2011 Muscle Milk & JJHuddle Division III Preseason Power Poll

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2011 Muscle Milk/JJHuddle Ohio HS Football Power Polls

The Power Polls…continue. JJHuddle’s immensely popular

state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division III preseason

poll.
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The Power Polls…continue. JJHuddle’s immensely popular

state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division III preseason

poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that Muscle Milk has
become a co-sponsor
of the rankings.

We will release the
remaining Muscle Milk & JJHuddle Power Polls this week.

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polls will be unveiled on site every Tuesday during the season.

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Muscle Milk
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1. Marlington (13-1, D-III State Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – OL Zach Higgins (65, 295, sr.), RB/LB Alden Hill (6-2, 225, sr.), RB/DB Dymonte Thomas (6-2, 180, jr.), LB Clayton Staib (5-11, 185, sr.)
* Outlook –
The Dukes have their sights set on a deep postseason run and for good reason – Marlington owns the best 1-2 RB punch in Ohio regardless of division. Hill, who rushed for 2,274 yards on 258 carries and accounted for 35 TDs last year, has over 15 offers including Michigan, Iowa, Northwestern, Virginia, Pitt and Vanderbilt. Thomas is arguably the top junior RB prospect in Ohio (ran for 1,488 yards and 18 TDs last year) and has offers from Michigan State, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois, Iowa and Notre Dame. Those two will be running behind a line anchored Higgins, a Michigan State commit. Staib and Thomas (117 tackles) will lead the defense. Up until last year, Marlington had never won a playoff game. This year they could win the state title.
Opener:
vs Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas

2. Steubenville (8-3, D-III R11 Quarterfinalist)
*
Players to Watch –
RB/LB Leshawn Luke (5-9, 160, sr.), RB/DB JoJo Pierro (5-9, 185, sr.), QB Marcus Prather (6-3, 210, sr.), ATH/DB Najee Murray (5-11, 180, sr.), FB/DE William Houst (6-4, 225, sr.); WR/DB Matt Petrella (6-3, 175, jr.); RB/LB Dashon Redman (5-10, 195, jr.)
* Outlook – Big Red has been in the playoffs 10 straight years and odds are they’ll make it 11. One of Ohio’s most storied traditions, Steubenville will have a tremendous defense led by Ohio State commit Murray (62 tackles), Houst (67 tackles, seven sacks), Luke (64 tackles, seven TFL) and Redman (36 tackles). Pierro is the team’s workhorse (1,110 rushing yards and 12 TDs). Petrella will impact both sides of the ball (10 receptions, 250 yards, three TDs; 30 tackles, two INTs). Since taking control of the program in 1983, OHSFCA Hall of Fame head coach Reno Saccoccia is 291-52 with 21 playoff appearances, 13 regional titles, six state finals and three state titles.
Opener: vs Morgantown (WV)

3. Kettering Alter (11-3, D-IV State Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – LB Danny Thimons (6-2, 195, sr.), QB Malik Zaire (6-1, 185, jr.), OL Cody Collins (6-3, 270, jr.), RB Jackson Vandergriff (5-10, 215, sr.), RB Joe Penno (6-0, 180, sr.), K Andrew DiMario (n/a, sr.)
* Outlook – The Knights have won more games (64) than any program in Ohio over the last five years. They’ve also won two state titles and four regional championships over that span. A usual Alter has holes to fill but capable replacements. Zaire is one of Ohio’s top junior prospects and already owns an offer from Cincinnati. DiMario has scored 119 points the last two years (98 Pats, seven FGs).
Opener: at Kettering Fairmont

4. Akron SVSM (7-5, D-III R9 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Kevin Besser (6-3, 195, sr.), RB/DB SaeVon Fitzgerald (5-9, 170, sr.), DE Matt Perry (6-3, 255, sr.), WR/DB Tyler Bischof (5-9, 175, sr.), OL/DL Matt Olszewski (6-2, 260, sr.)
* Outlook – The Irish are poised for a solid season. SVSM has been to the playoffs three of the last four years and should make it again. Besser and Fitzgerald (1,102 yards rushing, nine TDs) form a formidable and seasoned duo. Defensively, Bischof (59 tackles, eight TFL, four sacks) and Perry (58 tackles, eight sacks) lead the way. Head coach Dan Boarman owns a 148-83 career record.
Opener: at Cincinnati Purcell Marian

5. Columbus DeSales (5-6, R10 Regional Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB Warren Ball (6-2, 215, sr.), OL/DL Alex Washington (6-2, 285, sr.), DB/WR Jalen Noble (5-10, 185, sr.), WR Charles Chandler (6-3, 180, sr.), OL/DE R.J. Ball (6-1, 225, sr.), K/P Anthony Ciamiacella (5-11, 185, sr.), RB/LB Joe Lyberger (5-10, 175, sr.)
* Outlook – The Stallions have made the playoffs a state-best 17 straight seasons and should make it 18. Thirty seniors and 15 players with extensive varsity experience return, including Ball, an Ohio state recruit who missed three games last year with injuries but still rushed for 634 yards and 12 TDs. Replacing QB Nick Gentile will be key. “Our goals always remain the same at DeSales – to win our league, advance to the playoffs and win the state championship,” head coach Ryan Wiggins said. “These are lofty goals, but here at DeSales we have always set the bar high! It makes the thrill of competition that much better.”.
Opener: vs Gahanna Lincoln

6. Youngstown Mooney (7-5, D-III R9 Finalist)
*
Players to Watch –
RB/DB Roosevelt Griffin (5-9, 180, sr.), OL/DL Austin Trgovcich (6-3, 270, sr.), QB/DB Courtney Love (6-1, 192, jr.), RB/LB Marcus McWilson (6-0, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – The Cardinals are a transplant from Region 9. They’ve been in four regional finals and won 59 games (and two state titles) since 2006. McWilson and Love are two of Ohio’s top junior prospects and will have a huge impact in regards to how far this year’s team goes. Both will be BCS players.
Opener:
@ Canton McKinley

7. Akron Archbishop Hoban (4-6)
* Players to Watch – DE/TE LaTroy Lewis (6-5, 245, sr.), DE/TE Greg McMullen (6-5, 275, sr.), DB Jordan Cook (5-10, 185, sr.), FB Miles Light (5-9, 230, sr.), OL/DL Hayden DeYoung (6-3, 300, sr.), OL/DL Ameer Hodoh (5-8, 285, sr.), OL Ben Sarkis (6-1, 205, sr.), P Zack Reichert (6-3, 185, sr.), QB Dominick Orsini (6-3, 190, jr.), TE/LB Jimmy Martter (6-3, 230, jr.), DB Phil Brett (6-2, 190, jr.), OL Jason Frimel (5-10, 250, jr.)
* Outlook – The Knights have high expectations for 2011 but they also have a brutal schedule ahead, including games with: Hartley, SVAM, Massillon Washington, Walsh Jesuit, Mentor Lake Catholic and Padua Franciscan. To help offset that gauntlet, head coach Ralph Orsini (128-66 in 18 years) welcomes back the best DL duo in Ohio in Lewis and McMullen. Lewis (88 tackles, 31 QB hurries, eight sacks) lists his Top 5 schools as Ohio State, Nebraska, Oregon, Northwestern and Michigan. McMullen (86 tackles, 20 QB hurries, 7.5 sacks) is a Nebraska commit. Cook (54 tackles), Hodoh (50 tackles) and Brett (24 tackles) add to a formidable Hoban defense. Offensively, several key lineman return. Look for Dominick Orsini and Martter to have big years.
Opener: vs Gonzaga (DC)

8. Poland Seminary (7-4, D-III R9 Quarterfinalist)
*
Players to Watch –
QB Colin Reardon (6-2,190, sr.), DL/OL George Dibo (6-0, 275, sr.), RB/LB Jerry Lawman (5-8, 185, sr.), TE/DE Jordan Voitus (6-2, 225, sr.), FB Jordan Smith (5-11, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs made the playoffs for the fourth straight season last year and narrowly lost to eventual state runner-up Akron Buchtel 20-18 in the R9 first round. A fifth straight postseason trip isn’t out of the question although Poland’s schedule is brutal. The Bulldogs face Austintown-Fitch, Marlington and rivals Canfield, Howland and Hubbard. Head coach Mark Brungard (44-22 in six years) has a strong senior class led by returning All-AAC performers  Reardon (1,500 yards and 15 TDs), Dibo, Lawman and Voitus. Reardon is a three-year starter. Brungard added that upfront Poland, “should be as physical on both sides of ball as we’ve ever been.”
Opener: at Hubbard

9. Springfield Shawnee (10-2, D-III R12 Semifinalist)
*
Players to Watch –
QB Brad Jarzab (6-0, 195, sr.), RB Alex McCrory (6-1, 215, jr.), LB Ryan Mayfield (n/a, sr.), OL Joel Schilke (n/a, sr.), DL Lucas Sparks (6-1, 215, sr.), DB Jordan Huggins (n/a, jr.), DB James Williams (n/a, jr.)
* Outlook – The Braves have been to the playoffs two years in a row and should make it three. Jarzab, the reigning CBC Kenton Division Player of the Year, returns after throwing for 928 yards and seven TDs and rushing for 1,094 yards and 17 TDs. McCrory is one of Ohio’s top juniors after rushing for 704 yards and 11 TDs as a sophomore. Defensively, Mayfield (110 tackles), Sparks (71 tackles), McCrory (55 tackles), Huggins (54 tackles) and Williams (46 tackles) return.
Opener: at Springfield Catholic Central

10. Licking Valley (9-3, D-III R11 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB/LB Drew McArtor (6-1, 185, jr.), QB/DB Matt McClain (6-1, 175, sr.)
* Outlook – The Panthers will rely heavily on McArtor who took over mid-season last year and despite starting just the last half of the season and playoffs racked up over 1,300 yards and 16 TDs. McClain (53 tackles, two INTs) leads the defense.
Opener: at New Albany

10 More To
Watch

Chagrin Falls (13-2, D-IV State Runner-Up)
*
Players to Watch –
OL Sam Gardner (6-0, 205, sr.), OL Mike Tozzi (6-2, 225, sr.), RB Jack Campbell (5-10, 190, jr.), QB Tommy Iammarino (5-11, 195, jr.), RB/DB Bradley Munday (5-8, 155, jr.), WR Mike Hageman (6-5, 205, sr.), WR Anthony DeCamillo (6-1, 200, sr.), LB Kurt Vidmer (6-0, 205, sr.), DB Everett Dishong (6-0, 195, sr.), LB Andrew Winkleman (6-2, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Tigers are suddenly a legit football power and they’re nowhere near done making noise. The question is can they make that noise in D-III. Chagrin Falls has been to two straight D-IV state championship games. Head coach Mark Iammarino (119-59 in 17 years) welcomes back six starters on offense and five on defense, including the team’s top four tacklers (Vidmer, Dishong, Campbell, Winkleman). Although all three LBs are back, the DL is an area of concern as all 4 positions must be replaced. Offensively, Campbell was the team’s leading rusher (696 yards and five TDs) last year, and Vidmer (10 TDs) played a huge part in short yardage packages. Returning QB Tommy Iammarino welcomes back three seasoned receivers (Munday, DeCamillo, Hageman) as well.
Opener: at Richfield Revere

Akron Buchtel (11-4, D-III State Runner-Up)
* Players to Watch – WR/DB Jarrod Wilson (6-3, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – The Griffins made headlines last year by finishing state runner-up and then made headlines in the offseason with some transfer issues and ineligible players. Now it’s time to play football again. Head coach Ricky Powers welcomes back some talent from last year’s squad including Wilson (55 tackles, eight INTs and seven TFL), a Michigan commit who chose the Wolverines over Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. Wilson had two INTs and a fumble recovery in the state final last year. 
Opener: at Massillon Washington

Eaton (12-1, D-III R12 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – QB/DB Cole French (6-5, 195, sr.), RB Nathan Clark (5-11, 170, sr.), WR/DB  Joe McCafferty (5-11, 168, sr.), OL/DL Andrew McKee (6-3, 270, sr.)
* Outlook – The Eagles had a historic season last year, making it to the regional final for the first time ever. Another lengthy postseason run could be in the cards. French (Toledo offer) is one of the state’s most versatile players. Last season he completed 63-percent of his passes for 2,780 yards and 27 TDs; ran for five TDs; picked off four passes as a DB; kicked 54 PATs and two FGs; and averaged 36 yards per punt. Clark returns after rushing for 1,366 yards and 21 TDs. McCafferty is a standout too.
Opener: vs Oxford Talawanda

Dover (10-3, D-III R11 Finalist)
*
Players to Watch –
OL/DL Tim Lehr (6-4, 250, sr.), WR Logan Maholm (6-0, 200, sr.), QB Derik Swinderman (6-4, 195, sr.), FB/LB Hunter Schneeberger (5-9, 210, sr.),  DL Jake Bennett (6-1, 210, sr.), DB Jared Alexander (6-0, 175, sr.), WR/DB Andrew Little (5-8, 185, sr.), WR Mason Mamarella (5-11″, 175, jr.), DL Demetrious Farmer (6-2, 245, jr.), DL Jason Clinker (6-2, 300, jr.), OL Nick Sutterluety (6-1, 250, sr.)
* Outlook – The Tornados and head coach Dan Ifft (16 years at school) have been to the playoffs the last six years and have made three straight regional finals. Expect another deep playoff run. Swinderman is one of Ohio’s top QBs. Last year he completed 213-of-342 passes for 3,467 yards and 32 TDs and also ran for 554 yards and 12 TDs. Dover will be tested by a schedule that includes six D-II teams and new ECOL member Zanesville.
Opener: at Carrollton

Columbus Watterson (13-1, D-III State Champion)
* Players to Watch – WR/DB Erik Oman (6-0, 170, sr.), LB Craig Fada (6-1, 220, sr.), OL Eric Rutkowski (6-1, 250, sr.), DE Chris Seguin (6-1, 221, sr.), FB/LB Mario Dean (5-9, 197, sr.),  RB Isaish Murray (5-9, 165, sr.), OL/DE Andrew Lorenz (6-3, 240, sr.), QB Andy Elberson (6-2, 185, jr.) 
* Outlook – The Eagles are out to defend their state title and have some holes to fill. Head coach Dan Bjelac (70-27 in eight years) returns just four starters, so inexperience – not talent – will be a concern. Orman is a solid two-way standout (10 catches, 238 yards, three TDs, 45 tackles, 4 INTs), while defensive stalwarts include Fada (119 tackles), Segun and Lorenz (28 tackles). Offensively, Elberson will direct a backfield that includes Dean (13 carries, 285 yards, two TDs; 8 catches, 94 yards, three TDs) and Murray (75 carries, 342 yards, four TDs). Watterson’s schedule is brutal with road games against Pickerington North, Walsh Jesuit, Cincinnati LaSalle, Columbus DeSales and Jonathan Alder. Home games include Winton Woods, Beechcroft and St. Charles. 
Opener: at Pickerington North

Elida (9-3, D-III R10 Semifinalist)
*
Players to Watch –
QB Reggie McAdams (6-6, 190, sr.), WR/K Austin Etzler, Elida, (6-2, 180, sr.), RB Colin Blymer, Elida (5-6, 165, sr.), LB Quentin Poling, Elida (6-1, 195, jr.), WR/DB Kevin Kraft (6-0, 170, sr.)
* Outlook – Just two years removed from back-to-back 0-10 seasons, the Bulldogs made the playoffs for the first time since 1982 last year and won a first round game at Tippecanoe (before losing to eventual state champion Watterson). Expect another big season for Elida. The Bulldogs offense is loaded. McAdams (Kent State offer) threw for 2,955 yards, 32 TDs and just eight INTs (five of which came against Watterson) last year. Etzler (56 receptions, 1,051 yards and nine TDs) and Kraft (32 receptions, 558 yards and 10 TDs) are two of McAdams favorite targets and Blymyer is a 1,000-yard RB (216 carries, 1,190 yards and seven TDs). Kraft (four INTs) and Poling (over 100 tackles, three fumble recoveries) return to lead the defense.
Opener: vs Detroit Ford (MI)

Cincinnati Taft (7-4, D-IV R16 Quarterfinalist)
*
Players to Watch –
TE/DE Adolphus Washington (6-5, 245, sr.), WR Dwayne Stanford II (6-4, 190, sr.), RB Dequan Smith (5-10, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – The Senators came within OT of upsetting Clinton-Massie in the first round of last year’s Region 16 playoffs. Now in D-III, Taft is still very dangerous. Washington is a D-I basketball prospect too but his body makes him more valuable in football. Last year, Washintgon, who has offers from Ohio State, Texas, USC, Oregon and Alabama, had 101 tackles and 14 sacks. Washington (44 catches, 865 yards, 10 TDs) is another big-time prospect who holds offers from  Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State. Smith returns after rushing for 1,190 yards.
Opener:
vs Hamilton Badin

Logan Elm (3-7)
* Outlook – Head coach Scott Bartholomew and the Braves will look to rebound from last year’s losing record after going 21-4 with two playoff berths in 2009 and 2010. Key contributors to a team that returns 16 starters (nine on defense) are QB/DB Anthony Vagnier (6-3, sr.), WR/CB Blake Riffle (6-4, sr.) and LB Luke Thompson (6-1, sr.).
Opener: at Washington Court House

Canal Fulton Northwest (4-6)
*
Players to Watch –
QB Nick Riley (6-5, 190, sr.), RB Ronnie Beers (5-10”, 180, sr.), WR JC Pawlyk (5-10”, 180, sr.), DB Mason Tesch (5-9, 170, sr.), LB Jay Strelecki (5-10”, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – After nine straight postseason berths the Indians had their streak snapped last year. Thirteen starters return (including eight on defense) for head coach Vic Whiting (193-68 in 13 years). The offense will be led by Riley (2,521 passing yards, 18 TDs), Beers (680 rushing yards, 391 receiving yards, 13 TDs) and Pawlyk (38 catches, 529 receiving yards,  four TDs). The OL will be a strength and feature eight underclassmen led by returning starters Jordan West (6-2, 260, jr.) and Paul Wellman (6-3, 240, jr.). Beers (73 tackles), Pawlyk (66) and Strelecki (54) lead the defense. Northwest begins play as an independent this season and has eight new teams on its schedule: Poland, New Philadelphia, Columbus St. Charles, Canfield, Cleveland John Hay, Parma Franciscan, St. Thomas Aquanius and Barberton.
Opener: at Orrville

Ravenna (8-2)
*
Players to Watch –
RB/CB D.J. Jones (5-10, 190, sr.), FB/LB Dylan Tirpak (6-1, 185, sr.), QB/SS Brandon Holt (5-10, 195, sr.), OL/DL Matt Benson (5-10, 240, sr.)
* Outlook – The Ravens, led by head coach Jim Lunardi (55-36 career record) were D-II last year and narrowly missed the playoffs. Now they’ll try their luck in D-III. Jones is a special talent who rushed for 1,377 yards and 18 TDs last year. He scored six TDs on varsity as a sophomore and reached the end zone 37 times on the freshman team. Defensively, Jones registered 66 tackles and four INTs last year. Holt (490 yards passing, nine TDs) returns under center. Tirpak (181 tackles the last two years) and Benson (81 tackles the last two years) are defensive veterans. Should the Ravens win the Portage Trail Conference title this year it will be just the second time in school history and first since 1973-75 that the program won three straight league titles.
Opener: at Tallmadge

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