Morning Huddle: 2 Toledo high schools shuffled to new football divisions


JJ’s Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state

• Groveport grad Le’Veon Bell ignites Michigan State offense
• Centerville-Wayne game to be broadcast on ESPNU
• Eaton football proving they’re the real deal
• Fisher Catholic fires football coach

Do the division shuffle: When Toledo Public Schools reported their enrollment numbers to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, they must have shuffled some digits as two teams have been reassigned to new divisions. Waite moves from Division III to Division II (Region 6), and Woodward moves from D-IV to D-III (Region 10).“Mid-season moves are rare and have a ripple effect, but once we determined that an error had occurred, we needed to make the correction to ensure that the computer points were being properly awarded,” HSAA Assistant Commissioner Henry Zaborniak said in an interview. “Because of the closing, consolidating and opening of schools around the state, we have had more adjustments mid-cycle this year than ever before.” The changes are effective immediately.

Groveport grad Le’Veon Bell ignites Michigan State offense: True freshman Le’Veon Bell has helped thrust Michigan State’s football program to a 6-0 record. All told, he’s rushed for 549 yards and eight touchdowns including a 41-yard touchdown in a 34-17 victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor this weekend. Coaches started taking him seriously as an early enrollee over the spring. During a scrimmage, he rushed for a 69-yard touchdown. “I took it to the house and it was a big step,” Bell tells the Columbus Dispatch. “I showed my moves in the open field.” His first college game came during the team’s season-opener against Eastern Michigan. Bell didn’t disappoint. He rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries. It looks like things are just getting started.

Centerville-Wayne game to be broadcast on ESPNU: Thursday’s 7 p.m. matchup between the Elks and the Warriors will be broadcast list on ESPNU. “The most excited people might be the alumni and relatives and family who live in Idaho or Oregon or something like that,” Elks coach Ron Ullery told the Dayton Daily News. “We heard from numerous people after it was announced that this was great, they can watch an Elks game and they haven’t seen one in 15 years because they’ve been gone.” Prep work to get the stadium ready for national broadcast started last week. Nine additional phone lines have been routed to the field. Fifteen boom-mounted lights will be brought in to help light the field and six cameras will cover the action from all angles. No word on how much the deal was worth. But expect a lot of football fans everywhere to be watching. Especially in light of the fact that we’ll get a chance to see future Buckeyes Michael Bennett and Braxton Miller playing against one another.

Eaton football proving they’re the real deal: After dropping from the playoffs in the first round last fall, Eaton’s football team appears to be better than ever. The DIII school is 7-0, and they’ve accomplished that feat by an average margin of 26.9 points. Their defense has been absolutely stifling allowing just 5.7 points per game. That performance has helped them quickly move up in the weekly AP Polls. They leapt from the No. 10 slot last week to the No. 5 slot this week. With three games left on the slate, just one of their remaining opponents has a winning record: Valley View (5-2). If they can finish as strong as they started, keep an eye on them heading into the playoffs this fall.

Fisher Catholic fires football coach: After putting together a 0-7 record, the Fisher Catholic Irish have ousted coach Mike Hensley. Assistant coach John Young will serve as interim coach for a team that’s been outscored 309-39 through seven games. Their most recent defeat came at the hands of Harvest Prep 64-7 last week. “This decision was made after much deliberation and prayer, and was done in the interest of bringing the Fisher football community together in the best interest of our players and our program and our school,” wrote Jim Silcott, Fisher Catholic’s president and principal. Declining enrollment has helped contribute to a small roster of 32 players at Fisher Catholic.

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