Ohio HS Insider (Football Edition): ESPN indecisive on Kenton-Coldwater


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What’s on the wall this week? How about: TV Brass having a hard time deciding? Ohio’s 2012 Recruiting Class better than 2011? Coldwater has how many D-I players? Delphos St. John’s won’t make the playoffs? All that and more
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*Coldwater-Kenton on ESPN? Well…So there’s still a possibility that ESPN could carry the ColdwaterKenton game on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. The school’s still haven’t heard a definite answer from ESPN and Coldwater Athletic Director Eric Goodwin reports there have been “No Updates” from the TV giant. That being said, Goodwin mentioned that there are still some things that favor Coldwater and Kenton ultimately landing the spot. Although ESPN is reportedly looking for “a bigger game in terms of school size and market” two aspects that make the game favorable are: 1.) Several states do not allow Sunday games (Ohio does), and 2.) Several states haven’t even started their season by the last weekend in August (like Texas). Goodwin reported that the marketing firm working for ESPN “can’t find anything that would be bigger or better on a Sunday” and that “hopefully it works out.”

Memo to ESPN – listen to your marketing firm. Trust me, a Kenton-Coldwater game would be a goldmine – mainly because it would go on forever.

I went to the Coldwater-Kenton game last year and left at 9:30 to drive back to Dayton. It was halftime. The first quarter took 60 minutes. The second quarter took over 65. That’s what happens when’s there’s 70 first half pass attempts. ESPN could run more commercials during a Coldwater-Kenton game than it could during the BCS National Championship. And the intrigue is there.

One Lima sportswriter said the ONLY reason this game is being considered for national TV is “Kenton quarterback Maty Mauk.” I disagree. No doubt Mauk – and his quest to best his brother Ben’s absurd national passing records – is the main drawing card. Throw in the fact that he could be a Michigan or Notre Dame recruit by then and that’s some tantalizing credentials. But every game Mauk plays has that draw. The opener however has Coldwater, which basically epitomizes small school football in America.

Storylines? There are plenty. Passes? Expect over 125 attempts and almost that many commercials. Hear that ESPN? Goldmine…

*2012 Prospects on Torrid Pace…Here’s some homework: If you search the Class of 2012 on ScoutingOhio.com and check the “FBS D1 Offers Box,”  you will get 137 players that have reported an NCAA Division I offer right now. Mind you this is before the summer “camp season.”

In comparison, a similar scan of ScoutingOhio.com for the class of 2011, indicates there were 141 total D-1 commitments in Ohio last year.

The Class of 2012 looks to be much better than the class of 2011 – in terms of depth at least.

*Speaking of Coldwater, they have how many D-I recruits?…According to someone inside the program – and this guy’s word is as good as gold – the Cavaliers have several players that should fine their way onto NCAA D-I rosters. And most reside in the junior class. For the past three years, Cavalier insiders have been saying that the Class of 2013 is arguably the “best” football class to ever come through the school. Queue a line from Rush Hour and Jackie Chan: “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” That speaks volumes. Coldwater juniors on college radars include QB Austin Bruns (6-4, 210),  DE Jordan Harlamert (6-2, 220), LB Zack Dickman (6-1, 210), DB/WR Caleb Siefring (5-10, 160) and DB Josh Huber (5-10, 170). Senior K Troy Otten could also make the cut. Hear that ESPN?

By the way, I don’t think it’s out of the question to think we could see Coldwater and Youngstown Ursuline play each other in four straight Division V state finals.

*More MAC: Delphos St. John’s left out of the postseason?…We already know how impressive and dominant the Midwest Athletic Conference is. But here’s an example of how good the conference will be this year: Delphos St. John’s may not even finish above .500 and might miss the playoffs.

I’m a big fan of the Blue Jays program and head coach Todd Schulte, but DSJ, which is 42-3 with three trips to the D-VI state finals and two state titles the last three years, could be left out of the postseason. Remember, before it’s latest run, the Blue Jays went 2-8 in 2007. They should easily win more than two games this year, but how many more is the question.

There is no clear-cut favorite in the MAC, which makes this year’s conference race another doozey. Coldwater, St. Henry and Anna could be considered the “top” tier in the preseason, but Minster, Versailles and Marion Local all return favorable rosters. DSJ has its work cut out. And it’s opener against D-V power Lima Central Catholic kicks things off with a bang.

*Once in a lifetime team in Region 23?…The stats say so. Or at least hint at it. Last year New Washington Buckeye Central made the playoffs for the first time since 2003 and bowed out in the first round with a 37-21 loss at eventual state semifinalist and traditional power Mogadore. This year, the Bucks have a chance to write their own history.

Buckeye Central returns four players – QB/DB Tyler Erwin (6-4, 200, sr.), WR/DB Justin Herrnstein (6-3, 185, sr.), OL/DL Bryce Collins (6-1, 300, sr.) and WR/LB/K Adam Paynter (5-11, 175, sr.) – that combined averaged 1,000 yards of offense, 10 TDs, 88 tackles, 2.5 INTs and 10 TFL each.

As a junior, Erwin was named first team All-North Central Conference in football, basketball and baseball. Last year he completed 103-of-176 attempts for 1,811 yards, 22 TDs and just three INTs. He also ran 109 times for 401 yards and six TDs. On defense, Erwin picked off six passes, caused two fumbles and had 35 tackles.

Herrnstein (first team All-NCC) caught 19 passes for 497 yards and eight TDs, but made his biggest impact on defense where he registered 111 tackles, three TFL, two INTs, two caused fumbles and seven deflections.

Collins is a legitimate force on both sides of the ball (108 tackles, 16 TFL, eight sacks) and Paynter is Mr. Versatility. In addition to returning punts and kickoffs (one TD), Paynter also caught 21 passes for 292 yards and five TDs, kicked 35 PATs and had 99 tackles (including 18 TFL, four sacks and two INTs).

Getting past NCC rival Wynford, which has won 48 straight regular season games, is the big hurdle.

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