also play wide receiver this year.
SS Patrick Furnas was the fourth-leading tackler on the team last year (66)
including seven for loss. He also had a sack, a fumble recovery and an
interception.

Head coach Mike Elder is not sure who will
replace O’Rourke as the starting quarterback.

“We have four guys competing for the spot,” he
said.

Avon Lake (8-3)

Avon Lake was the No. 5 seed in the Region 6
playoffs last year and lost at Medina Highland in the first round. The Shoremen
return an impressive group of players and should be better this season.

OL Christian Pace is a verbal commitment to
Michigan. He is ranked as the 17th-best senior in the state by Ohio High, making
him the highest-rated Division II player in the state.

OL/DL Dan Schneider is ranked No. 40 in the
state by Ohio High and was a second-team All-Ohio selection last year. He has
scholarship offers from Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo,
Colorado, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Miami U., Ohio, Pittsburgh and
Toledo. Ohio State is also taking a close look at him.

Mike Mansnerus returns as the bell-cow
tailback. Last season, he piled up 1,700 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns in just
eight games. OT/DE Brian Mihalek is the top player in Avon Lake’s junior class
and he will be a two-way starter.

“He has great tools,” head coach Dave Dlugosz
said. “Good size and good speed (4.8 in the 40).”

FB/LB Nick Marinkov returns as a two-way
starter and he is a strong and quick player that “plays downhill and has great
hands out of the backfield.” DL Jon Rodgers is coming off an injury and Dlugosz
is happy to have him back due to his good size and athletic ability. Jordan
Market and Kevin Morissette are returning starters that bring leadership to the
secondary. The latter also plays offense as a wideout.

Dlugosz is entering his 17th season at Avon
Lake and has a career record of 168-32. The Shoremen won a state championship
under his watch in 2003.

Lexington (11-1)

The Minutemen were the No. 3 seed in Region 6
last year and their only loss of the season came at the hands of eventual
Division II state champion Sylvania Southview in the regional semifinals. This
season, they have larger plans in mind.

Courtney Avery has verbally committed to
Michigan and is ranked as the No. 28 senior in the state by Ohio High. He will
play corner in college and he previously committed to Stanford before switching
to UM. Avery has been Lexington’s varsity starting quarterback since the first
game of his freshman year and he was named first-team All-Ohio as a defensive
back last year. He was also stellar as a quarterback in 2008 when he threw for
2,600 yards with 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions (and completed 71
percent of his passes). Avery was named the Ohio Cardinal Conference offensive
player of the year.

Kevin Smith returns to lead the defense from
his linebacker spot and he had 80 tackles and seven sacks last year. He was
named honorable mention All-Ohio, first-team all-district and first-team
all-league. OL/DT David Willis is entering his third season as a starter and he
was named honorable mention all-district and second-team all-league. Zach Myers
and Willis are very comparable players. They are similarly-sized linemen that
start both ways and they claimed identical postseason awards last year (HM
all-district, second-team all-league).

Terrance Cyphers plays next to Smith at
linebacker and was nearly as productive last year. Cyphers had 78 tackles, five
sacks, one interception and was named second-team all-league. Tyler Hamman is
steady at strong safety and last year he had 65 tackles, one interception and
was named second-team all-league.

As if they weren’t already stockpiled with
talent, the Minutemen also welcome in a pair of talented transfers from
Mansfield Senior in Shaquille Jefferson and Kenya Coombs. Jefferson is the
younger half-brother of former Ohio State safety Jamario O’Neal and has
scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Central Michigan. Coombs was a starter
at quarterback and wide receiver at Mansfield, but he won’t play any QB for
Lexington unless something unfortunate happens to Avery.

Maple Heights (6-4)

The Mustangs barely missed the playoffs last
year when they finished ninth in the Region 5 computer standings (the top eight
teams get in). This season, they move over to Region 6 and will likely be a
postseason contender once again.

OL/DT Dominic Flewellyn is ranked as one of
the top 150 seniors in the state by Ohio High and he has scholarship offers from
Bowling Green and Toledo.

Devonte Ransom is an explosive tailback and he
rushed for over 1,000 yards in just five games last season before going down
with a season-ending injury. The good news for Ransom is that he doesn’t have
just one standout offensive lineman leading the way for him in Flewellyn. Maple
Heights also has Donauon Garner who is ranked as one of the top 10 junior offensive
linemen in the state by Ohio High.

The top returning defense player is Todd Blackman
who head coach Todd Filtz calls “an athletic linebacker and a playmaker.”

Taking over at quarterback is the diminutive
but quick Washington who is a transfer from the Ginn Academy in Cleveland.

Overall, the Mustangs are eager to rev it up
for the 2009 season.

“We’re expecting a lot more this year,” Filtz
said. “Last year was our first year taking over as a staff. We actually had
enough playoff points to make the playoffs last year, but something out of our
control took that away from us. East Liverpool had to forfeit two games which
took away points from us (Maple Heights beat East Liverpool). We were seventh
and we would have played Shaw in the first round of the playoffs. We found out
the Monday before our last game that (East Liverpool) had to forfeit and that it
would cost us computer points. So, that was a tough pill to swallow for our team
last year.

Parma Normandy (5-5)

Normandy moves over from Region 5 where it finished in 14th
place last year. However, with almost the entire team returning, the Invaders
believe it will be tough to keep them from entering the playoffs this year.

Jake Squirek is one of the top 150 seniors in the state
according to Ohio High magazine and is the son of former NFL linebacker Jack
Squirek. Last season, he had 1,500 rushing yards (seven yards per carry) and 16
touchdowns. He also returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Casey Pierce returns at quarterback and he was solid in his
first year in the role in 2008 with 600 passing yards, 300 rushing yards and a
total of 10 touchdowns (seven passing, three rushing). Mike Travvagliante
returns as a two-way starter and he had 450 rushing yards last year.

Mike Samjilenko is extremely strong, plays low and returns
to anchor both lines. Also returning as a productive starter on both lines is
Ryan Fitzsimmons.

Mike Louis is the team’s No. 3 running back and he had
around 300 rushing yards last year. But more importantly, he is the Invaders’
“shutdown corner” according to head coach Rich Turner.

Normandy went into battle last year with an inexperienced
team for the most part. But with a talented group returning, the Invaders hope
“D Day” in 2009 will be in reference to them playing the first weekend of
December.

“We have pretty much the team we had last year,” Turner
said. “We had a brutal schedule last year and we played four teams that got to
the second round of the playoffs and five playoff teams overall. Our schedule
gets a little easier this year. We don’t play Massillon this year. But we do
open the season with four playoffs teams with Madison, Poland, Brecksville and
Twinsburg. That is definitely the meat of our schedule. We should know how good
we are after that stretch.”

Toledo Central Catholic (10-1)

The Irish rolled through the regular season
undefeated and were the No. 1 seed in Region 6 last year, but fell in the first
round of the playoffs at home to Powell Olentangy Liberty (which moved up to D-I
this year). This season, TCC is loaded with talent as usual.

TE/DL Jamaal Tarrent is ranked as one of the
top 150 seniors in the state by Ohio High and has a scholarship offer from
Akron. Last season, he had 36 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks.

Chris Boles is ranked as one of the top 30
juniors in the state by Ohio High’s Mark Porter and he is one of two main
starters back on the offensive line.

Dempsey is also high on Kyle Cameron who is
ranked as one of the top 50 juniors in the state by Ohio High.

Dave Walender returns as the starting
quarterback and he threw for 1,147 yards (53 percent completion) with 12
touchdowns and five interceptions last year. Three of his interceptions came in
the final game of the season when Central Catholic was upset in the first round
of the playoffs.

Nate Hobbs is a talented athlete that will
play all over the field. He is even Walender’s backup at quarterback.Last
season, Hobbs had 29 receptions for 546 yards and five touchdowns. He added 12
carries for 62 yards and another touchdown. The bad news for the Irish was that
Hobbs missed the final three games of the season due to injury (including the
playoff game).

Messer returns to lead the secondary and he
had 56 tackles from his strong safety spot last season.

Central Catholic also has a solid kicker in
Kyle Burkhardt (5-of-9 on field goals with a long of 48; 30-for-30 on extra
points).

“We have a nice group of kids coming back,”
head coach Dempsey said. “We need our tailback situation to sort itself out and
we have about five candidates, but no one with varsity experience for a season,
or even a game. We have to throw the ball better this year and we have our
quarterback and receivers back. We need to mix in the pass to help our running
backs develop. We have a solid foundation on the offensive line, but we can’t
afford any injuries.”


Also Keep An Eye On

Bedford (5-5)

 

 

The Bearcats are moving down from Division I
this year. Last season, they finished in 14th place in Region 1.

Holland Springfield (6-4)

 

The Blue Devils must replace graduated quarterback Eric Page who was Ohio’s
Division II co-offensive player of the year last season.

 

Maumee (8-2)

 

 

The Panthers finished 11th in Region 6 last
year and their only losses came at the hands of Holland Springfield and eventual
state champ Sylvania Southview.

Olmsted Falls (5-5)

 

 

The Bulldogs placed No. 10 iin Region 5 last
year and they’ll see if their bark is any bigger in Region 6. But they have to
replace a talented class that graduated.

Toledo St. Francis DeSales (5-5)

 

The Knights placed No. 17 in Region 6 last
year, but they have a solid group returning led by defensive end Chris Rock
(6-5, 245, Jr.). He is ranked as the No. 2 DE in the state by Ohio High in the
2011 class and that’s no joke.

 


Other Teams In The Region
 

           
Berea (5-5), Bowling Green (5-5), Cleveland Collinwood (1-9), Cleveland JFK
(6-4), Cleveland South (7-3), Grafton Midview (5-5), Lorain Southview (1-9),
Mansfield Madison (2-8), Mansfield Senior (2-8), North Ridgeville (6-4), Norwalk
(0-10), Rocky River (6-4), Sandusky (4-6), Sylvania Northview (2-8), Toledo
Rogers (3-6), Toledo Scott (2-8), Toledo Woodward (0-10), Westlake (2-8).

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Region 7

Columbus Beechcroft (9-2)

Beechcroft made the playoffs last year (No. 5 seed in this
region) and lost on the road to Columbus Marion-Franklin in the first round.
This season, the Cougars have a first-year head coach in Bruce Ward and he has a
lot of talented, experienced players at his disposal.

SS Larez Harper was a second-team All-Ohio selection last
season. He has scholarship offers from Ohio U., Southern, Syracuse and Toledo.

Wallace Hale piled up 1,530 rushing yards (7.3 yards per
carry) and 26 touchdowns last year. He also led the team with 107 tackles.
Beechcroft utilizes a power running game and almost had two runners reach 1,000
yards last year as B.J> Watkins had 930 rushing yards (8.3 yards per carry) and
16 touchdowns. He also recorded 42 tackles on defense.

Rasean Moore is one of the top defensive ends in the
Columbus City League and he had 43 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks
last year.

Billy Croom is one of the best punters in central Ohio and
had an average of 41.9 yards last year.

“We have a great crop coming back,” head coach Bruce Ward
said. “And we have a few guys like Wallace and B.J. that have started on the
varsity since their freshman year.We do not know who the starting quarterback is
going to be yet. Both of our quarterbacks from last year were seniors. We have
no clue (who the starter will be) as of yet.”

Columbus Brookhaven (9-2)

The Bearcats won the 2004 Division II state
championship and then they spent the 2005-08 seasons in Division I (last year
they made the playoffs as the No. 4 seed in Region 3, but lost in the first
round to Worthington Kilbourne). Now back in D-II, they are trying to regain
their championship form and their roster is dripping with talent.

DE Derrick Bryant is ranked as the No. 25
senior in the state by Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina and Purdue, among others.

As for moving down to Division II, head coach
Anthony Thornton doesn’t try and hide the fact he’s happy about it.

“It’s very beneficial for us,” he said. “We
were one of the smaller Division I schools and we accepted the challenge, but
numbers-wise it was very difficult for us to compete at that level. We are back
in our wheelhouse, but D-II offers no slouches. There are a lot of good teams in
our region and across the state in D-II.

Thornton is entering his second season as
Brookhaven’s head coach. He was the offensive coordinator under Tom Blake prior
to that. This season, he and his players believe they have what it takes to make
a deep playoff run.

Columbus Marion-Franklin (10-2)

 

Marion-Franklin was the No. 4 seed in this
region last year and defeated Columbus Beechcroft in the first round of the
playoffs before falling to Columbus DeSales (which has moved down to D-III) in
the regional semifinals.

Verlon Reed calls the shots at quarterback and
he is ranked as one of the top 150 players in the state by Ohio High. He has
scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, Syracuse and Toledo. As a
junior in 2008, Reed threw for 1,200 yards, ran for 700 and accounted for a
total of 20 touchdowns.

But it’s far from a one-man show at
Marion-Franklin. The Red Devils return all five starters on their offensive
line, led by massive OT Aaron Shelton (6-6, 320, Sr.).

Returning to lead the defensive line is
Matthew Williams who is a player that often controls the middle of the line of
scrimmage by himself.

One of the very few two-way starters on this
deep team will be Dominique Marsh at wide receiver and strong safety.

Head coach Brian Haffele is confident that he
has a dangerous team coming back and with good reason. The Red Devils have a lot
of talent and they’re looking to turn up the heat on their opponents this year.

“Every year our No. 1 goal is to win our
conference (Columbus City League South),” Haffele said. “We’re fortunate enough
to have won it each of the last five years. Offensively, we have a lot of
seniors. We feel good at quarterback and on the offensive line. Most of skilled
guys are underclassmen. We’ll probably start eight juniors – all first-time
starters – but four of them played in the playoffs against Beechcroft and
DeSales for us.

 

Dublin Scioto (5-5)

Scioto missed the playoffs last year (No. 12
in this region) but the Irish hope their luck will change this year.

DL Grant Pleasant is ranked as the No. 82
senior in the state by Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling
Green, Ohio and Toledo.

Charlie Suich enters his second season as the
starting quarterback and he has the confidence of his coaching staff.

Scioto returns an excellent offensive line led
by Chris Latimer (three-year starter) and Tyler Tanner (two-year starter). The
Irish also have a pair of good running backs in Alex Gordon and Clay Strawser.

Stacy Blunt is the top receiver on the team
and he is ranked as one of the top 150 seniors in the state according to Ohio
High.

Last year was a disappointment for Dublin
Scioto and the team is determined to not have a repeat performance. The Irish
will be one of the most veteran teams in the state and that usually goes a long
way in football.

“We will have a senior class of about 35 that
have stuck together through thick and thin,” said head coach Karl Johnson, who
is entering his 10th season at Scioto and has a career record of 66-35. “They
are excited about their season which gets everyone else excited. Over the last
three seasons, we have learned that there is a fine line between being a good
team and being a great team. Our competition does not allow for you to take a
breath, relax, or feel comfortable. We need to stay focused on each opponent and
learn to finish every play and every game.”

Lewis Center Olentangy (7-4)

 

The Braves qualified for the 2008 playoffs as
the No. 7 seed in Region 6 and gave eventual state champion Sylvania Southview a
good game on the road before falling 28-14. This year, Olentangy tries its hand
at Region 7.

“I don’t know if it’s a good move for us – 12
teams from this region made the playoffs last year, including Brookhaven and the
teams that are moving up from D-III,” head coach Ed Terwilliger said. “But
nothing has changed for us. We still have the same goals and we want to get in
the playoffs and see what happens from there. But it’s going to be really tough
to get in. Louisville is always good. Logan is a great team with their senior
quarterback back. Scioto has got something like 38 seniors this year.

“We also want to compete for a league
championship, but our division is loaded with good D-I teams and good D-II
teams: Marysville, Westerville South, Westerville North, Olentangy Liberty,
Westerville Central, Jerome, Scioto. So, we’re about week-to-week.”

Terwilliger says the vacant starting
quarterback job will be decided in preseason camp.

“Yeah, we don’t know about quarterback yet,”
he said. “Our quarterback last year was a senior and graduated. We probably have
four guys competing for the spot and it’s a toss-up right now.

“Traditionally, we have a lot of seniors
graduate and juniors step in. We’ll have some younger kids playing this year
since they split our district up again with adding Olentangy Orange.”

 

Logan (11-1)

The Chieftains were the No. 3 seed in the
Region 7 playoffs last year and lost to Louisville 7-0 in the second round in a
game where they turned the ball over seven times. (They knocked off Dublin
Jerome 23-7 in the first round.)

This year, they return one of the best
quarterbacks in the state regardless of division in Pat Angle. He was named
first-team All-Ohio last year and is entering his third season as Logan’s
starting quarterback. In 2008, Angle threw for 2,496 yards with 25 touchdowns –
both school records – and added 557 rushing yards and seven scores on the
ground. Angle set a school record when he threw for 324 yards in a 35-10 win
over Pickerington North last year.

Angle has a good No. 1 target in Mason Mays,
who was a second-team All-Ohio selection last year when he had 57 receptions for
852 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Michael Snider had over 100 tackles last year
and returns to lead the defense from his linebacker spot.

Ralph Robinson and Jeff Murphy are returning
starters, while Zach McDaniel was the backup tailback last year and moves into
the starting role this year.

Head coach Dale Amyx is entering his 20th
season at Logan and has a career record of 129-70. He has directed the
Chieftains to 12 Southeastern Ohio Athletic League championships and six trips
to the playoffs. He’s also been named SEOAL Coach of the Year five consecutive
seasons.

Louisville (12-1)

The Leopards were the No. 2 seed in the Region
7 playoffs last year and they advanced to the regional finals where they fell to
Columbus DeSales (which has moved down to D-III this year). Louisville defeated
Columbus Independence and Logan in the first two rounds of the postseason.

This year, the Leopards must say goodbye to
graduated quarterback Neal Seaman who was Ohio’s co-Offensive Player of the Year
in Division II last year.

The good news is that they return WR Bobby
Swigert who was a second-team All-Ohio selection last year (first-team
all-district, first-team all-league). He is ranked as the No. 45 senior in the
state by Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling
Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Colorado, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Kent
State, Miami U., Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Toledo, Western
Michigan and Wisconsin.

Hunter Potts was a second-team all-league
selection last year at linebacker and Joe Poyser was named honorable mention
all-league as a defensive lineman.

The team captains for 2009 are Swigert, Potts,
OT/DT Bob Gothot and TB/LB Jake Adkins.

Head coach Paul Farrah is entering his 10th
season at Louisville and has a career mark of 84-24. He is a former player at
Louisville and also played college football at Baldwin-Wallace as a defensive
back.

Sunbury Big Walnut (11-3)

Big Walnut won the 2007 Division III state
championship and advanced to the state semifinals last year (qualified for the
playoffs as the No. 7 seed in Region 10). This season, the Golden Eagles move up
in class to Division II.

Big Walnut has a new head coach this year in
Joe Weaver and he’s pleased to have a returning starter at quarterback in Johnny
Cannell. Last season, Cannell earned the starting job early in the season and
threw for 1,079 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

At tailback, Cody Leitner split time with a
senior last year, but still managed 636 rushing yards (5.8 yards per carry) and
seven touchdowns. This season, he has the job all to himself. Bret Myers returns
as a starting wide receiver and he had 26 catches for 374 yards and two
touchdowns last year.

Brad Beltram had three interceptions last year
and is the “best defensive back coming back” for Big Walnut according to Weaver.

Weaver was Big Walnut’s defensive coordinator
the last three seasons and has been a coach in the program for nine years
(including middle school and freshman ball).

“I’m very excited,” he said. “Obviously, I was
very fortunate to work with (former Big Walnut head coach) Scott Wetzel who is a
great coach and a great person. It’s not just about football; he teaches kids
how to be young men. To see what he’s done and to have learned from that, we
want to keep building on it and that’s the goal.”

Big Walnut must replace Ohio’s 2008 D-III
Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Will Studlien, who will play college
football at Northwestern.


Also Keep An Eye On

Canal Winchester (9-2)

 

 

Canal qualified for the playoffs in 2008 as
the No. 6 seed in Region 12 of Division III (lost at Chillicothe 13-7 in the
first round). This year, the Indians move up to D-II.

Canton South (8-4)

 

Canton South made the playoffs last year in
Division III (No. 4 seed in Region 11) and defeated Canal Fulton Northwest in
the first round. An OHSAA said in June that Canton South was moving up to D-II
this year. However, head coach Moe Daniska told Ohio High that his team was
staying in D-III this season.

Columbus Independence (7-4)

 

 

The 76ers made the playoffs last year with the
No. 7 seed in this region and fell at Louisville in the first round.

 

Columbus St. Charles (6-4)


The Cardinals narrowly missed the playoffs last year (No. 11 in this region) but
return a talented group this year led by OL Justin Stumph (6-4, 270, Sr.) and WR
Mike Ryan (6-3, 185, Sr.). Stumph is ranked as the No. 57 senior in the state by
Ohio High and he had scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Indiana,
Northwestern and Toledo before committing to Miami (Ohio) in early July.

Dresden Tri-Valley (7-3)

 

 

The Scotties finished No. 15 in Region 7 last
year. They return one of the top quarterbacks in the state in Clay Cameron (6-0,
210, Sr.). He was named first-team All-Ohio last year.

Dublin Jerome (6-5)

The Celtics were the No. 6 seed in this region last year and fell in the first
round of the playoffs to Logan. LB Steve Mehrer (6-1, 220, Sr.) is ranked as the
No. 38 senior in the state by Ohio High and has scholarship offers from Bowling
Green, Central Michigan, Indiana and Toledo. ATH Cameron Wilson (6-1, 180, So.)
is ranked as the No. 6 sophomore in the state by Ohio High.

New Philadelphia (8-3)

 

 

The Quakers barely made the playoffs last year
as the No. 8 seed in Region 11 of Division III. This year, they convert to D-II.

Uniontown Lake (5-5)

 

 

The Blue Streaks just missed out on the 2008
playoffs, finishing ninth in this region. They are a program that is in the mix
for the postseason nearly every year.


Other Teams In The Region
 

Canton Timken (3-7),
Columbus Briggs (4-6), Columbus Centennial (0-10), Columbus Hamilton Township
(5-5), Columbus Mifflin (1-9), Columbus Walnut Ridge (6-4), Columbus Whetstone
(7-3), Olentangy Orange (3-7),
Marietta (4-6), New Albany (6-4), Pataskala Watkins Memorial (4-6), The Plains
Athens (4-6), Warren Vincent (4-6), Zanesville (5-5).

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Region 8

Cincinnati Turpin (9-2)

The Spartans were the No. 4 seed in Region 8
last season (lost to Kings Mills Kings in the first round) and they have made
the playoffs four consecutive times. This year, with 14 returning starters (nine
offense, five defense) Turpin is primed for another quality season.

Wayne Dunham has racked up 2,679 career
rushing yards (1,221 last year, 1,458 as a sophomore in 2007) and 28 touchdowns
(15 last year, 13 in 2007) while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also has 24
career receptions for 311 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeff Groene is the best college prospect on
the team and he starts both ways at fullback and on the defensive line. In
addition to being a good blocker, he is a quality receiver out of the backfield
and has 25 career receptions for 215 yards (8.6 yards per reception) and four
touchdowns. He also has 73 career rushing yards (3.3 per carry) and six scores
on the ground.

Eric Martin took over starting quarterback
duties last year and was very solid in the role. He threw for 1,267 yards (57.2
percent) with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. He added 290 rushing yards
(3.8 yards per carry) and five touchdowns. Considering he was able to do all of
that as a sophomore, Martin’s numbers could rise exponentially in 2009.

“We have tons of potential this year,” Turpin
head coach Rob Stoll said. “Our backfield, if healthy, should be one of the best
in the city. Jeff Groene is a big, bruising, athletic fullback who is often a
lead blocker. Wayne Dunham is looking to completely re-write our record book
this year.

“Defensively, Matt Kelly and Ken Mason will
lead an athletic but inexperienced group. Our secondary returns four players
that received extensive playing time, led by Zach Page. Our defense should be
aided by a strong kicking game with kicker Alec Gates and punter Brogan Orcutt
returning.”

Stoll is entering his eighth season at Turpin
and has a career record of 53-25.

Cincinnati Winton Woods (11-2)

The Warriors entered the 2008 playoffs as the
No. 1 seed in Region 8 and advanced to the regional finals where it fell to
eventual state runner-up Cincinnati Anderson in a tight 24-21 contest.

Dominique Brown runs the show at quarterback
and he is a verbal commitment to Cincinnati. He is ranked as the No. 56 senior
in the state by Ohio High and he was a second-team All-Ohio selection last year
when he rushed for over 1,000 yards earning unanimous player of the year
recognition in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. 

Jeremiah Goins has rushed for over 1,000 yards
in each of the last two seasons (over 1,300 yards last year) and is closing in
on Winton Woods’ career rushing record. He was a second-team All-Ohio pick last
season.

Avery Cunningham captains the defense from his
safety spot and he is ranked as one of the top 150 seniors in the state by Ohio
High.

Head coach troy Everhart calls Cameron Brown
“a sleeper” and says he has the potential to be “one of the better defensive
linemen in the state.”

Corey Webber started as sophomore last year
and had four interceptions. As for David Hampton, he will be a defensive back in
college, but Everhart says he’s a very good high school linebacker even though
he’s a bit light to be playing the position.

Harrison (5-5)

The Wildcats narrowly missed out on the
Division I playoffs last year (finished No. 11 in Region 4) and they move down
to D-II this year.

S Tyler Elrod is the lone college recruit on
the team and he returns to lead the way for Harrison. Another key returning
starter on defense – and another player that is big for his position – is Tommy
Mullins at cornerback. C.J. Rivera is a bit undersized for a linebacker, but
they don’t come much tougher according to his coach.

Taking over the full-time duties at tailback
this year will be Brandon Fisher who rushed for 500 yards (5.8 yards per carry)
and three touchdowns last year.

Returning to lead the offensive line is Ben
Kolb who is solid in all facets of his game.

One major problem for the Wildcats is they
have a hole at quarterback and head coach Neal Kasner isn’t sure who will fill
the void.

“I have no idea,” he said. “We have about a
half-dozen kids that are going to be trying out – that’s how wide open it is.”

Harrison started 5-1 last year, but lost its
last four games – all to good teams (Winton Woods, Loveland, Anderson and Glen
Este).

Kings Mills Kings (8-4)

Kings
was the No. 5 seed in Region 8 last year and defeated Turpin on the road in the
first round of the playoffs before falling to Winton Woods in the regional
semifinals. However, the Knights could take a step back this year and head coach
Andy Olds has no problem admitting it.

“We have guys that played last year, but Brewster is our
only full-time returning starter,” Olds said. “We will start a freshman likely
for the first time in the history of our program, as well as six or seven
sophomores. We have the smallest senior class in the history of our program with
a total of eight players. Last year was the largest with 27.

“Our schedule is tough and our first four games are against
D-I schools. We will be ready to contend in 2010 and 2011, but we’ll have to see
about this year. With Anderson moving, I know there is excitement among the
Region 8 coaches. We haven’t had a losing season since I’ve been here, but that
is going to be difficult to keep clean this year.”

Olds is entering his 12th season as a head coach and has a
career record of 96-24.

Mount Orab Western Brown (10-1)

The Broncos were undefeated in the regular season last year
and earned the No. 7 seed in the Region 8 playoffs where they fell to New
Carlisle Tecumseh in the first round. This year, one of the youngest head
coaches in the state of Ohio – 24-year-old Evan Dreyer – takes over the program.
Dreyer has a lot of talent at his disposal, but not much experience.

TE/LB Dane Boggs is the only returning player that started
every game last season when he finished with 60 tackles from his linebacker
spot.Another player to keep a close eye on this season is Brad Rhoades who will
take over as the primary running back. Taking over as the starting quarterback
is Matt Corcoran who was the junior varsity starter and varsity backup last
season.

Dreyer is changing the offense from the Wing-T to the
triple-option. As one could easily imagine, Dreyer is very excited for his first
head coaching gig.

“Taking over at Western Brown is thrilling for me,” Dreyer
said.  “This is a growing community and the community has taken me under their
wing. Pee wee and middle school football is growing and there’s a lot of
excitement about football around here. They were 10-0 last year and they want to
take the next step. We have the attitude that we’ve been there (the playoffs)
and now we want to go further. We’re looking forward to the future so see how
far thing things can go.”

Dreyer was a high school quarterback at Cincinnati
McNicholas and played Division III college football at Mount St. Joseph.

Dreyer was an assistant coach at two of the top programs in
the Tri-State area at Cincinnati Anderson (offensive assistant) and Cincinnati
Colerain (assistant special teams/assistant wide receivers).

New Carlisle Tecumseh (11-1)

The Arrows were the No. 2 seed in this playoff region last
year and they won a first-round game at home over Mount Orab Western Brown
before falling to Cincinnati Anderson.

Tecumseh has a total of 10 returning starters, many of
which play both ways. Karson Williams is ranked as the No. 78 senior in the
state by Ohio High and he anchors both lines. Riley Gault threw for 768 yards
with four touchdowns and six interceptions and should be much better in his
second season in the starting role.

The Arrows can point to a pair of talented, experience
running backs to lead the offense. Last season, Dustin Holmes rushed for 977
yards (7.8 per carry) and Kyle Sanning wasn’t far behind him with 914 yards (6.1
per carry).

The leading returning performers on defense are Sanning
(110 tackles), Zeke Eier (106 tackles) and Dustin Holmes (91 tackles, four
interceptions).

“We return an experienced group of players that are
committed to the program,” head coach Kent Massie said. “They are a talented
group with a tremendous work ethic. The senior class will provide outstanding
leadership, focus and they have game-day experience.”

Trenton Edgewood (8-3)

The Cougars made the 2008 playoffs as the No. 6 seed in
Region 8 and lost to Cincinnati Anderson in the first round. This season, they
welcome back a talented squad and should be in the postseason once again.

OL Taylor Miller is ranked as the No. 42 senior in the
state by Ohio High and ha offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Ohio and
Western Michigan before committing to Toledo in Late June.

Justin Elder rushed for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns
last season. He will also start at cornerback this year after playing linebacker
last year.He has plenty of quality offensive linemen that will be leading the
way for him. In addition to Miller, Billy French and Tyler Breh return as
starters up front. Defensively, Miller and Breh rotate in at tackle, while
French returns as a starting linebacker.

FB Dean Estes injured his knee last season, but head coach
Steve Channel is “looking for him to be very productive” this year. ATH Tony
Davis is one of the fastest players on the team and he was clocked at 4.55
seconds in the 40-yard dash at a combine in Columbus.

Casey Russell did not play as a sophomore in 2007 due to
academics, but came back to start at defensive end last year.

The starting quarterback will be determined during
two-a-days.

“We have two guys vying for the job,” Channel said. “Drew
Bostic (6-0, 175, sr.) and Zach Fugate (6-2, 180, Jr.) who started at free
safety last year as sophomore.

Channel is entering his 20th eason at Edgewood and has a
career record of 144-63.

Trotwood-Madison (4-6)

The Rams missed the playoffs last year (10th in this
region) but return loaded this season. In fact, if it wasn’t for Winton Woods,
Trotwood would arguably have the most talent in Region 8.

A.J. Jordan is ranked as the No. 10 junior in the state by
Ohio High and has received early interest from Ohio State among others. Last
season, he had 30 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns, and was named
first-team all-league (GWOC North).

TE Justin Favors is ranked as the No. 47 senior in the
state by Ohio High and has offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Colorado, Kent
State and Toledo. Marcus Graham returns as the starting quarterback and he is
ranked as the No. 19 junior in the state by Ohio High. Antwan Gilbert is ranked
as one of the top 15 junior running backs in the state and has 4.43 speed in the
40. Nicholas Grigsby is the top junior fullback in the state according to Ohio
High and he has 4.5 speed in the 40.

Looking at the defensive side of the ball, CB/S Jordan
Paschal is ranked as one of the top 150 players in the state by Ohio High and is
a Louisville commit. DT Anthony Render is also ranked in the top 150 by Ohio
High and he is a hulking presence in the middle of the line. George “Bam”
Bradley is ranked as the No. 3 sophomore in the state by Porter and is known as
a big-hitter at strong safety.

The Rams and head coach Maurice Douglass should not only make the playoffs this year, they should
be able to do some damage once getting there.


Also Keep An Eye On

Dayton Carroll (5-5)

 

 

The Patriots badly missed the playoffs last year (16th in this region) but that
might have been a one-year aberration for this strong program.

Greenville (7-3)

 

 

The Green Wave moves over from Region 6 where
it barely missed the playoffs last year, finishing ninth in the computer
standings.

 

Morrow Little Miami (7-3)

 

The Panthers also had the sour taste of being one spot out of the playoffs last
year. They finished ninth in Region 8. QB Kyle Cook (6-3, 190, Sr.) headlines
the roster. He led the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in passing as a junior
with 2,303 yards on 135-of-219 attempts and 21 touchdowns and also had 238 yards
rushing and five touchdowns. Cook was named first
team all-league, first team all-city (Cincinnati) and second team all-Southwest
Ohio.

 

Piqua (6-4)

 

 

The 2006 Division II state champion moves over from Region 6 where it placed 10th ast season.


Other Teams In The Region
 

Ashville Teays Valley
(6-4), Batavia Amelia (4-6), Cincinnati Aiken (3-7), Cincinnati Hughes Center
(2-8), Cincinnati Mount Healthy (4-6), Cincinnati Northwest (2-8), Cincinnati
Walnut Hills (2-8), Dayton Belmont (0-9), Dayton Meadowdale (4-6), Hamilton Ross
(2-8), Oxford Talawanda (4-6), Riverside Stebbins (0-10), Sidney (3-7), Vandalia
Butler (3-7), Wapakoneta (5-5), West Carrollton (4-5), Wilmington (4-6).

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PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

Pat Angle, QB, Logan
Courtney Avery, QB/CB, Lexington
Dominique Brown, QB/S, Cincinnati Winton Woods
Denerio Bryant, WR/CB/KR, Kent Roosevelt
Derrick Bryant, TE/DE, Columbus Brookhaven
Clay Cameron, QB, Dresden Tri-Valley
Connor Cook, QB, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
Kyle Cook, QB, Morrow Little Miami
Wayne Dunham, RB, Cincinnati Turpin
Justin Elder, RB, Trenton Edgewood
Justin Favors, TE, Trotwood-Madison
Dominic Flewellyn, OL/DT, Maple Heights
Jeremiah Goins, RB, Cincinnati Winton Woods
Jeff Groene, FB/DL, Cincinnati Turpin
Toneo Gulley, RB/DB, Akron Garfield
Tyson Gulley, RB/DB, Akron Garfield
Wallace Hale, RB/LB, Columbus Beechcroft
Larez Harper, SS, Columbus Beechcroft
Xavier Jones, FB/LB, Ravenna
A.J. Jordan, WR, Trotwood-Madison
Ty Law, FB/DT, Madison
Aaron Maslowski, RB/DB, Medina Highland
Mike Mangiarelli, RB, Warren Howland
Mason Mays, WR/CB, Logan
Steve Mehrer, LB, Dublin Jerome
Taylor Miller, OL, Trenton Edgewood
Cameron Ontko, RB/LB, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit
Christian Pace, OL, Avon Lake
Grant Pleasant, DL, Dublin Scioto
Matt Preston, QB, Warren Howland
Devonte Ransom, RB, Maple Heights
Verlon Reed, QB, Columbus Marion-Franklin
Jerald Robinson, WR, Canton South
Mike Ryan, WR, Columbus St. Charles
Dan Schneider, TE/DE, Avon Lake
Evan Shimensky, QB, Kent Roosevelt
Justin Stumph, OL, Columbus St. Charles
Jake Squirek, RB/LB, Parma Normandy
Bobby Swigert, QB, Louisville
Jamaal Tarrent, TE/DL, Toledo Central Catholic
Dave Walender, QB, Toledo Central Catholic
Ty Watson, QB, Aurora
Zak Wearsch, RB/LB, Avon
Karson Williams, OL/DT, New Carlisle Tecumseh
Cameron Wilson, ATH, Dublin Jerome 

GAMES OF INTEREST

Week 1: Cincinnati Winton Woods at Cincinnati
Moeller, Newark Licking Valley at Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Louisville at
Ravenna, Lexington at Mount Vernon, Reynoldsburg at Dublin Jerome, Olentangy
Orange at Lewis Center Olentangy, Columbus Brookhaven at Columbus
Marion-Franklin, Sunbury Big Walnut at Westerville Central, Logan at Lancaster,
Youngstown Ursuline at Columbus St. Charles, Maple Heights at Avon Lake, Parma
Normandy at Madison, Aurora at Avon, Cincinnati Turpin at Loveland.

Week 2: North Canton Hoover at Louisville, Dublin
Scioto at Toledo Central Catholic, Mentor Lake Catholic at Cleveland
Benedictine, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Akron Hoban, Columbus
Marion-Franklin at Westerville North, Columbus Beechcroft at Upper Arlington,
New Albany at Westerville Central, Lewis Center Olentangy at Delaware Hayes,
Hilliard Davidson at Columbus Brookhaven, Canal Winchester at Plain City
Jonathan Alder, New Carlisle Tecumseh at Vandalia Butler, Dublin Jerome at
Hilliard Darby, Beavercreek at Dayton Carroll.

Week 3: Tallmadge at Ashland, Ravenna at Canton
South, Columbus St. Charles at Columbus Beechcroft, Dublin Scioto at Worthington
Kilbourne, Lewis Center Olentangy at Sunbury Big Walnut, Akron Garfield at Akron
St. Vincent-St. Mary, Olmsted Falls at Mayfield, Dayton Carroll at Toledo
DeSales.

Week 4: Tallmadge at Medina Highland, Canfield at
Warren Howland, Toledo St. John’s at Toledo DeSales, Sunbury Big Walnut at
Pataskala Watkins Memorial, Maple Heights at East Cleveland Shaw, Holland
Springfield at Bowling Green, Lewis Center Olentangy at Dublin Scioto,
Westerville North at Dublin Jerome, Cincinnati Winton Woods at Columbus
Watterson, Uniontown Lake at Youngstown Boardman, Huber Heights Wayne at
Trotwood-Madison, Avon Lake at Olmsted Falls, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at
Mentor Lake Catholic, Morrow Little Miami at Hamilton Ross.

Week 5: Maumee at Whitehouse Anthony Wayne,
Mansfield at Lexington, Marysville at Lewis Center Olentangy, Kings Mills Kings
at Cincinnati Winton Woods, Dublin Scioto at Westerville South, Trotwood-Madison
at Springfield, Dublin Jerome at Olentangy Liberty, Logan at Ironton, Pataskala
Watkins Memorial at New Albany, North Olmsted at Avon Lake, Batavia Amelia at
Cincinnati Anderson, Mentor Lake Catholic at Youngstown Mooney, Piqua at
Lebanon, Trenton Edgewood at Harrison.

Week 6: Olentangy Liberty at Lewis Center Olentangy,
Sylvania Northview at Holland Springfield, Lodi Cloverleaf at Tallmadge, Canton
South at Canal Fulton Northwest, Columbus DeSales at Columbus St. Charles, Piqua
at Trotwood-Madison, Rocky River at Grafton Midview, Cincinnati Winton Woods at
Cincinnati Anderson, Batavia Amelia at Kings Mills Kings.

Week 7: Toledo DeSales at Toledo Central Catholic,
Wooster at Lexington, Kent Roosevelt at Ravenna, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary at
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Trotwood-Madison at Sidney, Lewis Center Olentangy
at Dublin Jerome, Uniontown Lake at Canton GlenOak, Dayton Chaminade-Julienne at
Dayton Carroll, Parma Normandy at Parma, Vandalia Butler at Piqua, Chardon at
Madison, Cincinnati Turpin at Kings Mills Kings, Cincinnati Winton Woods at
Harrison.

Week 8: Sunbury Big Walnut at New Albany, Copley at
Tallmadge, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Cleveland Benedictine, Columbus
Brookhaven at Columbus Beechcroft, Maumee at Bowling Green, Avon at Grafton
Midview, Morrow Little Miami at Cincinnati Turpin, Oxford Talawanda at Trenton
Edgewood,

Week 9: New Philadelphia at New Concord John Glenn,
Medina Highland at Copley, Maumee at Holland Springfield, Aurora at Painesville
Harvey, Dublin Jerome at Dublin Scioto, Kings Mills Kings at Morrow Little
Miami, Columbus St. Charles at Columbus Watterson, Piqua at Troy, Batavia Amelia
at Cincinnati Turpin.

Week 10: Whitehouse Anthony Wayne at Holland
Springfield, Ashland at Lexington, Sylvania Northview at Sylvania Southview,
Canfield at Poland Seminary, Toledo Central Catholic at Toledo St. John’s, Akron
Buchtel at Akron Garfield, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit at Cincinnati LaSalle,
Columbus St. Charles at Plain City Jonathan Alder, Canal Winchester at Ashville
Teays Valley, Chillicothe at Logan, Piqua at Xenia, Cincinnati Anderson at
Harrison, Toledo Rogers at Toledo Scott, Morrow Little Miami at Batavia Amelia.

OHIO HIGH PREDICTIONS

Region 5
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit over Medina Highland

Region 6
Lexington over Avon Lake

Region 7
Columbus Marion-Franklin over Logan

Region 8
Cincinnati Winton Woods over Cincinnati Turpin

Championship Game
Lexington over Cincinnati Winton Woods

 

 

 

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