Region 20 Overview: Wow is right; D-V’s deepest region is loaded


Region 20

Region 20 is by far Division V’s deepest region and it could be the state’s most balanced regardless of division. Coldwater, Anna, St. Henry, Hamilton Badin, North Union, West Jefferson, West Liberty Salem, Columbus Ready, Versailles, Mechanicsburg and Columbus Academy all call this gauntlet home. Who survives it?




Anna (9-3)
* Players To Watch:
TE/LB Alex Fogt (6-2, 235, sr.), FB/DE Cody Bensman (6-0, 220, sr.), S/RB Dexter Bensman (5-9, 160, sr.), RB Cole Furgason (5-11, 185, jr.), DL/OL Maverick Long (6-1, 220, jr.), RB/CB Danny Stewart (6-1, 185, sr.)
* Outlook: The Rockets ended their season with a playoff loss to conference foe Coldwater that resulted in some disappointment, but head coach Bryan Rioch was pleased with the overall campaign.

“I was real happy with our effort all year long,” Rioch said. “The kids played hard. We played about as well as we could play towards the end of the year.”

The Rockets return six starters on offense and five on defense and should be a formidable squad once again in 2010.

“I think our depth is going to be good,” Rioch said. “We’re looking at probably 30 kids that potentially could have varsity playing time. We feel like this is arguably one of our faster and stronger teams, and from an on-the-field perspective we think offensively up front we’re going to be good.”

Coldwater (13-2)
* Players To Watch:
WR Reese Klenke (6-4, 185, sr.), WR/DB Kurt Schoenherr (5-11, 165, sr.), LB/RB Aaron Rammel (6-0, 190, sr.), RB/DB Ross Wermert (5-11, 170, sr.), QB Ethan Bettinger (5-11, 175, sr.), OL/DL Kyle Post (6-1, 220, sr.)
* Outlook: It was another fantastic season for Coldwater, which made a splash in its return to Division V with a run to the state finals. The team wasn’t expected to have such a strong performance, but they wound up surprising their naysayers.

“I think the expectations from lots of people were that we would take a downfall, but we had a group of seniors that really stepped up,” said first-year head coach Chip Otten.

This year’s team returns three starters on each side of the ball and will have to go through a transition period as legendary head coach John Reed succumbed to cancer in May.

“All the (other) coaches are coming back… so hopefully that transition will be pretty smooth,” Otten said. “There’s obviously going to be challenges in there because they’re used to John and now I guess I’m a very different personality than John. So hopefully we can continue the same basic philosophical things with maybe different personalities doing that.”

Columbus Bishop Ready (8-2)
* Players To Watch:
CB/RB Demetrius Clark (5-11, 182, sr.), CB Christian Knapper (5-10, 175, sr.), WR Nick Frye (5-10, 150, sr.)
* Outlook: The Knights advanced to the playoffs for the third straight season and the fourth time in five years.

“I think it was a surprisingly good year, not because I thought our talent was bad but because our competition level was probably about as tough as we’ve had,” head coach Larry Wolf said.

This year’s team could once again be a factor in the postseason, but finding a quarterback is a big key.

“If we can find a quarterback, I think we’ll have the chance to be very good again,” Wolf said. “But if we don’t, all hands on deck here because it could get real ugly.”

Clark, who had 1,138 yards and 23 TDs last season en route to All-Ohio honors, will help carry the load. Knapper is a threat on offense, defense and special teams.

Richwood North Union (10-1)
* Players To Watch:
LB/RB Warren Shields (6-3, 210, sr.), RB/S Travis Laird (5-11, 170, sr.), RB/S Clay Hastings (5-10, 170, sr.), QB Evan Jamison (6-6, 215, sr.), K Blake Taylor (5-4, 145, sr.)
* Outlook: The Wildcats put forth a strong showing in 2009, entering the postseason unbeaten before falling to a tough St. Henry team in the opening round. Eleven starters return, including Shields, the reigning Division V defensive player of the year. Jamison is an immense talent as well. The ingredients are there for another solid run.

“We have extremely high expectations for the 2010 football season,” head coach Jesse Miller said. “We return great experience and athleticism. We are focused on returning to the playoffs and competing for a state championship.”

St. Henry (9-4)
* Players To Watch:
QB Kyle Stahl (6-5, 215, soph.), WR Tyler Bruns (6-3, 185, sr.), FS Dylan Schwieterman (5-11, 185, sr.), C Trent Link (6-3, 205, sr.), G Derek Puthoff (6-3, 245, sr.), LB Jason Hess (5-10, 175, sr.), WR/LB Alex Post (6-0, 185, soph.), RB Steven Luttmer (5-10, 180, jr.), WR/OLB Cory Siefring (6-4, 210, sr.), RB Zach Gottes (5-9, 190, sr.)
* Outlook: St. Henry overcame some regular season obstacles to put together a memorable postseason run, advancing to the regional finals before falling to rival Coldwater in overtime.

“I was really proud of our team’s effort, primarily because we had battled through so many injuries throughout the course of the year,” head coach Jeff Starkey said. “We were playing with different quarterbacks and different receivers and really never had our lineup intact the whole year.”

The Redskins bring back only five starters but return a core that will make them tough to deal with again, including Stahl, a talented sophomore QB.

“I think we’re going to have another group of good skill players, primarily led by our quarterback,” Starkey said. “Defensively, I think we really have to find out about where our team is and where we’re going to be up front.”

West Jefferson (9-2)
* Players To Watch:
LB/OL Brian Garen (5-10, 200, sr.), FB/LB T.J. Langermeier (5-10, 185, sr.), WR/CB/DB DJ Gray (6-0, 165, sr.), RB/DB Charlie Ramey (5-10, 175, sr.), OL/DE Jared Wheeler (6-3, 225, sr.)
* Outlook: West Jefferson continued its winning ways in 2009, despite some lowered expectations from outside the program.

“Going into the year, I think a lot of people in the area thought we’d go through a little bit of a rebuilding process,” head coach Shawn Buescher said. “We had a lot of first-year players, and we knew we were going to be inexperienced. I felt the kids did a great job of buying into our system and continuing to focus and work hard, and we were able to come out and have a very productive year.”

This year’s team returns seven starters on each side of the ball, and now it will be time for the players who were inexperienced the year before to take the lead.

“We need those kids to come to the forefront, to be able to do their job and have a productive season, and some of our role players from last year are going to have to make sure they can step forward and become leaders,” Buescher said.

West Liberty-Salem (11-1)
* Players To Watch:
RB/DB Jeff Dill (sr.), QB/DB Levi Reed (sr.), OL/LB Brad Lianez (sr.), OL/DL Brock Bahan (sr.), OL/DL Jerell Allen (sr.), WR/DB Tyler Cordell (sr.), RB/DB Cade Hunt (sr.)
* Outlook: The Tigers reached the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season in 2009, knocking off West Jefferson before falling to St. Henry in round two.

“Last year’s team performed at a very high level,” head coach Toby Smith said. “That group of seniors participated in the playoffs all four years of their careers and that is a great accomplishment.”

This year’s team will have a hard act to follow but the cupboard is far from bare as six starters return on offense and seven on defense.

“We are going to be inexperienced at some positions this season,” Smith said. “Our success will depend on how quickly the younger guys adapt to Friday night as opposed to Saturday morning football.”

Hamilton Badin (7-4)
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* Players To Watch: QB Patrick Coyne (6-1, 205, Sr.); LB Nick Seither (6-2, 225, Sr.); DB Jeff Smith (6-1, 185, Sr.); WR Tyler Sanders (6-3, 190, Sr.); DL Nate Evers (5-10, 265); WR David Korb (6-3, 175, Sr.); LB Andrew Kugler (5-10, 200, Sr.); WR Alex Rieman (5-7, 170, Sr.); DL Lawrence Saey (5-11, 260, Sr.); RB Nate Snellgrove (6-0, 190, Sr.); DB Luke Wurzelbacher (6-4, 200, Jr.)
* Outlook: The Rams are seasoned – two straight playoff berths – and hungry to make another postseason appearance riding the strong arm of Coyne, a Cincinnati recruit. Coyne threw for 1,642 yards and nine TDs last year. He also rushed for 537 yards and 11 TDs.

Seither, who had six sacks and four fumble recoveries, was second team All-Ohio, while Smith (four interceptions) was all-district. Sanders, the team’s leading receiver (461 yards, four TDs) was first team GCL Central. Others earning all-GCL honors were Sanders, Evers, Korb, Kugler, Rieman, Saey, Snellgrove and Wurzelbacher.

The Rams, who have been in three finals and won a state title in 1990, appear loaded and ready for another lengthy run.


* Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (7-3): CHCA’s three losses came against opponents with a combined regular season record of 29-1. All-district junior K Joe Reifenberg is a difference maker.

* Gahanna Columbus Academy (8-2):
The Vikings narrowly missed getting back to the playoffs, finishing No. 9 in the computer rankings. All-district performers and seniors Preston Pearson and Austin Peterman return at RB.  Become
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* Mechanicsburg (6-4):
The Indians fell back to the pack a bit with a four-loss season after an unbeaten regular season in 2008. Senior RB/DB Mason Poland is an all-district performer.

* Versailles (6-4):
It’s hard to call Versailles a surprise team, but word out of MAC country is that this storied program is starting to find its mojo again. Junior WR Mitchell Campbell earned All-Ohio honors last year, while senior WR Jordan Monnin was all-district. This is Year 3 under head coach Bob Olwin and his pass-happy offense. The system produced an All-Ohio QB last year. Become
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* Lees Creek East Clinton (6-4):
Junior DB Will Henderson was third team All-Ohio last year. Senior Matt Morrow, an all-district all-purpose player, is a threat from everywhere.

* Casstown Miami East (8-2):
A tough Week 10 loss to unbeaten Ansonia kept Miami East from making a third straight postseason appearance. Senior OL Scott Wimmer was all-district last year and doubles as a defensive force (66 tackles). Senior LB Reed Pyles is the team’s top returning tackler (98 stops, four fumble recoveries). Junior DB Josh Snyder had 50 stops and three INTs. Become
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* Columbus Africentric (2-8):
The Nubians started out 2-1 before losing seven straight. They should fair better this season with the return of seniors and all-district players DL Juwaune Thompson, DL Zach Wheat and LB Isa Tate. Become
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Jamestown Greeneview (2-8)
Milford Center Fairbanks (7-3) Become
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Tipp City Bethel (6-4) Become
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New Lebanon Dixie (5-5)
Cincinnati Mariemont (4-6)
Cincinnati Summit Country Day (5-5) Become
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Columbus Grandview Heights (4-6)
Lewisburg Tri-County North (4-6) Become
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Williamsburg (3-6) Become
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North Lewisburg Triad (3-7)
West Alexandria Twin Valley South (4-6) Become
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Miamisburg Dayton Christian (3-6)
Cincinnati Clark Montessori (3-6) Become
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Cincinnati Deer Park (1-9) Become
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Rockford Parkway (1-9)



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