What’s on the wall this week? How about: Proving that people know more than computers; Key to Ohio’s Big 33 blowout; Michigan State making noise; Ashland County QB factory; and Curtis Enis. All that and more
Today we continue a new feature on JJHuddle called the Ohio HS
Insider. So what exactly is it? It’s our home for material we’ve
collected and can’t house anywhere else. Call it a message board with
bite. We know you want to hear the good stuff. And that’s what this
First off, the JJHUDDLE OHIO HS INSIDER
has a few rules. In order to offer this material to you we have to:
Not attribute it to any particular source (but they are ones we trust)
Not attribute it to any particular reporter
3) Disclaim that we
don’t know if any of it is true (plenty of it is)
and No, we’re not just starting rumors. We’re reporting to you what you
want to know and protecting those who have told us at the same time.
Ohio HS Insider will run every Wednesday. Should we receive
news, however, that we don’t think can wait, we reserve the right to
unleash special Ohio HS Insider’s as needed.
That being said, we think this info is interesting and fairly entertaining.
Hope you do too. Enjoy…
JJHuddle’s Ohio HS
*The Real Top 10 Programs…On June 9, MaxPreps.com released a list of Ohio’s Top 10 football dynasties over the last five years. The rankings were based on the Freeman Computer Rankings, which have been made popular by the site calpreps.com. So how wrong were the computers? Extremely.
We looked at the list and then created our own, and it is very, very different. The Freeman Formula apparently likes Division I schools a lot and puts a ton of stock into sheer student numbers. We looked more at wins and playoff success regardless of division.
Here’s how we actually see the Ohio rankings playing out. And the differences are remarkable. In fact, our No. 1 team of the last five years didn’t even make the computer’s Top 10.
JJHuddle’s Top 10 football program’s
of the last five years
1. Hilliard Davidson (MaxPreps Ranking: Not Ranked): The Wildcats own two D-I state titles, three regional titles, four regional final appearances and five OCC titles the last five years. (59 wins since start of 2006)
2. Youngstown Ursuline (6): Irish have won three-straight D-V state titles and played in four straight state finals. (58 wins)
3. Alter (7): The Knights are a point-shy of winning three state
titles in the last five years. They still have two state titles, three
state finals and four regional titles. (64 wins)
4. Delphos St. John’s (NR): The Blue Jays have played in three
straight D-VI state championships and were five seconds away from three
straight titles. As is, DSJ won two titles and now owns six total. The
Blue Jays won 42 games the last three years. (52 wins)
5. Youngstown Mooney (8): The Cardinals own two state titles and have played in three state finals and four regional finals since 2006. (59 wins)
6. Coldwater (10): The Cavaliers own one state title, three regional titles and four MAC titles and have played in three state finals (and four regional finals) the last five years. (61 wins)
7. Marion Local (NR): Since 2006, the Flyers have won two state and four regional titles. (56 wins)
8. Steubenville (NR): Big Red has run away with one state championship and three regional titles in the last five years. It’s also played in two state finals and four regional finals. (61 wins)
9. Glenville (5): The Tarblooders depth and talent has produced a state final and two regional finals since 2006. (55 wins)
10. St. Xavier (1): The Bombers have been Southwest Ohio’s top big school with one state title and three regional finals the last five years. (45 wins)
St. Ignatius (4)
We didn’t rank:
*Big 33 Blowout…Ohio captured its third straight win in the vaunted Big 33 Classic all-star game by blowing out border rival Pennsylvania 50-14 in Hershey last Saturday. Ohio led 28-7 at halftime and 43-7 in the third quarter. The reason for such a lopsided score? Speed. At least that’s what one source close to the Pennsylvania team told us. “What stuck out was the speed Ohio had,” our source said. “I knew right away we were in trouble.” Speaking of speed, Ohio had four scores that covered 28-yards or longer including a 100-yard interception return for a TD by Akron SVSM’s Doran Grant (Ohio State). Said our source: “Ohio’s talent was so superior.”
*Michigan State going nuts in Ohio, Who is Next?…Several Big Ten Schools have had recruiting success in Ohio thus far – Iowa (Cameron Wilson, Dublin Jerome), Wisconsin (Kyle Dodson, Cleveland Heights) and Michigan (Tom Stroebel, Michigan) – but none has had as big of impact as Michigan State. The Spartans have six verbals for the Class of 2012 and five are from Ohio, including: QB Tyler O’Connor (Lima Central Catholic), DE Se’Von Pittman (Canton McKinley), OL Zach Higgins (Marlington), OL Bennie McGowan (Centerville) and TE Evan Jones (Ridgewood). It’s doubtful head coach Mark Dantonio is done in the Buckeye State either.
And if you’re looking for a dark horse to sign with the Spartans look no further than Dover senior QB Derik Swinderman. Even though O’Connor has already committed, Swinderman put on show recently at an MSU Camp. He was good enough that his name is one coaches now know. Last year Swinderman (6-4, 195) completed 62-percent of his passes and threw for 3,467 yards and 32 TDs. He also ran for another 594 yards and 12 TDs.
*SWBL Gunslinger…Eaton senior QB Cole French (6-5, 195) picked up his first offer recently from Toledo. Expect at least a few more to follow. French is camping at Kent State, Indiana and Northwestern. He’s also talking to Cincinnati and trying to schedule a time to get in front of Bearcat coaches. Last year French led Eaton to the D-III Region 12 Finals by completing 63-percent of his passes for 2,780 yards and 27 TDs. He also ran for five TDs and picked off four passes as a DB. In addition, French kicked 54 PATs and two FGs and averaged 36 yards per punt.
*Ashland High School a QB factory?…The last two QBs to command the Arrows high-flying offense – Taylor Housewright (Ashland University) and Marcus Fuller (Brown) – have both earned spots on college rosters. The Arrows next signal caller could do the same. Senior Zach Bernhard (6-2, 205) takes over for Fuller and academically there are a lot of similarities. Fuller was Ashland’s Class of 2011 valedictorian, while Bernhard is currently carrying a 3.96 GPA and owns a Top 10 academic ranking for the AHS Class of 2012 (282 students). Bernhard is a rare three-sport standout (basketball and baseball) who will also play defense again this season (and punt). Last year Bernhard made 101 tackles and returned an interception for a TD. He’s camping this summer at Toledo, South Florida, Ohio State and Ball State.
*Curtis Enis encore?…The former Mr. Football winner and Penn State star led tiny Bradford High to a 5-5 record last year, which was the program’s best finish since going 6-4 in 1997. This year Enis welcomes back senior RB Johnathan Barbee (5-10, 170) who ran for 2,096 yards and 28 TDs as a junior (he scored 30 total TDs). Also returning is a strong junior class that went undefeated and won the Cross County Conference junior high championship in eighth grade. Bradford a Region 24 playoff dark horse? Yep.
*Seeing Green…Aurora has made the playoffs six straight years. In Northeast Ohio, the only longer active streak is Glenville’s (10).
*Tough Sledding…Toledo St. Francis – playing its first year in the new Three Rivers Athletic Conference – will tackle a schedule that includes seven playoff teams from last year. In addition to TRAC foes Whitmer, Toledo St. John’s, Fremont Ross and Toledo Central Catholic, the Knights non-league slate includes Sylvania Southview, Parma Padua Franciscan and Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice.