MVP Football Preview Excerpt:
A look at Division VI, Region 24 and what to expect this season. We look
at the top teams, players and offer up our playoff predicitons. Who has what? And what will they do?
JJHuddle’s Region 24 Previews and Predictions
TEAMS TO WATCH
Ada (10-2, D-VI R22 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Konnor Baker (6-3, 205, sr.), RB Kellen Decker (5-10, 175, jr.), LB Chris Beaschler (6-0, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs have been knocked out of the postseason by Delphos St. John’s the last three years. The good news is those games were in R22 and Ada is now in R24. There are still postseason pitfalls, but Ada has the horses to make a run at that elusive state final. The Bulldogs offensive juggernaut (averaged 47 points per game last year), will be fueled again by Baker (224-335, 3,773 yards, 46 TDs, 9 INTs) and Decker (120 carries, 1,156 yards, 17 TDs). Beaschler leads the defense (125 tackles, 10 sacks, eight TFL and two INTs for TDs).
Fort Loramie (8-3, D-VI R24 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – LB/OL Caleb Ranly (6-1, 210, sr.); DB/WR Kyle Miracle (5-8, 140, sr.); LB/RB Brent Goldschmidt (6-1, 185, sr.); DB/RB Cory Brandewie (5-9, 165, sr.); DB/WR Jake Cordonnier (6-3, 180, sr.); QB Ryan Humphreys (n/a, sr.); LB/RB Logan McGee (6-0, 175, so.); DB/RB Tyler Zeis (5-8, 175, sr.); DB/RB Delaumte Thornton (5-8, 175, so.); LB/OL Josh Frilling (5-8, 195, sr.); OL/DL Ryan Alexander (6-0, 230, sr.); DE/OL Zach Brandewie (6-1, 200, so.)
* Outlook – The Redskins have turned the corner as a program and have reached the playoffs the last two years (losing to Marion Local both times). This year Loramie and third-year head coach Matt Burgbacher (18-6 record) should continue their ascent. Humphreys is a three-year starter who threw for 1,263 yards and 12 TDs last year. He’ll conduct an offense that returns five backs that gained at least 300 yards last season. Cory Brandewie is a dual threat out of the backfield (930 rushing yards, eight TDs, 519 receiving yards, six TDs), while Goldschmidt will share carries (517 rushing yards, 13 TDs). Defensively, Ranly (86 tackles, seven TFL) leads a seasoned unit that also includes Miracle (61 tackles, four INTs), Goldschmidt (53 tackles), Cory Brandewie (44 tackles) and Cordonnier (45 tackles).
Marion Local (9-3, D-VI R24 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – DE Jack Homan (6-3, 200, sr.), LB Logan Albers (6-2, 200, sr.), DL Nate Wendel (5-10, 200, sr.); WR Lee Pierron (6-0, 160, sr.); DB/RB Alex Rosenbeck (6-0, 170, sr.); TE/DE Kellen Goettemoeller (6-2, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Flyers lost to MAC rival Minster in the D-VI state semifinals last year, but return enough talent to make the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 years. Marion Local has played in five state finals since 1999 and has four titles. The Flyers have holes to fill on offense, but Rosenbeck and Goettemoeller are vets. Keep an eye on sophomore QB Adam Bertke (6-4, 210). Homan anchors the defense, which head coach Tim Goodwin (128-36 career record) said will be a strength thanks to a seasoned corps of DBs and LBs. The return of FB/LB Logan Albers (6-2, 190, sr.) who was lost to an injury in Week 3 last year is big.
St. Henry (3-7)
* Players to Watch – QB Kyle Stahl (6-5, 225, jr.), TE/LB/K Alex Post (6-2, 200, jr.), DB Jordan Bender (6-0, 170, jr.), DB Nate Uhlenhake (5-11, 160, sr.), DL Dom Leugers (6-2 200, jr.), WR Matt Osterholt (5-9, 165, jr.), LB Steven Luttmer (5-11, 200, sr.), DL Nathen Froning (6-0, 215, sr.), OL Dylan Bruening (6-3, 230, jr.), OL Ben Werling (6-1, 250, sr.), OL Mitchell Rinderle (6-3, 240, sr.)
* Outlook – The Redskins drop back down to D-VI where they’ve won half of their six state titles and look to add No. 7. Stahl is one of the state’s top QB prospects regardless of class and threw for 2,480 yards and 19 TDs last season. Post is one of the most versatile players in the MAC (76 tackles, 18 receptions, 232 yards, 21-25 PAT). Bender (38 tackles), Uhlenhake (39), Leugers (49), Luttmer (59) and Froning (39) are defensive veterans. Bruening, Werling and Rinderle anchor a sizeable OL. Head coach Jeff Starkey is 63-31 in seven years with St. Henry and owns two state titles (2004, 2006).
Minster (7-6, D-VI R24 Regional Finalist)
* Players to Watch – WR/LB Daniel Gusching (6-2, 210, sr.), WR/DB Derek Collins (6-1, 165, sr.), OL/DL Clay Bornhorst (6-1, 235, sr.), OL/DL Ryan Will (6-2, 220, sr.), WR/DB Andrew Knapke (6-1, 170, sr.), TE/DL Rob Wente (6-2, 230, sr.), OL/DL Eddie Bruns (5-10″, 210, sr.), WR/DB Devon Poeppleman (6-0, 190, jr.), RB/LB Troy Kauffman (5-10″, 170, jr.), QB/DB Adam Niemeyer (6-2, 180, jr.), OL/DL Wes Hegemann (6-2, 220, so.)
* Outlook – There wasn’t a more shocking turnaround in Ohio last year than the one Minster had. The Wildcats went from 1-9 (in 2009) to the regional final (lost to Lehman Catholic). This year Mister, which won the MAC’s first football state title ever in 1989, will try to make consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since going six straight seasons from 1987-1992. Second year head coach Nate Moore welcomes back seven starters on offense and three on defense but the talent is there. Keep an eye on Niemeyer. Gusching was honorable mention All-MAC last year on offense and defense.
Springfield Catholic Central (9-2, D-VI R24 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB/DB Corey Timmons (6-2, 194, jr.)
* Outlook – The Irish have been in the playoffs seven of the last eight years but despite being a No. 1 seed wee bounced in the first round last year (by Minster). Timmons is a big-time talent. Head coach Steve DeWitt is entering his 34th season at SCC.
KEEP AN EYE ON
* Sidney Lehman Catholic (12-2, D-VI State Semifinalist) – The Cavaliers have made the playoffs five years in a row but lost a ton of talent to graduation. Head coach Dick Roll is 45-17 in six years at LC and 130-143 overall.
* Ansonia (9-2, V-VI R24 Quarterfinalist) – The Tigers are 26-7 the last three years and have been to the playoffs every season. Longtime head coach Eugene Hoening enters his 30th season at Ansonia with a career record of 188-118-1. Key senior returners are OL/DL Aaron Hall (6-2, 260) and LB/OL Dusty Holcomb (6-4, 230).
* Bradford (5-5) – Under first-year head coach and former Ohio Mr. Football Curtis Enis the Railroaders finished .500, their best record since going 6-4 in 1997. Senior RB Jonathan Barbee (5-10, 170) returns after rushing for 2,096 yards and 28 TDs last season.
* Fort Recovery (2-8) – The Indians are 15-45 in head coach Brent Niekamp’s six years and continue to make headway in the rugged Midwest Athletic Conference. Key players this year include seniors WR/DB Aaron Vagedes (6-1, 180), LB/RB Kenny Wenning (5-9, 190), QB Jason Pottkotter (6-2, 190) and OL/DL Jacob Whitacre (5-8, 240). Whitacre is a four-year starter and Wenning had 88 tackles last year.
ALSO IN THIS REGION
Lockland (6-5, D-VI R 24 Quarterfinalist), New Bremen (2-8), Arcanum (3-7), Cedarville (4-5), Cincinnati Christian (1-8), Cincinnati Country Day (4-6), Fayetteville-Perry (2-8), Hardin Northern (0-10), Dayton Jefferson (5-5), Manchester (1-7), Mississinawa Valley (1-9), New Miami (2-8), Cincinnati Oyler (0-6), Ridgemont (1-9), Degraff Riverside (3-7), Riverview East Academy (1-3), South Charleston Southeastern (2-8), Tri-County North (6-4), Troy Christian (4-6), Upper Scioto Valley (5-5), Waynesfield-Goshen (5-5)
Springfield Catholic Central
Dark Horses: Bradford, Lockland