Ohio HS Insider: Expectations, Rivalries, Home Cooking and Opening Weekend


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

What’s on the wall this week? How about…Opening with a bang…Big switch…Welcome Home…Tressel Tribute backlash…The opening weekend of Ohio High School Football is here and so is the Ohio HS Insider. We know you want to hear the good stuff. And that’s what this
is…high school-wise.

Today we continue the Ohio HS
. So what exactly is it? It’s our home for material we’ve
collected and can’t house anywhere else. Call it a message board with
. We know you want to hear the good stuff. And that’s what this
is…high school-wise.

has a few rules. In order to offer this material to you we have to:
Not attribute it to any particular source (but they are ones we trust)
Not attribute it to any particular reporter
3) Disclaim that we
don’t know if any of it is true (plenty of it is)

Simple enough
and No, we’re not just starting rumors. We’re reporting to you what you
want to know and protecting those who have told us at the same time.

Ohio HS Insider will run every Wednesday. Should we receive
news, however, that we don’t think can wait, we reserve the right to
unleash special Ohio HS Insider’s as needed.

That being said, we think this info is interesting and fairly entertaining.
Hope you do too. Enjoy…

JJHuddle’s Ohio HS

Tonight the Ohio High School Football season kicks off when Wyoming and Walnut Hills meet at 7 p.m. at Colerain High as part of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.

Kickoff has arrived…finally.

Some things to consider this weekend:

*Opening with a Bang…Expect the season opener between 2010 D-II state runner-up Trotwood-Madison and Dayton Thurgood Marshall to include plenty of pad-cracking. According to members of the Trotwood camp, the Rams are more than “amped” for this meeting and for several reasons. Apparently Marshall players have been talking a lot of trash during the offseason. That’s to be expected. What wasn’t was Marshall’s rumored failure to let Trotwood out of this game for a potential match-up with East St. Louis, which may have been televised nationally (on ESPN). As is, Trotwood hosts Marshall on Friday.

*Big Switch…One respected recruiting pundit said a couple months ago that then-Springfield Catholic sophomore Corey Timmons may be the second best running back prospect in the state in the Class of 2013. Now a junior, we’ll see what Timmons is made of. The 6-2, 194 pound talent has left Springfield Catholic, a D-VI school, and enrolled at Springfield, a D-I school. Apparently the Timmons camp did not like how Corey was being used in the SCC offense. This year Timmons will run against defenses from St. Xavier, Upper Arlington, Centerville, Wayne, Northmont and Trotwood instead of Greeneview, Cedarville, Triad and South Charleston Southeastern. Talk about a step up.

*Welcome Home…One of the advantages of playing in a well-known facility that hosts playoff games is that it’s easier to fill your schedule. Just ask Dayton Belmont. The Bison play all their home games at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium and will in fact play ALL their games there this year. Yep, all 10. Belmont hosts Patrick Henry, Cincinnati Hughes, Jamestown Greeneview, Dayton Northridge, Cincinnati Riverview East, Dayton Ponitz and Dayton Jefferson Twp. The Bison’s three “away” games are against fellow Dayton City League teams Dayton Dunbar, Dayton Meadowdale and Dayton Thurgood Marshall. Overall, the five Dayton City League teams (Belmont, Dunbar, Meadowdale, Ponitz and Marshall) will play 37 of their combined 50 games at Welcome Stadium.

*R-E-S-P-E-C-T…When Jonathan Alder advertised it had an opening for Week 10 this year, the Pioneers weren’t sure who they would hear from. The call was answered quickly. Steubenville, Youngstown Mooney and Columbus Watterson all inquired about filling the opening. Alder ultimately choose Watterson because of the regional match-up it presents.

*Uphill battle…When working on putting together the Top 200, we solicit info from a wide array of critics and those-in-the-know. It’s always amazing to see what we get back from who and what they think about players. Case in point: At quarterback, there seems to be three players that have clearly separated themselves from the others. They are North Canton Hoover’s Austin Appleby, Lima Central Catholic’s Tyler O’Connor and Kenton’s Maty Mauk. The real discussion becomes exactly which is No. 1. The answer isn’t easy. Each has a different skill set and each has committed to a college that best fits their abilities (Appleby, Purdue; O’Connor, Michigan State; and Mauk, Missouri). None of the three receives more heat than Mauk. His gaudy numbers turn some off and generate belief that he’s only successful because of the system he’s in. I don’t agree. Others do. Said one respected recruiting analyst: “If Appleby or O’Connor played in the rinky dink conference (that Mauk does) and threw the ball 7,000 times they would destroy anything Mauk has done. Mauk is smaller than Appleby and O’Connor. He has a weaker arm than both of them. And Missouri?  They don’t even recruit Ohio. ” I doubt schools in the Western Buckeye League think they play in a “rinky dink” conference but that’s beside the point. Mauk has a solid resume and opportunity at Missouri. And the truth is the last time Missouri recruited an Ohio kid at quarterback they had great success (see Brad Smith, Youngstown Chaney, Buffalo Bills).

*Speaking of Missouri…The Show Me State apparently has some quality football programs – who knew? A recent coaching transplant from Ohio who landed a job at a high-profile high school around Kansas City and is on staff had these observations: “Coming from Central Ohio I would have to say that the skill/talent level is actually better out here, but the fundamentals and the lineman are nowhere close to what I am used to.”

*Tressel tribute and backlash?…Be on the lookout this weekend for coaches wearing shirts and ties on the sideline. The gesture, generated by the Ohio High School football coaches Association, is designed to honor former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. Several coaches have said they are going to participate, while others have been undecided. Here’s a sampling of the concerns/thoughts we’ve received:

“No way should Tressel be honored. He, along with TP, embarrassed OSU and the entire state.”
Ohio media member

“I am an OSU fanatic and I am glad Tressel is gone. Some coaches seem to think that what he did was a simple mistake that was in the interest of his players. However a lot of people seem to forget the hypocrisy that was displayed by Tressel. On the outside Tressel was the bible-thumping senator that wrote a moral guide to life book. Inside he was all about winning at any cost. It is becoming more clear as the days pass that Jim was a habitual rule breaker that looked the other way instead of instilling the values that he wrote about in his book and preached about at his Jesus meetings. Every football coach who has ever given a pregame speech about having heart in the 4th quarter should look at Tressel in disgust. What message do we send to the players that we ask to give us their all when the game is on the line? Have heart in the 4th quarter but its ok to compromise that integrity off the field?”
JJHuddle member

“We’re not sure yet what we’re going to do. I don’t want to draw attention to (unnamed school) as a school that won’t do this if everyone else is. (But) I feel this is a polarizing issue, and will send conflicting messages to our community. I know it is intended to show support for what Coach Tressel did for Ohio high school coaches, but some of the public will still see it as a complaint against his firing. If every other school in the area does this, we will probably follow along, but if not we will make the opening game about our boys.”
Ohio HS Football Coach

It should also be noted that several coaches who said they weren’t going to follow through with the tribute cited extreme heat and comfort as the reason. The forecast this Friday is calling for sun and temperatures in the low 80s though – a far cry from the usual sweltering humidity.

*Greyhound Bus…Looking for a sleeper in Central Ohio? Try Grove City. The Greyhounds open against Hilliard Davidson in what should be one of the state’s top opening tilts. I addition to several Central Ohio media members speaking highly of the Hounds, one current player offered up this summation; “The Dawgs are ready to hunt!  Were going to shock the state! There are several D-I players on this team and the lineman have really beefed up. This will be the best football team I’ve ever played on and I was part of the Grove City Christian team that won the region in 2009.”

*How Smart are You?…For the last two years we’ve contested the JJHuddle U Pick’em Contest. Several of you have displayed your knack for getting games right – and wrong. And you’ll have that opportunity again. This year the contest will involve 10 games a week, including high school games, the Buckeyes game, the Bengals game and the Browns game. As a tiebreaker, you’ll also be asked to enter the winner and final score of our “Bonus” game each week. Last year’s overall winner was member “defense wins”, while member “Alfred Barnes” was the only two-time weekly winner. THIS YEAR…weekly winners will receive a FREE ‘Season Pass’ from Bucknuts.com, a member of the 247sports network and the nation’s leading OSU athletics website. The Bucknuts ‘Season Pass’ will allow winners access to Bucknuts.com through the Buckeyes Bowl Game. Pick your Games Now!

*Who is No. 1?…Here’s one last look at our Preseason Muscle Milk and JJHuddle Power Polls. Next week, they’ll probably look a little different.

*Friday Night Scores…It’s back…Ohio’s ONLY real-time Friday Night Statewide Scoreboard. Become your school’s QuarterSpondent. And be sure to check back here Friday night to see who is winning. 

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