2012 JJHuddle Previews: Hamilton Ross

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Hamilton Ross Football

Key Returners, News of Note, Schedule Thoughts, Coaches Quotes and more…


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2012 JJHuddle HS Football Previews

Hamilton Ross (8-3, Region 8 Quarterfinalist)

High School Name: Ross
High School City: Hamilton
Coach’s Name: Brian Butts
Years at School (Career record): 6 (35-27)
Last Season’s Record (Conference/Finish): 8-3 (4-1) 1st
Last Winning Season (If not last season): 2011
Division/Region (I-VI, 1-24): II-8

Key Returners/Players:

*Frank Heimkreiter: Sr. DT/TE 6′ 3.5″ 230lbs 60 tackles, 4 Tackles for a loss, 7.5 QB sacks, 7 receptions for 92 yards, No offers yet, a lot of attentions by DI schools.

*Gus Madden: Sr. OLB/TE 6′ 4″ 215lbs 57 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 10 QB Sacks, 13 receptions for 131 yards. No offers yet, a lot of attentions by DI schools.

*Brandon Fernandez: Sr. FS/WR 6′ 1″ 170lbs 81 tackles 4 Interceptions 1 for a TD.

*Drew Chase: Jr OLB 5′ 9″ 180 72 Tackles, 7 Tackles for a loss, 5.5 QB Sacks.

*Quinton Couch: Sr LB 6′ 2″ 190 59 Tackles, 3.5 QB Sacks

*Joseph Jones: Sr SS 5′ 10″ 155 79 Tackles

*Luke Hannon: Jr LB 6′ 2″ 215 32 Tackles

*Tyler Bridwell: Sr OG 6′ 3.5″ 225

*Alex Scalia: SR OG 6′ 3″ 270

*Gavin Peacock: JR OT 6′ 6″ 285 – attracting a lot of DI attention

*Andrew Dunn: 5′ 9″ 175 RB

Potential college prospects?

Frank Heimkreiter – SR 6’3.5″ 230lbs TE/DT
Gus Madden – SR 6’4″ 215lbs TE/OLB
Gavin Peacock – JR 6’6″ 285 OT
Simon Stepaniak – SO. 6’3.5″ 260 OG/OT
Curtis New – SO. 6’3.5″ 250 OG/OT

Noteworthy News: Ross is in a new confernece in 2012. The defending FAVC SCarlett Division champs will now compete in the new Southwestern Ohio Conference (whose members are all D-II Region 8 Schools: Ross, Edgewood, Talawanda, Wilmington, Little Miami, Harrison, Northwest, Mt Healthy.)

Schedule: Said Butts: “I really like the new conference. It is full of rivalries and being an all D-II confernce should help multiple teams get in the playoffs in Region 8.” The Rams non-conference schedule is Goshen, Monroe and Zanesville. They also scrimmage D-I Loveland, D-II regional finalist Kings and D-I Glen Este. The middle of the schdule is very strong with Zanesville (6-4), Northwest (7-3/tied for FAVC title in 2011), Edgewood (biggest rival), Mt Healthy (8-2/tied for FAVC Title), Wilmington (7-3) and Harrison (7-3/DII playoffs and FAVC Buckeye Champion).

Coach’s Quotes: “We feel very good about the team we have comming back for 2012. We are trying to make it back-to-back league titles and be the first team in school history to go the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. We have built a strong fondation the last three years going to the playoffs and winning the FAVC Scarlet in 2009, finishing 7-3 in 2010 and 8-2 Scarlet Division Champs and Region 8 playoffs in 2011. Our goal is to win the first ever playoff game at Ross. We’ve been to the playoffs 6 times in school history.”

“We return most of our defense which is led by seniors Frank Heimkreiter, Gus Madden, Joseph Jones, Brandon Fernandez and Quinton Couch and juniors Drew Chase and Luke Hannon. Last year we led the FAVC in defense.

“On Offense we will be very big up front with two tight ends at 6’3.5 and 6′ 4 (Heimkreiter and Madden). At right tackle we have Peacock (6’6″ 285). The rest of the line is RG Tyler Bridwell (6’3.5 220), C Heath Coppenger (6’0″ 250) and LG Alex Scalia (6’3 270). At LT two sophomores are competing in Simon Stepaniak and Curtis New (6’3.5 250-260).”

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