The Power Polls…continue. JJHuddle’s immensely popular
rankings continue today with the release of the Division IV
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that Muscle Milk has
become a co-sponsor of the rankings. Who is where?
The Power Polls…continue. JJHuddle’s immensely popular
rankings continue today with the release of the Division V
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.
polls will be unveiled on site every Tuesday during the season.
& JJHuddle Division IV Preseason Power Poll
1. Kenton (11-2, D-IV R16 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Maty Mauk (6-2, 185, sr.), OL/DL Issac Jeffers (6-4, 250, sr.), ATH/DB Brice Fackler (6-4, 205, sr.)
* Outlook – The Wildcats fell to Alter in last year’s R16 final and are hungry to get another shot in the playoffs. Everyone knows about Mauk who has thrown for 13,519 yards and 151 TDs in 35 games. Mauk (who has whittled his final four down to Michigan, Notre Dame, Missouri and Ohio State) needs just 3,846 yards and 28 TDs to break his older brother Ben’s national records (17,364 yards and 178 TDs). Things won’t be a breeze for the Wildcats who return just three starters on offense and must break-in four new starters at receiver and on the line. Fackler and Jeffers anchor the defense, which lost seven starters. “It’s going to be a tough, challenging year, but that’s what’s exciting about high school football,” head coach Mike Mauk said.
2. Orrville (10-4, D-IV State Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – RB/LB Matthew Davis (5-11, 200, sr.), RB/LB Mason Monheim (6-1, 215, sr.), WR/DB Stewart Turner (6-0, 170, sr.), K Dylan Tanner (5-8, 155, sr.)
* Outlook – The Red Riders are a transplant from Region 14 where they won the regional title last year. They are serious threats to do the same this year. Monheim (190 tackles, including 36 TFL last year) is a top prospect with offers from Illinois and nearly every MAC school. Turner (Ball State and Toledo offers) and Davis (Buffalo offer) are D-I prospects too. Davis racked up 117 tackles and six sacks last year, while Turner had 51 tackles and five INTs. Offensively Turner piled up 1,349 total yards (686 receiving, 489 return, 174 rushing). Tanner is a solid kicker (40-of-48 Pats, 5-of-6 FGs)
Opener: vs Canal Fulton Northwest
3. Columbus Hartley (13-2, State Champions)
* Players to Watch – FB/LB Jarrod Zang (sr.), RB/LB JaWaun Woodley (jr.), TE/LB Jacob Matuska (jr.), OL/LB Napoleon Bell (sr.), RB/DB Alonzo Saxton (so.), DB Trevonn Brown (jr.), DL Solomon Grace (so.)
* Outlook – After a 37-16 loss at Ironton in Week 8, the Hawks won seven straight games last year, including victories over Amanda-Clearcreek, Kettering Alter, Heath, Chagrin Falls and a rematch with Ironton, en route to the state championship (their second overall and first since 1986). The bad news is standout RB Noah Key who rushed for 2,905 yards rushing and 41 TDs in 2010 is now at Toledo. The good news is that means Zang, Woodley and Saxton will get to see what they can do with more carries. Matuska is regarded as one of the top junior prospects in the state and has offers from Cincinnati and Toledo. Schedule-wise Hartley has one of the state’s toughest for a small school. If the Hawks get back to the playoffs they’ll have earned it after facing the likes of Amanda-Clearcreek, Elyria Catholic, Ironton, Coshocton and Ready. In Week 4 Hartley faces its toughest test against D-II power Akron Hoban. Hartley was in Region 15 last year. “What’s great about the tradition at Hartley is seeing how the next group carries the torch,” head coach Brad Burchfield (58-35 overall, 27-9 in three years at Hartley) said. “(This group is) chomping at the bit to lay the next generation of bricks in the wall of that great tradition.”
4. Ironton (10-3, D-IV R15 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Tyler Kratzenberg (5-9, 140, sr.), RB/LB Brandon Leach (5-10, 185, sr.), TE/DE Schylar Fields (6-2, 190, sr.), RB Tyler Hager (5-8, 190, sr.),
* Outlook – The Tigers have been in the postseason 12 of the last 13 years (and 28 times overall). Kratzenberg (65 tackles, three INTs), Fields (73 tackles, 14 sacks) and Leach (40 tackles) return on defense. Hager will get the majority of carries on offense. Last year in a Week 10 win over Portsmouth he scored five TDs and ran for 125 yards on 14 carries.
Opener: vs Wheelersburg
5. Genoa (12-1, D-IV R14 Finalist)
* Players to Watch – RB Kyle Nutter (5-10, 180, jr.), K Tyler Pickard (5-11, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – The Comets are coming off the best four years in school history. What can they do for an encore? That’s the burning question. One things for sure, though – they’ll ride Nutter whose coming off a sophomore season in which he gained 1,656 yards and scored 22 TDs on 268 carries.
vs Ottawa Hills
6. Cortland Lakeview 9-3, D-III R13 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – QB/DB/P Anthony Franco (5-10, 180, sr.), OL Jake Payton (6-5, 310, sr.), WR Elijah Henderson (6-4, 190, jr.), WR/LB Drew Bell (6-5, 190, sr.), DL Trevor Watson (6-2, 240, jr.)
* Outlook – Franco is back for his third season as a starter and gives the Bulldogs an edge. Last year he threw for 2,359 yards and 15 TDs and ran for another 585 yards and 13 TDs. He already owns nine schools records. The Bulldogs bring back seven starters on offense, including three WRs and three OL. Defensively Lakeview will be solid on the line (three starters back) and in the secondary. The Bulldogs must replace all four LBS. Head coach Tom Pavlansky is 77-50 in 12 years.
7. Creston Norwayne (9-3, D-V R17 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB/DB Adam Wallace (6-3, 180, sr.), OL/DL Lawrence Wolfe, (6-2, 205, sr.), RB/DB Tyler Zimmerly (n/a, sr.), WR/DB Dustin Grier (5-8, 145, sr.), WR/DB Jon Maibaich (6-2, 185, sr.), DE/TE -Matt Palmer (6-0, 200, sr.), RB/LB Austin Wilson (5-6, 150, sr.), RB/LB John Wilson (5-6, 170, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bobcats made history last year by winning a program-record nine games and their first playoff game ever, but that was in D-V. This year Norwayne bumps up a level and it’s well-prepared for the move after graduating just six seniors. Wallace, Wolfe and Zimmerly are two-way standouts and were first team Wayne County Athletic League last year. Overall, Norwayne returns five All-WCAL players. Wallace threw for 1,488 yards and 11 TDs and ran for 1,056 yards and 11 TDs last year. He also had 123 tackles. Wolfe (92 tackles, 13 sacks, 12 TFL), John Wilson (145 tackles), Zimmerly (79 tackles) and Grier (80 tackles) also return to a stacked defense. Offensively, Zimmerly (677 rushing yards, 12 TDs) compliments Wallace well. Said head coach Joe Harbour (14-8 in two years): “We hope to have a chance at winning our school’s first outright league title in 50 years after winning a share of the title in 2008. (We’re) also looking to make the playoffs for just the third time in school history and first time in back to back years.”
Opener: vs Wellington
8. Fenwick (7-3)
Players to Watch – QB Austin Gearing (6-5, 205, sr.), TE/DE Nick Durham (6-3, 215, sr.), OL/DL Michael Koehkle (6-4, 260, sr.), LB Nick Marchetti (6-1, 185, sr.), DL Lucas Cunningham (6-1, 245, jr.)
* Outlook – The Falcons looked like a team that could make noise in the postseason last year, before losing their last three games by a combined 17 points (to Alter, Carroll and Badin) and failing to make the playoffs. Head coach Fred Cranford (21-29 in five years) welcomes back a “very strong and physical team with lots of talent at the skills position and an incredible amount of playing experience.” Durham was first team GCL, while Gearing (accounted for 19 TDs), Marchetti (three INTs) and Koehike were second team. Gearing holds offers from Miami (Oh), Cincinnati and Toledo.
Opener: vs Dayton Oakwood
9. Waynesville (8-3, D-IV R16 Quarterfinalist)
Players to Watch – QB Luke Creditt (6-2, 205, sr.), OL/DL Isaac Hammonds (6-0, 255, sr.), K Caleb Keeton (5-10, 175, sr.), WR/DB Matt Hussey (5-10, 160, sr.), WR/DB Ty Black (6-0, 165, jr.), RB/LB Matt Lindsey (5-11,185, sr.), LB Mike Tarkany (6-4, 230, sr.)
* Outlook – Despite a head coaching change last year, the Spartans didn’t skip a beat, making the postseason for the fourth straight time in Brandon Philpot’s first season. For an encore Waynesville will try to make it back to the playoffs and win a game this year for just the second time in history. Creditt, who owns all the WHS single-season passing marks and is five TDs away from the career record, is one of the state’s top QB prospects. Last year he accounted for over 3,000 yards of offense and 40 TDs (threw for over 2,500 yards and 31 TDs and ran for over 900 yards and nine TDs). Keeton is a kicking prospect who holds all the WHS single-season kicking records and is one pace to break the school’s career PAT and FG marks. The key for Waynesville will be the first month of the season when it opens with four playoff teams (East Clinton, Clinton-Massie, Eaton and Carlisle).
Opener: @ East Clinton
10. Clinton-Massie (11-1, D-IV R16 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch –
OL Jared Salisbury (6-6, 330, sr.); OL Jimmy Singleton (6-3, 280, sr.);
OL Trent Smart (6-3, 230, jr.); OL Jake Weaver (6-2, 220, jr.); TE
Bradly Burgess (6-3, 220, sr.); LB Wes Clutter (5-9, 190, sr.); DB
Dillion Davis (6-2, 185, sr.); FB Wyatt Running (6-0, 190., jr.); RB
Bayly Wolfe (6-0, 180, so.)
* Outlook – The Falcons, led by
head coach Dan McSurley (123-46 in 15 years), have been to the playoffs
nine straight years and won 33 straight regular season games. No reason
to think Massie doesn’t make it 10 postseason trips in a row. As for
another 10-0 regular season, that may be a little tougher. Size and
athleticism on the OL won’t be an issue, especially with Salisbury ( D-I
prospect) up front. Experience in the backfield is a small concern.
Defensively, the secondary will be a strength.
Opener: vs Blanchester
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* Players to Watch –
RB Ross Franklin (n/a, sr.), QB Matt Smith (n/a, sr.), OL Brandon
Hollis (n/a, sr.), LB Steven Smith (n/a, sr.), DL Nick SanFillipo (n/a,
sr.), DE Joey Dismuke (n/a, sr.), FB Adam Carter (n/a, jr.), LB Corbin
Grassman (n/a, jr.), DB/RB Nick Sadinsky (n/a, jr.), DB/WR Tyler
Thompson (n/a, jr.), OL/DL Tim Sayer (n/a, jr.)
* Outlook – The
Johnnies could deliver a memorable season. Head coach Mike Carter
enters his 10th season at the school with a 63-27 record and just six
wins shy of becoming the program’s career wins leader. Johnstown also
looks poised to compete for a playoff berth and Mid-Buckeye Conference
title. Franklin returns after running for 2,183 yards and 22 TDs last
year. Matt Smith is a veteran who ran for 526 yards and accounted for
nine TDs. Carter scored seven TDs. Hollis and Sawyer are three-year
starters and anchor both lines. Defensively, the Johnnies are stacked.
Steven Smith (109 tackles), SanFillipo (50 tackles, seven sacks),
Dismuke (71 tackles, 12 sacks), Grassman (99 tackles), Sadinsky (81
tackles, three INTs) and Thompson (four INTs) are seasoned. Tough
non-league games against Granville, Heath and Hebron Lakewood await in
Weeks 1-3, respectively.
Opener: @ Granville
Orwell Grand Valley (8-2)
Players to Watch – QB/DB A.J. Henson (5-11″, 170, sr.), WR Mitchell
Lake (6-0, 165, sr.), TE/LB Adam Moodt (6-0, 180, sr.), RB/LB Joe
Satterfield (5-8, 175, sr.), WR/DB Jeromy Rockafellow (N/A, sr.), OL/DL
Josh Rigg (5-11″, 210, sr.), OL/DE Matt Lovick (5-10″, 240, sr.), OL
Kyle Hodge (5-9, sr.), OL/DL Josh Shreve (6-0, 195, sr.), OL/DE Matt
Zaller (6-0, 195, sr.), RB/LB Stan Sirrine (6-0, 185, jr.), OL/DL Alex
Oscar (6-4, 265, jr.)
* Outlook – A disappointing loss to
Newton Falls in Week 10 kept the Mustangs out of the D-V postseason last
year. There’s plenty back to fuel another run at the playoffs. Henson
accounted for 23 TDs and over 1,700 total yards in nine games last
season. One of his favorite targets was Lake (11 TDs). Moodt (83
tackles, 14 TFL) and Satterfield (67 tackles) anchor the defense.
Overall head coach Tom Henson returns 16 players who either started or
saw significant time.
Chaminade Julienne (4-6)
Players to Watch – LB Darrien Howard (6-2, 241, jr.), DB Marco
Gresham (5-10, 175, sr.), WR/DB Darian Reynolds (5-10, 165, sr.), RB/LB
Jamel Sanders (6-1, 190, sr.), WR/DB Sam Spees (5-10, 160, sr.)
Outlook – The Eagles have had an interesting 12 months. CJ ended a
frustrating season last year (five losses by seven points or less) with a
win over archrival Alter. In the offseason the Eagles lost both their
head coach and quarterback after former head coach Andy Helms (not
retained) was replaced with 30-year old Marcus Colvin and senior-to-be
and three-year-starting QB Michael Simpson transferred to
Trotwood-Madison. With all that out of the way, CJ looks to have a solid
fall. Howard (61 tackles in six games) has an offer from UC and Sanders
(70 tackles, 5.5 TFL) is a standout in his own right. Reynolds caught
42 passes for 523 yards and five TDs last year. Spees (threw 37 passes,
had seven carries, caught 17 passes, kicked 15 PATs) is versatile.
Garrettsville Garfield (8-3, D-III R13 Quarterfinalist)
Players to Watch – QB Sebastian Neikirk (6-3, 180, sr.), RB Bob Bright (6-1, 190, sr.), RB/DE Matt Molnar (6-1, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The G-Men made the playoffs for the first time since 2005 last year and have high expectations again. Neikirk returns after throwing for 1,788 yards and 18 TDs, while Bright is a dual threat back (who combined for over 1,000 total yards and 18 TDs). Molnar (48 tackles, 11.5 sacks) leads the defense.
Opener: @ Middlefield Cardinal
Ontario (7-4, D-IV R14 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB Drew Boatwright (6-0, 185, sr.), FB/LB Zac Bartman (6-0, 200, sr.), OL/DL Cameron Snow (6-0, 230, sr.)
* Outlook – The Warriors will try to become the first team in program history to post back-to-back playoff appearances. Boatwright and Bartman will have huge impacts again. Boatwright ran for 1,146 yards and nine TDs on 170 carries and had 33 tackles, six TFL and three sacks last year. Bartman ran for 644 yards and 10 TDs on 142 carries and had 72 tackles.
Opener: vs Loudonville
Minford (9-3, D-V R19 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – RB/LB Tyler Gaines (5-8, 195, sr.), OL/DL Colby Griffith (6-5, 220, sr.), WR/DB Kyle Snyder (6-0, 180, sr.), OL/DL Eric Gamble (6-0, 200, sr.), OL/DL Jared McCray (6-6, 273, so.), QB Evan Howard (6-3, 171, jr.), DB/WR Zach Ferrar (6-1, 174, jr.), OL/DL Kendall Dyer (5-10, 223, jr.), DB Sean Berry (6-0, 186, jr.)
* Outlook – The Falcons have been to the playoffs four years in a row, but this season is their first in D-IV. Regardless, head coach Brent Daniels (33-7 in four years) is optimistic about what this team can do. Gaines is a two-time Southeast District defensive player of the year, while Griffith and McCray (a starter as a freshman) give Minford immense size up front. Said Daniels: “We feel we have the ability to be just as good as we have been the past few seasons.”
Opener: @ South Point
Elyria Catholic (10-2, D-IV R14 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – OL Alex Nielsen (6-4, 260, sr.), OL Luke Williams (6-1, 270, sr.), LB/RB Joe Dempsey (6-1, 210, sr.), WR/DB James Baker (5-8, 155, sr.), DL David Smith (6-4, 250, jr.), DB Jacob Moore (6-1, 165, jr.), WR/DB Jordan Alpater (5-11, 170, jr.), QB Jeremy Holley (6-5, 210, so.) DL Dakota Tallman (6-4, 240, so.)
* Outlook – Former assistant coach Michael Polevacik takes over a program coming off its third postseason trip in six years and joining a new league (West Shore Conference). Nielson (Kent State recruit) and Williams anchor an OL that will open holes for Dempsey (700 yards rushing), who doubles as a standout LB (over 100 tackles each of last two years). Defensively, Baker (three-year starter), Smith, Moore, Alpater and Tallman are seasoned. Polevacik said he is expecting a “breakout season” from Holley.
vs Lorain Clearview
Williamsport Westfall (7-3)
Players to Watch – QB Trent Williamson (5-10, 200, jr.); OL Doug Hardin (6-4, 275, jr.); TE Alek Stonerock (6-5, 230, jr.); WR Tim Staten (5-10, 160, sr.), LB Seth Sias (5-10, 210, jr.), WR AJ Gifford (6-3, 180, sr.), DB Luke Cline (5-11, 160, jr.)
* Outlook – The Mustangs, a transplant from R15, are 34-11 under head coach Scott Keller the last four years and have been to the playoffs twice. Williamson is a special player who threw for 2,100 yards (19 TDs) and ran for 1,100 yards (14 TDs) last year.
Opener: @ Teays Valley
Martins Ferry (8-3, D-IV R13 Quarterfinalist)
Players to Watch – RB Tyrell Simmons (6-3, 195, sr.), OL/DL Jeffrey Oberdick (6-0, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – Since making their first playoff appearance in 1998, the Purple Riders have been in the postseason 10 of the last 13 years. This year expect Simmons to make noise on a team that returns 12 starters. Head coach Dave Bruney is entering his 33rd season at Martins Ferry (234-110 career record).
Opener: vs Heath
Ottawa-Glandorf (8-3, D-IV R14 Quarterfinalist)
Players to Watch – RB Brandon Kuhlman (5-11, 180, sr.), OL/DL Derek Rieman (6-5, 270, jr.), OL/DL Craig Rieman (6-1, 250, sr.)
* Outlook – The Titans have been to the playoffs six years in a row and should challenge to make it seven. Kuhlman is back after gaining over 1,000 yards last year (and five TDs).
Opener: @ Fostoria