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. 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 V Preseason Power Poll
1. Ursuline (15-0, D-V State Champion)
* Players to Watch – RB/LB Jesse Curry (6-0, 210, sr.), WR/DB Anthony Davis (6-0, 192, sr.), OL Ty Vasquez-Atkins (6-5, 330, sr.), OL/DL Troy Vasquez-Atkins (6-3, 320, sr.), RB/LB Trevor Smith (5-10, 200, sr.), WR/DB Kevin Cylar (5-9, 170, sr.), RB/LB Tramain Thigpen (5-11, 195, jr.), OL/DL Ronald Green (6-2, 300, jr.)
* Outlook – The Irish are 53-6 over the last four years and have been to four straight D-V state finals (won three straight titles). Ursuline has to replace 2010 JJHuddle Ohio Offensive Player of the Year Akise Teague (Cincinnati), but this is Ursuline. Smith, Curry and Thigpen all rushed for over 600 yards last year and will share the load with Teague gone. Smith and Curry each have over 250 career tackles as well and will battle each other to become the program’s all-time leader in that category by season’s end. Despite losing three of five starting OL, head coach Dan Reardon (68-23 in seven years) says that unit will be the strength of the offense thanks to a great “offseason” that’s produced players ready to fill the holes. Quarterback is still a question mark but the starting signal caller will be either sophomore Chris Durkin (big arm) or junior Sean Allen. A daunting schedule – as always – awaits. New opponents this year are D-I defending state champion Lakewood St. Edward and Mentor. New out-of-state opponents are Red Lion Christian (Delaware) and St. Peter’s (New Jersey).
vs Red Lion Christian Academy (Del.)
2. Coldwater (11-4, D-V State Runner-Up)
Players to Watch – QB Austin Bruns (6-4, 205, jr.), K/WR/DB Troy Otten (5-9, 170, sr.), OL/DE Mark Brunet (6-4, 205, sr.), DE Jordan Harlermert (6-2, 220, jr.), DB Jordan Chapin (5-9, 170, jr.), DB/WR Caleb Siefring (5-10, 160, jr.), LB/TE Zach Dickman (6-1, 210, jr.), WR/DB Alex Stammen (6-2, 175, sr.), OL/DL Alex Grieshop (6″0, 255, sr.)
* Outlook – Last year the Cavaliers (who own the most wins in the state since 2000 – 134) had a new head coach in Chip Otten and were supposed to have a subpar season. Instead they made it all the way back to the D-V state championship game. What can they do for an encore? How about three straight state finals? It’s a real possibility. Bruns threw for over 2,500 yards and 24 TDs last season despite missing the final three playoff games with an injury. Otten is one of the state’s most prolific kickers (96 PATs) and Siefring is a two-way standout that started all 15 games last year and was the lone sophomore to make All-MAC (first or second team). Chapin, an All-MAC HM pick, returns to lead the defense after making 105 tackles.
Opener: vs D-IV No. 1 Kenton
3. Lima Central Catholic (12-2, D-V State Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Tyler O’Connor (6-3, 210, sr.), OL Sean Griesdorn (6-4, 265, sr.), WR/DB Corey Stump (6-0, 160, sr.), RB Jonathan Washington (5-9, 190, jr.), OL Anthony Wilkerson (6-2, 255, sr.), OL Gabe Schawiger (6-0, 205, sr.), DL/OL David Gremling (6-2, 200, sr.), DB/WR Sam Huffman (6-2, 175, jr.), OL/DL Ben Stolly (6-1, 220, jr.)
* Outlook – Head coach Jerry Cooper owns a career record of 206-72, but his last six years at LCC have been extremely noteworthy. The T-Birds are 58-16 with five playoff appearances since 2005. Last year LCC made the state semis before falling to Ursuline. O’Connor is arguably the state’s top QB prospect and owns over 20 offers from BCS schools (including Michigan State, Illinois, Northwestern, West Virginia and Boston College). The additional talent that returns around O-Connor has T-Bird faithful thinking state title. Meetings with Ada and Delphos St. John’s highlight a challenging schedule.
Opener: vs Delphos St. John’s
4. Anna (8-3, D-V R 20 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – DL/OL/P Maverick Long (6-1, 220, sr.), DL Dustin Noffsinger (5-8, 200, sr.), OL Dew Gunsinger (sr.), OL Nick Reier (sr.), LB Caleb Maurer (6-1, 195, sr.), DB Wes Wolters (sr.), RB/LB Cole Furgasen (6-0, 190, sr.), QB Jay Meyer (6-4, 170, sr.); RB Gage Beasecker (5-7, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – The Rockets return eight players who earned All-MAC honors last year in Long, Noffsinger, Gunsinger, Reier, Maurer, Wolters, Fergasen and Meyer. Every year we expect Anna to break out and make a deep postseason push and again this year the ingredients are there. Furgasen and Besecker will log most of the carries after combining for 99 carries, 599 yards and nine TDs last season. Meyer is back after throwing for 1,550 yards and 20 TDs. Defensively, Maurer (85 tackles, eight TFL), Noffsinger (47 tackles, seven TFL) and Long (40 tackles, 10 TFL) are anchors. Head coach Bryan Rioch is 91-32 in 12 years.
Opener: vs Lehman Catholic
5. Kirtland (12-1, D-V R20 Regional Finalist)
* Players to Watch – RB/LB Christian Hauber (6-0, 215, sr.), OL/DL Erick Zuberer (6-2, 235, sr.), WR/DB Zach Santo (5-9, 160, sr.), TE/LB Jake Finkler (6-0, 200, sr.), OL/LB Tim Blankenship (5-11, 190, sr.), WR/DB Damon Washington (5-10, 175, jr.)
* Outlook – For the second time in three years, the Hornets made the regional final where they were ousted by Ursuline. A third trip in four years is a very real possibility for head coach Tiger LaVerde who is 47-11 entering his sixth year at Kirtland. Hauber is one of the state’s top small school players and coming off a junior season in which he had 116 tackles and rushed for 1,300 yards. Santo (seven interceptions), Finkler (91 tackles) and Blankenship (60 tackles) are seasoned defenders and Zuberer anchors both lines. Washington (over 1,000 yards receiving and 10 TDs last season) has D-I and game-changing potential. Youth on the lines is a concern.
@ West Branch
6. Fredericktown (13-1, D-V State Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – RB Matt Smith (5-10, 200, jr.), OL/DL Josh Neff (6-3, 260, sr.), FB/LB Cody McGuire (5-10, 190, sr.), RB/LB Joey Burns (6-0, 180, sr.), WR/DB Nash Cunningham (6-1, 170, sr.), DB/WR Brandon Helmick (5-10, 160, sr.), QB Ryan Logan (6-5, 195, jr.)
* Outlook – The Freddies are looking for their third straight 10-0 regular season and have the talent to pull it off. Although Fredericktown lost 13 seniors from last year’s roster, it returns a ton – especially at the skill positions. Smith ran for 2,238 yards and 27 TDs last year, while Logan threw for 600 yards and eight TDs. Neff is a two-way talent and defensively the Freddies are stacked with the return of McGuire (121 tackles, four sacks), Burns (60 tackles, four sacks), Cunningham (39 tackles, two INTs) and Helmick (38 tackles, three INTs). The first three weeks Fredericktown faces Sparta Highland, Columbus Ready and Ashland Crestview in non-league games.
vs Sparta Highland
7. Marion Pleasant (7-3)
* Players to Watch – OLB Jasone Montgomery (6-5, 225, sr.), OL/DL Brady Whiting (6-3, 290, sr.), WR/RB Ryan Snyder (6-2, 185, sr.), TE/LB Trevor Miller (6-2, 225, sr.), QB Eli Burris (6-0, 185, sr.), OL/DL Tyler Ferguson (6-0, 250, sr.), FB/DL Reid Masters (6-0, 190, sr.), DB Colt Tanner (5-7, 165, sr.), WR/DB Devlin McDaniel (5-11, 190, jr.), FB/LB Holden Rosebrough (6-0, 230, jr.), RB/DB Zach Galindo (5-10, 195, sr.), WR/DB Jake McCurdy (5-11, 185, sr.), WR/LB Mikey Carroll (5-9, 165, sr.)
* Outlook – After 17 straight playoff berths, the Spartans have been left out of the postseason two seasons in a row. A new streak should start this season. Second-year head coach Aaron Cook returns 10 starters on each side of the ball and has 18 seniors. Montgomery is a D-I prospect.
Opener: @ St. Henry
8. Patrick Henry (10-2, D-V R18 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – WR/DB Kyle Bergstedt (5-9, 165, sr.), RB/LB Lucas Rosebrook (5-10, 185, sr.), DL Jake Carrizales (6-2, 230, jr.), WR/DB Alex Wilhelm (5-10, 180, sr.), OL Colt Pettit (6-4, 235, so.), RB/DB Tobey Hernandez (5-9, 170, so.)
* Outlook – The Patriots have been in the playoffs nine straight seasons and should make it 10. Carrizales (124 tackles, nine sacks last two years) is one of Ohio’s top juniors and Hernandez (52 tackles; four TDs) and Pettit are 2014 gems.
Rosebrook is a 1,000-yard rusher and Bergstedt and Wilhelm form one of the state’s top 1-2 receiving punches.
Opener: vs Pemberville Eastwood
9. Cuyahoga Heights (10-2, D-V R20 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – RB/DB Logan Matt (6-3, 180, sr.), RB/DB Jordan D’Orazio (5-11, 185, sr.), QB/DB Alex Zander (6-1, 155, sr.), TE/LB Jason Kleppel (6-1, 165, sr.), LB/OL Dan Mitocky (5-7, 165, sr.), DB/WR DJ Kleppel (5-10, 155, sr.)
* Outlook – The Redskins have been in the playoffs 13 of the last 14 years and are a legit threat again. This season D’Orazio (372 yards rushing, five TDs; nine receptions, 140 yards, TD) and Matt (28 receptions, 442 yards, seven TDs) will log plenty of touches. Zander (56-of-95 passing for 984 yards and 13 TDs; 58 carries, 388 yards, six TDs) returns to run the offense. Defensively, D’Orazio (65 tackles) and Matt (60 tackles, five INTs) impact play as well. Jason Kleppel (71 tackles), Mitocky (41 tackles) and DJ Kleppel (34 tackles) are seasoned defenders.
10. Wynford (10-1, D-VI R21 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – OL/DE Paul Hartschuh (6-1, 200, sr.), QB/DB Zach Chatlain (6-3, 210, sr.,), RB/LB Luke Miller (5-10, 195, sr.), WR/LB Seth Rall (6-3, 210, sr.), TE/DE Jerad Butler (6-5, 200, sr.), OL/DE John Miller (6-4, 215, sr.), WR/DB Nate Brown (5-10, 170, sr.), OL TJ Frazier (5-8, 215, sr.), TE/DE Taran Stuckman (6-2, 170, sr.), P Wes Dennison (5-10, 170, sr.), DL David Byrne (5-10, 290, jr.), RB/DB Adam Hartz (5-9, 170, jr.), LB Garrett Shutler (5-9, 170, jr.)
* Outlook – The Royals, led by head coach Travis Moyer (105-27 in 12 years), own the state’s longest current regular season winning streak (48 games) and have been to the postseason six straight seasons. Both streaks should continue. Chatlain is one of the state’s top small school two-way players having accounted for over 2,500 total yards and 35 TDs last season in addition to registering 77 tackles and four INTs. Rall is a two-way talent in his own right (385 receiving yards, four TDs, 55 tackles). Defense will be a key for Wynford, which welcomes back Luke Miller (62 tackles), Butler (53 tackles, eight sacks), John Miller (56 tackles), Brown (33 tackles), Byrne (38 tackles), Hartz (30 tackles) and Shutler (73 tackles).
Opener: @ Caledonia River Valley
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Players to Watch – QB Austin Barbato (6-0, 180, sr.); LB Brandon Hacker (5-10, 190, jr.); LB Chris Hackstedd (5-9, 165, sr.); OL/DL Hayden Sneltzer (5-10, 210, jr.); OL Lee Dunlap (6-2, 245, sr.); WR/DB Britton Steininia (5-6, 140, jr.)
* Outlook – Head coach Bob Spaite (126-94-4 in 17 years) and the Clippers have a special player in Barbato who is on pace to become the schools all-time leading rusher this season. He gained 998 yards as a sophomore and 1,178 last year, leaving him just 846 yards shy. Columbiana plays three “trophy” games against rivals Leetonia, Columbiana Crestview and East Palestine.
Opener: @ Woodsfield Monroe Central
Woodsfield Monroe Central (8-3, D-V R19 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Tyler Kitchen (6-0, 210, sr.), RB Kole Hogue (5-11, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Seminoles will rally around Tyler Kinchen (6-0, 210) who earned All-District Offensive Player of the Year honors last year after passing and rushing for more than 1,000 yards. He threw for more than 1,200 yards and 16 TDs and rushed for almost 1,100 yards and 10 more scores. Hogue is a perfect compliment.
Columbia Station Columbia (9-2, D-V R18 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB John Banyasz (6-2, 190, sr.), RB Zach Bican (6-0, 185, sr.), RB Brandon Heidinger (5-10, 215, sr.), WR Shane Lambert (5-8, 165, sr.)
* Outlook – Coming off the most successful season in Columbia history, head coach Jason Ward (24-26 in five years) warns people not to sleep on the Raiders. Despite losing 15 seniors, Columbia returns a ton of skill position talent including Banyasz and Heidinger who have started since they were freshman. Banyasz, who already owns school career records for yardage and TDs, threw for 1,478 yards and 23 TDs last season. He also ran for six more TDs. Heidinger (141 carries, 716 yards, seven TDs) and Bican (74 carries, 686 yards, eight TDs) are an above-average duo. Lambert (21 receptions, 387 yards, five TDs) leads the receiving corps.
Opener: @ Cleveland Central Catholic
Columbus Grove (7-3)
Players to Watch – QB Jordan Travis (6-2, 185, sr.); RB Wade Heffner (6-3, 185, sr.); OL/LB Gavin Windau (6-0, 195, sr.); RB Zac Barrientes (5-6, 150, sr.); FB/LB Trent Kerns (n/a, sr.); OL/DL Blake Neu (6-5, 285, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs will be led by Travis, a four-year starter who threw for 1,942 yards, 24 TDs and just six INTs last year. Heffner is back after rushing for 577 yards and six TDs and catching 19 passes for 242 yards. Barrients (five TDs) and Kerns (345 yards rushing, two TDs) will get touches too. A small concern is experience on the OL where just one starter returns. Windau (51 tackles, eight TFL) leads the defense, which returns six starters. Head coach Scott Palte is 39-24 in six years.
Opener: @ Pandora-Gilboa
Tinora (10-1, D-V R18 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – RB/DB Kipp McCann (n/a, jr.), OL Marc Moser (n/a, sr.), OL Austin Little (n/a, sr.), RB Marshall Gerschultz (n/a, sr.), DB Austin Farrington (n/a, sr.), OL Brandon Rittenhouse (jr.), DE Tyler McKenney (n/a, sr.)
* Outlook – Last year the Rams defense recorded eight shutouts and allowed just 25 points in the regular season. Tinora then dropped a close 21-20 decision to Lima Central Catholic in the first round of the playoffs. Expectations remain. Expect McCann to have a huge year.
Opener: vs Liberty Center
Haviland Wayne Trace (5-5)
* Outlook – The Raiders and head coach Bill Speller (43-49 in nine years) could turn a corner this year. WT returns a standout pair of RBs in seniors Dylan Horner (5-11, 175) and Kim Brickford (6-0, 180). Horner, who ran for 1,009 yards last season needs 720 to become the school’s all-time leader. Brickford rushed for 830 yards and 13 TDs last season. The Offensive line – Reuben Stoller (6-1, 250), Devin Stahl (5-11″, 260), Gary Klopfenstein (5-8″, 180), Pete Sinn (6-2, 290) and Ryan Kortokrax (6-5, 280) – will be a strength. Senior LB Austin Spiece (6-1, 190) leads the defense (90 tackles last year).
Opener: @ Paulding
Covington (11-1, D-VI R24 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – QB Isaiah Winston (5-11, 170, sr.), RB A.J. Ouellette (5-10, 165, so.), DB/RB Kyler Deeter (6-0, 160, jr.), LB Dylan Owens (6-1, 190, jr.), DB/WR Sam Earick (5-11, 150, sr.), OL Steven Blei (5-11, 200, sr.), DL/OL Darren Clark (6-1, 220, sr.), LB/WR Gabe Mohler (6-5, 190, jr.), LB/FB Bobby Alexander (6-1, 195, so.), OL Sam Christian (6-0, 265, sr.), OL Brandon Powell (5-9, 250, sr.), DL/OL Brian Olson (6-0, 195, sr.)
* Outlook – After a successful run in D-VI (been to the playoffs 12 of the last 13 years), the Buccs bump up a division. A small senior class (six) heavy on experience will try to “help motivate a talented group of juniors and sophomores” according to head coach Dave Miller (39-9 in four years). Winston return at QB after rushing for 763 yards and 14 TDs. He also threw for six scores. Ouellette is a dual threat out of the backfield (339 yards rushing and four TDs, 172 yards receiving and two TDs). Owens was the team’s leading tackler last year (121 tackles) and tied two others, including Earick, for the team lead in interceptions (three). Clark (79.5 tackles, six TFL), Mohler (44.5 tackles, 12 TFL and six sacks) and Alexander (39 tackles, 7.5 TFL and 3.5 sacks) anchor a stout defense.
Opener: @ New Bremen
Wheelersburg (9-3, D-V R 19 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – QB/DB Alex Shears (6-1, 180, sr.)
* Outlook – The Pirates have made the postseason 23 times and four straight. Wheelersburg will again be dangerous with Shears at the control. Shears will be a four-year letterman who threw for 1,072 yards and 13 TDs and ran for 523 yards and seven TDs last year. He also made 42 tackles on defense and had two INTs.
Opener: @ Ironton
Players to Watch – WR/DE Mitchell Campbell (6″4″, 196, sr.), WR/DB Aaron McNeilan (5-10″, 180, sr.), WR/CB Ethan Bruns (6-0, 155, sr.), LB Jordan Luthman (5-10″, 185, sr.), OL/DE Jacob Heitkamp (6-2, 205, jr.), LB Mike Rutschilling (6-0, 165, jr.), DL Luke Schlater (6-0, 205, sr.), OL Lee Kindell (5-11″, 205, sr.)
* Outlook – The Tigers enter Year 4 under head coach Bob Olwin and his spread offense intent on making a push for the MAC title. Versailles has gone 2-8, 6-4 and 6-4 under Olwin who had a stellar career at Sherwood Fairview. Campbell already owns the Versailles career records for receptions and receiving TDs, while McNeilan and Bruns were the team’s second and third leading receivers last year, respectively. The QB competition comes down to quick release junior Kyle Niekamp (6-2, 175) and sophomore Nick Campbell (6-0, 165). Campbell led the freshman team to a 9-1 season last year and is “as tough as nails” according to Olwin.
Opener: vs Celina
West Jefferson (12-1, D-V R 20 Finalist)
Players to Watch – DL/TE Chaney Fulton, West Jefferson (6-1, 205, sr.), RB/LB Tommy Blair (5-11, 200, sr.), WR/DB Ryan Love (6-2, 180, jr.), QB/DB Cody Williams (5-11, 170, sr.), OL/DL Cory Ginn (6-2, 210, jr.)
* Outlook – The Roughriders have been in the playoffs five years in a row and should be again. Fulton (65 tackles, 17.5 TFL, 11 sacks) and Ginn (62 tackles, 12.5 TFL) anchor the defensive line, while Blair (89 tackles) and Williams (four INTs) lead the linebacking corps and secondary. On offense, Fulton (16 receptions, 373 yards, four TDs) and Love (10 receptions, 226 yards, three TDs) will be targets for Williams (15 receptions, 257 yards, two TDs) who’ll make the transition to QB.
Opener: @ Mechanicsburg