Region 19 Overview: Five returning All-Ohioans make Oak Hill the favorite


Region 19

Two years ago Oak Hill captured a Division IV boys basketball state title. This year the Oaks would like to add a football championship. With 17 starters back, Oak Hill opens the season as the region favorite. Other contenders – including Minford, Wheelersburg, Fredericktown and Ridgewood – have other ideas though.




Baltimore Liberty Union (8-2)
* Players To Watch:
TB/SS Cam Love (5-8, 150, sr.), DT/OT Andrew Pepin (6-3, 225, sr.), OG/DE Shane Snyder (5-10, 200, sr.), WB/LB Seth Womax (6-0, 165, sr.), OT Marcus Keeran (6-3, 265, jr.)
* Outlook: Liberty Union will be looking to make a return to the playoffs after falling just short in 2009. The Lions advanced to the state semifinals in 2008. Keeran could have potential as a Division I college prospect.

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* Players To Watch: MLB/FB Austin Hoeflich (6-1, 190, sr.), WR/DB Tony Lybarger (5-10, 175, sr.), FS/WR Tyler Hathaway (5-9, 165, sr.), OL/DL Logan Awiller (6-1, 240, sr.), OL/DL Nick Stacey (6-2, 260, sr.)
* Outlook: The Freddies could once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2010. 14 starters return, including three players that received first or second-team All-Ohio honors in Awiller, Hoeflich and Stacey.

“I’m excited about the skill positions and line,” first year head coach Brian Baum said. “Both are experienced. The only place where I have inexperience is the quarterback spot and the tailback spot, and when the tailback filled in last year for an injured running back, he had some nice games.”

Minford (8-3)
* Players To Watch:
Mark Slone (5-10, 200, sr.), Ethan Butcher (6-0 185, sr.), Brett Taylor (6-0, 186, sr.), Seth Lloyd (5-10, 160, sr.), Justin Miller (5-9, 225, sr.), Logan Conkey (6-2, 210, sr.), J.P Piguet (5-10, 208, sr.), LB Tyler Gaines (5-8, 200, jr.)
* Outlook: Minford has been on a roll lately, making three straight playoff appearances. The Falcons bring back 15 starters (seven offense, eight defense) and appear set to continue their playoff streak, although a tougher schedule stands in the way, including back-to-back games against Oak Hill and Wheelersburg.

“This will be one of our fastest teams that we’ve had,” head coach Brent Daniels said. “Our backfield and defense should be our major team strengths this year. Depth will be an issue in a couple positions with some underclassmen looking to compete for these positions.”

Gaines was first team All-Ohio.

Oak Hill (11-1)
* Players To Watch:
QB Jesse Slone (6-4, 195), TB Westen Hale (6-1, 205), WR Joey Maynard (6-1, 185), TE/ILB Daniel Woods (6-0, 215), OT/DT Drew Cannon (6-3, 255), OT/DT Chris Fairchild (6-3, 275)
* Outlook: With 17 starters and five All-Ohioans returning from a playoff team, hopes are high for Oak Hill. Slone (2,432 yards, 30 TD, 1 INT) was a first team all-state QB, while Maynard earned third team honors at WR. Hale, Cannon and Fairchild were special mention.

“We must not let the success from 2009 take away from our work ethic for 2010,” head coach Greg Phillips said. “Our opponents don’t care anything about last year. They just have more incentive to beat us this year.”

West Lafayette Ridgewood (13-1)
* Players To Watch:
OLB/RB Nick Bellick (5-9, 160, sr.), DE/TE Evan Jones (6-6, 225, jr.), RB/LB Richard Hawthorne (6-2, 175, sr.), RB Jake Ziegler (5-10, 180, sr.), OT Donald Mullet (6-2, 240, sr.)
* Outlook: The Generals put in their seventh straight playoff appearance last year, and they turned it into something special with a run to the state semifinals.

“We had a really nice group of kids that bought into the program and worked really hard, and it paid off,” head coach John Slusser said.

With 11 starters back, seven of those on defense, enough returns for Ridgewood to be a contender in Region 19 once again.

“We lost a lot of good people, but we feel like we’ve got a lot of good ones coming back,” Slusser said. “We really like the defensive side of the ball… Offensively, we feel like we’ve got a lot of talent back, but they’re going to be new ones.”

Wheelersburg (9-3)
* Players To Watch:
RB/DB Brandon Schankweiler (5-11, 180, sr.), WR Andy Stegman (6-5, 200, sr.), OL Joey Reinhardt (6-3, 290, sr.), OT/DL Dan Hudgel (6-1, 250, sr.), OL/DL Jeb Conkey (5-11, 225, sr.), DL Chris Prater (6-2, 235, sr.)
* Outlook: The Pirates had another quality season in 2009, but the memories of one-point losses to Minford in the regular season and Fredericktown in the playoffs still linger for this team.

“We had a great performance but just weren’t able to overcome some of those challenges we were faced with,” head coach Rob Woodward said. “We have 19 seniors returning, and they all remember those ball games last year and want to make sure that they work hard and avenge some of those losses.”

Three starters on defense and seven on offense return for the Pirates. Woodward expects the team’s strength to be up front.

“We’re going to have a good offensive line, and I think that’s going to be the backbone of our offense,” Woodward said. “We’ve got a lot of spots to fill there, but we’ve got a lot of guys that have worked really hard, a lot of guys that could have contributed last year but they had other individuals in front of them.”

Woodsfield Monroe Central (9-2)
* Players To Watch:
TE Todd Dimmerling (6-1, 200, sr.), DL/OL Alex Haney (5-10, 225, sr.), DL/OL Marcus Schumacher (6-0, 190, sr.), OL/DL Tyler Stephens (5-11, 215, sr.), OL/DL Brock Jones (5-9, 185, sr.), RB/QB Tyler Kinchen (6-0, 210, jr.), RB Cole Hoag (5-9, 200, jr.), WR Tyrone Kinchen (6-0, 200, jr.), RB Korey Hill (5-9, 180, sr.)
* Outlook: The Seminoles put together a nine-win regular season before falling in the playoffs to Wheelersburg in a 52-42 barnburner. Head coach Jay Circosta feels the postseason experience the team had will carry over into this year.

This year’s team brings back a good group of players, including six starters on offense and eight on defense. The team should be strong at running back (Kinchen was first team all-district) and receiver but quarterback is a concern.

“There’s still a lot of holes to fill, especially at quarterback,” Circosta said. “That’ll be a major concern, plugging somebody in there.”


* Caldwell (8-3): The Redskins made their second straight postseason appearance in 2009. Second-team All-Ohio DL Cody Morris is among the returning players for this year’s team. Other key seniors are OL Michael Smith and QB Dylan Sayre.

* Coal Grove Dawson Bryant (9-2):
After five straight winning seasons with no postseason berth, the Hornets broke through with a nine-win season and a playoff appearance last year.

* Nelsonville-York (8-2):
The Buckeyes are used to making the playoffs but fell just short last year. Senior LBs Justin Cunningham and Isaiah Andrews return after earning all-district honors. Become
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* Lucasville Valley (7-3):
The Indians had playoff aspirations after n 8-1 start but dropped back-to-back games to Wheelersburg and Minford to end the season. Junior OL Blake Yates and senior LB Brice Crabtree are returning all-district selections.


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REGION 20 (released Aug. 12)

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