What’s on the wall this week? Kenton’s Mauk set to make decision, back-ups with college scholarships, the spread produces points and wins, righting the ship and major rebuilds…
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*Mauk-ing a decision…Kenton’s record-setting senior QB Maty Mauk will announce his college destination on Thursday. This week he’s been doing a countdown on Facebook. Mauk is expected to choose between Michigan, Notre Dame and Missouri. Ohio State is a dark horse. He’ll hold a press confernece in Kenton. With one season left to play, Mauk already ranks sixth nationally for yards in a career with 13,519. He’s second all-time in Ohio history and just 3,845 behind his brother Ben’s national mark. You can catch our Cover Story on Mauk and Kenton in the 2011 Ohio HS Football Preview.
*A D-I Back-Up?…More often than not spectators assume that a player with a Division I scholarship offer is automatically a high school starter. Sounds logical but it’s not always right. Case in point is the Cincinnati Moeller QB situation this fall. Junior Ricky Davis (6-2, 184) holds offers from Bowling Green and Akron but he may also be holding a clipboard when the season starts. As is, according to a Moeller insider, fellow junior QB Spencer Icavone (6-2, 205) is the starter heading into camp. Last year Icavone saw action in Moeller’s first six varsity games before suffering a season-ending injury. He threw for 346 yards and four TDs.
*Installing the Spread Equals More Wins…Or does it? In the instance of Vincent Warren Local, the verdict is still out but the ruling looks favorable. The Warriors (5-5 last year) have just one winning season in 10 years, but second-year head coach Andy Schob and his staff have the team’s expectations and pass attempts on the rise. Last year Warren began the season in a new spread offense, which morphed into a “no huddle” attack the final three weeks. Schob and the Warriors plan to utilize the same approach this year. Warren returns every player that logged a carry or catch last season except one (graduated senior Grant Venham who is now at Ohio University). Keep an eye on junior QB Dylan Leffingwell (6-2, 210) who threw for 1,960 yards and 19 TDs as a sophomore. Said someone close to the program: “I think everyone will be amazed at the level he will play at this season.”
*Can the Vikings right the ship?…Miamisburg head coach Tim Lewis led the Vikings to their lone D-I playoff berth in 2000 and then stepped down in 2005 after 108 wins in 17 seasons. Lewis is back for another round with the Burg and enters Year 2 of his second stint with a team capable of making some noise. The Vikings averaged just six points in 2009 and despite winning just one game last year, averaged 23 points. Similar growth can be seen in the weightroom. In 2009 the Vikings had 15 players attending offseason workouts. This summer they’re up to 45 and have seven kids that can bench over 300 pounds. One of those is senior OL Zach Myers (6-4, 277) who has already committed to Kentucky. Senior QB Cody Hamblin (5-10, 188) is another D-I prospect. One key for the Vikings has been the addition of Burg grad and former LB Matt Muncy as strength coach. Muncy, a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings, ranks No. 2 all-time on Ohio University’s solo tackles list (203). He also saw limited NFL duty with the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.
*Brush back…Lyndhurst Brush is just 9-20 the last three years but this season the Arcs could match that win total. Believe it. Brush is an experienced team that head coach Rob Atwood said, “is looking to turn the corner.” The Arcs own one of the most talented rosters in Northeast Ohio. Senior QB/DE Pharaoh Brown (6-7, 215) is one of the state’s top prospects and has committed to Michigan where he’ll more than likely play TE. Fellow seniors DL/OL Carlutorbantu Zaramo (6-4, 299), WR/DB Jalen Yancy (6-4, 195), WR/DB Kevin Houchins, Jr. (6-0, 180) and WR Isaiah Wilson (5-10, 185) are all D-I prospects as well. Houchins has committed to Louisville and Zaramo holds offers from several MAC schools. Brush’s junior class, which includes RB Patric Hannon (6-1, 205) and WR/DB Harry Durrah (5-9, 170), is electric too.
*Major Rebuilds…A couple of noteworthy traditional state powers are in for some major shuffling and rebuilding this season. Small school juggernaut Mogadore, which has been to the playoffs 24 times and owns three state titles, is in jeopardy of seeing its current string of consecutive playoff berths snapped at 12. The Wildcats, who have made the playoffs every season since the format expanded to eight teams per region, have just six seniors on the roster and according to a program insider will be as young as they have been “in decades.” Mentor Lake Catholic, which owns 18 postseason berths and three state titles, has won two straight D-II regional titles but must replace 21 of 22 starters. Despite that a program insider said, “expectations are still high” this season.