Region 22 Overview: Delphos St. John’s and Ada on collision course?


Region 22

Delphos St. John’s has won this region the last two years and has advanced to the state final both times. In 2008 the Blue Jays were state champs and last year allowed the winning points with five seconds left. It would be a surprise if DSJ didn’t win this region again. But it won’t be easy. Ada – and some others – have visions of hoisting the trophy themselves.




Delphos St. John’s (14-1)
* Players to Watch –
LB Chris Pohlman (6-2, 240, Sr.); RB Jordan Leininger (6-2, 215, Sr.); C Alex Recker (6-2, 240, Sr.); OT Austin Vogt (6-4, 270, Sr.); FS/WR Tyler Bergfield (6-3, 195, Sr.); SS AJ Klausing (5-10, 170, Sr.); OG Joey Grubenhoff (6-1,225, Sr.); DL Cody Brinkman (5-10, 183, Sr.); DE Derek Klaus (6-1, 198, Sr.); DB Evan Burgei (6-0, 175, Sr.); OLB  Dylan Dancer (6-0, 190, Sr.)
* Outlook – Since finishing 2-8 in 2007, the Blue Jays are 27-3 the last two years with two appearances in the D-VI state final. After winning the championship in 2008, DSJ fell in the final seconds of last year’s title game. Don’t be surprised if the Blue Jays make it three straight trips to Stark County. DSJ returns plenty of talent (including multiple players with NCAA D-I potential) to make a run at State Title No. 6.

Pohlman, one of those D-I prospects, was the D-VI Ohio defensive player of the year last season after tallying 141 tackles. Brinkman and Bergfield (first team All-Ohio) were first team All-MAC and Klaus (second team All-Ohio) and Klausing were second team.

Three first team All-MAC selections – Recker (first team All-Ohio), Grubenhoff and Vogt – lead a big, talented and experienced offensive front. Vogt has a scholarship offer from Buffalo.

That trio will open holes for another possible D-I recruit in Leininger. A three-year starter, Leininger was first team All-Ohio last year after rushing for 1,593 yards and 31 TDs. As a sophomore he had 1,222 yards and 15 TDs. He’s projected as a linebacker in college.

Head coach Todd Schulte (112-32 in 12 years) doesn’t have many holes or concerns, but one glaring issue is who replaces standout QB and MAC Offensive MVP Wes Ulm?

Ada (12-1)
* Players to Watch –
WR/DB Alex Weber (6-1, 190, Sr.); OT Aaron Jenkins (6-3, 255, Sr.); LB Aaron Weyer (6-1, 205, Sr.); DT Tanner Craig (6-1, 200, Sr.); DT Robert Guyton (6-3, 255, Sr.); QB/WR/DB Konnor Baker (6-3, 190, Jr.); WR/DB Ty Joliff (6-0, 175, Sr.); K Austin Everhart (5-10, 165, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs have quickly become one of D-VI’s top programs. Ada has been to the playoffs four years in a row and has state semifinal (2007) and regional final (last year) appearances to its credit. Expect another solid run this season. Baker was a second team All-Ohio WR last year but looks to switch to QB in the Bulldogs high-powered offense. Weyer (first team All-Ohio) is a tackling machine.

Carey (10-2)
* Players to Watch –
OG/LB Jordan Stock  (5-11, 190, Sr.); FB/LB Brandon Orians (5-10, Sr.); OT Trent Blair (6-0, 210, Sr.); SS Steven Vaughn  (6-1, 165, Sr.); FS Dustin Massie (6-1, 160, Sr.); DT Zach Goble (5-10, 230, Sr.); LB Bryce Orians (6-0, 150, Jr.)
* Outlook –
The Blue Devils senior class is 28-7 the last three years with three playoff berths and two regional semifinal appearances. How do they close out their careers? That’s the question.

“The last couple of years have been good to the Carey faithful, so the expectations will still be high,” head coach Todd Worst (33-12 in four years) said.

Blair, Stock and Brandon Orians were second team Midland Athletic League last season.
Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic (9-2)
* Players to Watch –
LB Isaac Bowling (6-1, 210, Sr.), RB Zak Bowman (5-10, 175, Sr.); OL Jeremy Durbin (6-2, 235, Sr.); DL Michael Bosetti (5-10, 185, Sr.); DL Gabe Arreola (5-8, 195, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Crimson Streaks recorded their first winning season of the 21st century last year (and first since 1998) when they advanced to the postseason for the first time since 1997. They also won a share of their first Midland Athletic League title since 1996. Big things are expected this season as well. Seventeen seniors return from last year’s playoff team, including Bowman, the MAL Offensive Player of the Year, and Bowling, first team All-Ohio and the Midland Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year.

SJCC alumnus Scott Knisely takes over head coaching duties for another former alum Todd Drusback who was the Northwest District and MAL Coach of the Year last year but left for Rossford. Knisely was an assistant under Drusback.

Edgerton (7-3)
* Players to Watch –
WR/OLB Jimmy Radabaugh (6-0, 175, Jr.); QB/DB Brody Flegal (6-4, 175, Jr.); OL/DL Wyatt Herman (6-1, 210, Sr.); WR/DB Nathan Stark (5-10, 165, Jr.); LB/OL Jimmy Newman (5-10, 170, Sr.); RB/LB Will Reynolds (5-8, 160, Sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs continued their climb under head coach Keith Kline last year. Edgerton went from 2-8 in 2007, to 5-5 in 2008 and then 7-3. The question is can it continue to improve in Year 4 under Kline. Defensively, the Bulldogs will rely heavily on Herman (39 tackles, nine TFL), Newman (43 tackles) and Reynolds (49 tackles). On offense Flegal, a two-year starter at receiver, will make the move to quarterback and direct the spread offense. Edgerton hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003 but that’s the goal.

Leipsic (9-2)
* Players to Watch  –
DL Tre Lopez (6-1, 190, Sr.); RB Derek Mangas (5-9, 165, Sr.)
* Outlook – After finishing 2-8 in 2007 and 6-4 in 2008, the Vikings made the postseason for the first time since 1994 and only the second time ever last season. They also logged a playoff win with a victory over Fremont St. Joe’s in the first round. Lopez and Mangas were All-Ohio last year.

Toledo Christian (6-4)
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Players to Watch – RB/DB Graham Miller (5-11, 195, Sr.); QB Nick Rightnowar (6-0, 165, Sr.); WR/LB David Westmeyer (6-1, 180, Sr.); WR/DB Zach Brumbaugh (6-0, 165, Sr.); WR/DB Sam Ivan (5-9, 155, Sr.)
* Outlook – Entering head coach John Miller’s fifth year, the Eagles are 27-14 over the last four seasons and earned the school’s lone playoff berth in 2007. Another postseason appearance could be in the cards. Rightnowar, the reigning Toledo Area Athletic Conference Offensive POY, has thrown for over 4,000 career yards and 48 TDs, while Miller is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Westmeyer (over 1,000 career receiving yards) is a legit threat in the passing game.


* Arlington (7-4) – Head coach Dick Leonard begins his 28th year at Arlington and third as head coach. The Red Devils have been to three straight postseasons but the last two have drawn Delphos St. John’s in the first round. Ouch. Senior RB and all-district pick Cam Brown (5-11, 195) is back.

* Dola Hardin Northern (3-7) – The Polar Bears are experiencing a major change. For the first time in 26 years, Pete Brunow (221-70) will not lead DHN onto the football field. Brunow, who led the Polar Bears to a state title in 2004, retired in early June after leading DHN to winning seasons in 24 of his 26 seasons. He also led the Polar Bears to the playoffs 12 times (all since 1994). The last two years, though, DHN has been just 5-15.

Shane Cavinee, who has been an assistant at DHN, takes over. Cavinee, a 1997 DHN graduate, has both assistant and head coaching experience (was head coach at Upper Scioto Valley).

The Polar Bears have been absent from the playoffs for three years.

* West Unity Hilltop (7-3) – The Cadets had a string of two straight postseason berths stopped last season. Head coach Mike Bumb (71-41 in 11 years) enters his 12th season at Hilltop.

* Columbus Grove (7-4) – The Bulldogs rebounded from a 10-10 record in 2007-08 to earn the school’s 11th playoff bid and first since 2006. Junior Jordan Travis is back for his third year under center.

* Pandora-Gilboa (6-4) – A year after a 10-2 run, the Rockets slipped to 6-4. Keep an eye on senior OL Tejay Boes (6-4, 270).

* McComb (7-3) – The Panthers have been to the playoffs eight times in the last 11 years and just missed out again last year by finishing ninth in the region. Become
this school’s Quarterspondent

* Cory-Rawson (7-4) – After going 3-7 in 2008, the Hornets went 7-3 last year and earned the school’s first playoff berth since 2003, which was also the program’s last winning season.

* Arcadia (2-8) – After recording the program’s first winning season in 14 years (6-4 in 2008), the Redskins have gone 3-17 since.


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