2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division II Preseason Power Poll

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Ohio National Guard JJHuddle HS Football Power Poll

The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division II preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard has
become the presenting sponsor
of the rankings. Now…who is No. 1?


The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division II preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard has
become the presenting sponsor
of the rankings.

We will
release the remaining Ohio National Guard & JJHuddle Power Polls
daily this week. The schedule will be: D-III
(Wednesday), D-IV (Thursday), D-V (Friday) and D-VI (Friday).

New polls will be unveiled on site every week during the season.

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DIVISION II PRESEASON RANKINGS

1. Trotwood-Madison (15-0, State Champions)
The Rams went undefeated last year en route to the school’s first state title. They could do the same for an encore. Trotwood is loaded and could make a case for the state’s most talented roster. Head coach Maurice Douglass (67-43 career record) has six JJHuddle Top 100 prospects at his disposal in DB Cam Burrows (6-2, 192/Ohio State commit), LB Michael McCray (6-3, 230/Michigan commit), DE Tre Williams-Brown (6-3, 220/Arizona and MAC offers), DE Jarrod Clements (6-3, 255/Illinois commit), OL Cody Collins (6-3, 270/Marshall commit) and DB Reon Dawson (6-2, 175/Illinois commit). Guess who else is back? Yep…senior RB Isreal Green. Last year Green ran for 2,085 yards and 27 TDs. In the Rams 42-28 win over Avon in the D-II final., Green set state finals records for rushing yards (327) and TDs (six). He has offers from Western Michigan and Youngstown State. Senior DB James Winchester (5-7, 153) was the team’s third leading tackler last year. Want depth? Four Trotwood juniors already own D-I offers. Junior RB Ashton Jackson (5-11, 180/1,100 yards and 18 TDs last year) holds offers from Illinois and Toledo. Junior LB Verondtae Wilkinson (6-3, 235) has offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Toledo, Ohio and Buffalo. Junior OL Ryan Reese (6-2, 295) and junior WR Kendric Mallory (6-2, 175) hold Illinois offers. Trotwood is looking for its fifth straight GWOC North Division title.
Opener: vs University (Fla.)

2. Toledo Central Catholic (8-4, Region 6 Semifinalist)
The Irish have been to the playoffs nine of the last 11 years and have their sights set on something much bigger. TCC is loaded and a serious contender to win its first state title since 2005. Offensively, head coach Greg Dempsey (104-35 in 12 years) has one of the state’s best backfield’s in junior QB DeShone Kizer (6-4, 205) and senior RB Amir Edwards (5-10, 195). Kizer, who threw for 1,226 yards and 10 TDs last year, is one of Ohio’s top junior prospects. Edwards, who ran for 1,250 yards and 23 TDs last season, is also a D-I prospect and was first team All-TRAC. Up front the Irish will depend on two more D-I prospects in OL Jeff Dew (6-3, 280/first team All-TRAC) and TE Keith Towbridge (6-5, 245/Louisville commit). The wildcard is junior slot Derich Weiland (5-10, 180/first team All-TRAC) who had 860 all-purpose yards and three TDs as a sophomore. Defensively, TCC must replace eight starters, but “there is talent in the younger classes” according to Dempsey. Ohio State recruit and senior DB Jayme Thompson (6-1, 180/first team All-TRAC) will anchor the defense. Senior DL Jon Perrin (6-0, 305/first team All-TRAC) is one of Ohio’s finest as well. Said Dempsey: “There will be high expectations that we need to live up to.”
Opener: vs Holland Springfield

3. Aurora (12-2, State Semifinalist)

The stage is set for another memorable season in Aurora. The Greemen won the 2008 D-III state title and could net another in D-II this year. Their defense will be lights out. Aurora has three JJHuddle Top 100 prospects on defense in DE Patrick Doughty (6-5, 250), LB Zachary Smierciak (6-3, 220) and LB Zach Quinn (6-4, 215). Doughty has over 10 offers including Cincinnati, Indiana, Boston College and Syracuse. He had 78 tackles, 14 TFL and five sacks last year. Smierciak (Ball State and Buffalo offers) had 97 tackles, 11 TFL, three INTs and scored two defensive TDs a year ago. Quinn (North Carolina State and MAC offers) registered 120 tackles and 11 TFL as a junior. Offensively, Quinn will again carry a lot of the load. He rushed for 1,055 yards and 16 TDs and had 405 yards and eight TDs receiving last year. Other returning starters include OL/DL Geoff Moniz (6-3, 225, sr.), WR/DB Jake Czerwinski (6’3″, 175, sr.), OL/LB Jack Bruder (6’2″, 195, sr.), DB/RB Jake McVay (6’1″, 175, sr.) and DL/OL Nick Grothn (5’10”, 185, sr.). Aurora has been to the playoffs eight years in a row, which is the longest current streak in Northeast Ohio. The Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division will again be brutal. Said head coach Bill Mihalik, who could win his 100th game this year (90-38 in 11 seasons): “Winning the CVC and qualifying for the playoffs is an expectation every year. That comes with some pressure for our kids, but they thrive on that. Our defense should be strong and will have to carry us early as we try to find a QB and a few receivers to replace graduated players.”
Opener: @ Twinsburg

4. Kent Roosevelt (10-2, Region 5 Semifinalist)
Longtime head coach John Nemec (212-102 career record) and the Rough Riders graduated 26 seniors who helped the program earn three of its four postseason berths ever. This year’s senior class would like to match that feat. Senior QB Tra Chapman (6-1, 198) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and holds offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pitt, Arizona, Cincinnati and Boston College. Last year he threw for 2,835 yards and 29 TDs. He also ran for 757 yards and nine TDs. One of Chapman’s favorite targets Trei Thomas also returns. Last year Thomas (5-10, 160, sr.) caught 46 passes for 836 yards and 12 TDs. Defensively, Kent will lean on junior LB Matt Sommers (6-2, 229), junior DB Kardell Jackson (5-9, 175) and senior DL Austin Mastrione (6-1, 245). All three were All-Portage Trail Conference. Said Nemec: “Gone are a great group of seniors, however, we have young kids who have worked hard and will be ready. Our players believe in themselves and want to remain champions. A great deal of work must be done, but we are confident and look forward to the challenge.”
Opener: vs Akron Hoban

5. Tiffin Columbian (10-3, Region 6 Finalist)
The Tornados have made the playoffs nine of the last 12 years and have reached the regional final in back-to-back seasons. Don’t be shocked to see them get that far again. Head coach Brian Colatruglio (21-5 in two years at TC) welcomes back eight starters on offense, including the team’s two leading rushers. Senior RB/LB Jack Jacoby (6-1, 210) returns as the workhorse after rushing for 1,591 yards and 25 TDs and making 96 tackles a year ago. Also back on offense are junior RB Ryan Lynch (5-11, 185/569 yards rushing, 10 TDs) and senior WR Jordan Dye (5-11, 190/32 rec., 490 yards receiving, four TDs). On the OL three starters return including Alec Lucius (5-11, 230, sr.) and Isiah Moore (6-3, 273, jr.). The strength of the defense will be up front where six starters are back. The concern is replacing the entire secondary. Said Colatruglio: “We have led or been tied two straight years going into the fourth quarter of the regional championship game to a team that won it all and the other ended up runner-up. We know that we are close and hope to get over the hump.”
Opener: @ Clyde

6. Marion-Franklin (13-1, State Semifinalist)
The Red Devils have been one of Ohio’s top D-II teams the last three years and will be again. Senior QB Corry Benson (5-11, 180) is one of Ohio’s most electric players and leads an offense that averaged 39.3 points per game last year. Benson, who has accounted for 77 TDs that last two years, threw for 2,727 yards and 32 TDs and ran for 785 yards and 16 TDs as a junior. He also scored 12 2-point conversions. Benson has weapons in senior WRs Joe Alverson (5-7, 155) and Jaron Dukes (6-5, 197). Alverson caught 46 passes for 926 yards and 15 TDs last year. He also threw for a TD and ran for four more. Dukes (36 rec., 663 yards, seven TDs) has committed to Michigan and doubles as the team’s placekicker. The lines will be anchored by D-I prospect Damon Dillard (6-4, 335).  
Opener: @ Brookhaven

7. Tallmadge (9-3, Region 5 Semifinalist)
The Blue Devils dropped their first two games last year before winning nine straight and making the program’s seventh playoff appearance in eight years. Expectations are high again. Senior QB Anthony Gotto (6-1, 185) returns after throwing for 2,397 yards and 16 TDs last year. He also ran for over 400 yards and four more TDs. Gotto has led Tallmadge to two straight Suburban League titles. As a sophomore he threw for 1,778 yards and 12 TDs. In addition to Gotto, Tallmadge returns five more All-Suburban League performers, including a trio of first team LBs in Logan Banks (5-10, 200, sr.),  Zach Skraba (5-8, 180, sr.) and Jacob Wood (6-4, 190, sr.). Also back are second team all-league DBs Bryon Cook (6-0, 165, sr.) and Cordt Skraba (5-9, 180, sr.).
Opener: @ Ravenna 

8. Tri-Valley (11-2, Region 7 Finalist)
Senior QB Nathan Strock (6-4, 195) is one of Ohio’s best QB prospects and has committed to Kent State. Last year he threw for 2,600 yards and 27 TDs and ran for 800 yards and 12 TDs. Head coach Justin Buttermore (63-27 in eight years) also welcomes back senior RB/LB Austin Jones (5-9, 195), who ran for 1,900 yards last year and 1,100 as a sophomore. Seniors OL/DL Daniel Sensabaugh (6-0, 240), OL/DL Tyler Edwards (6-4, 260) and WR/LB Logan Wisecarver (6-1, 200) and WR/DB/KR Devin Morgan (5-7, 150) were All-MVL last year. Said Buttermore: “We return a good portion of our skilled players from 2011 but we must fill the void of losing three lineman on both sides of the ball. Our goals are to contend for league title and the playoffs once again this year. We have the potential to have a great season in 2012, but we must develop our lines on both sides and develop team chemistry.”
Opener: @ Licking Valley

9. New Philadelphia (7-4, Region 5 Quarterfinalist)
The Quakers made the playoffs for the fifth time in school history last year but are still looking for the program’s first postseason win. That could come this year. New Philly has quite a bit back. Junior RB Jamal Johnson (5-6, 165) continues to put together an impressive career. After rushing for 1,101 yards and 10 TDs as a freshman, Johnson ran for 1,777 yards and 14 TDs last year. In addition to Johnson, junior QB Caleb Beans (6-3, 175) is also back after throwing for 1,038 yards and 11 TDs. Senior WR Hunter Joseph (6-0, 175) led the team in receptions (32), receiving yards (437) and receiving TDs (five last year). Defensively, senior LB Dakota Hill (5-10, 200) returns after making 169 tackles last year. Also back are seniors DB Jesse Kendel (5-9, 150), LB Justin Ward (5-10, 200) and LB Andy Perkins. Last season Ward had 138 tackles, while Perkins and Kendel had 80 and 36, respectively. 
Opener: vs Chandler Park Adcademy (Mich.)

10. Fremont Ross (5-5)
The Little Giants dropped down to D-II last year and finished a disappointing season by dropping four of their last five games, including their final three. Things don’t get any easier this year. In addition to its brutal Three Rivers Athletic Conference schedule, Fremont faces Sandusky, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Pickerington North in non-conference games. Cushioning the blow is the return of first team All-TRAC DBs and seniors Dylan (6-1, 165) and Drew Starks (6-0, 150). Senior QB Tyler Wolf (6-1, 175) and junior RB Jabree Lather return on offense after being named second team All-TRAC last year. Wolf threw for 2,434 yards and 18 TDs and rushed for 525 yards last year. Lather rushed for 1,082 yards and 10 TDs.
Opener: @ Toledo Start

More To Watch (Alphabetical Order)

Akron Firestone (5-5)
Senior WR Kevin Gladney (6-2, 175) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Iowa and Vanderbilt. Senior ATH Jerome Lane (6-4, 200) is a special talent.
Opener: @ GlenOak

Avon (13-2, State Runner-Up)
The Eagles made their first state final last year and led Trotwood-Madison 7-0 before falling 42-28. Graduation wasn’t nice to Avon. Gone from that team are several key elements including record-setting pass-and-catch combo Justin O’Rourke and Matt Eckhardt. The good news is the Eagles return a Big Ten recruit in senior DB/RB Ross Douglass (5-10, 180) who is headed to Michigan. Also back is senior WR/DB Ralph Smith (5-9, 170) who has offers from Akron, Ball State, Navy and Air Force. 
Opener: @ Avon Lake

Columbus Mifflin (8-2)
The Punchers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002, but that drought may end this season. Head coach Gregg Miller (13-7 in two years; 144-64 career record) welcomes back 18 starters and after beating Brookhaven in Year 1 and Northland last year, the coach said, “Now it’s time to win the league and make the playoffs.” Offensively Mifflin should be explosive. Senior RB Derrick Pope (5-6, 145) ran for 1,369 yards and 24 TDs last year, while senior QB Javonte Bing (6-1, 185) threw for 1,271 yards and seven TDs. Also back is senior WR Kamaron Green (5-9, 170) who caught 36 passes for 692 yards. Defensively, senior LB Jalen Robinson (6-3, 230) is a beast.
Opener: @ Columbus Independence

Franklin (9-2, Region 7 Quarterfinalist)
The Wildcats are coming off a historic campaign in which they won a share of their first league title since 1995 and made the postseason for just the second time since 1993. That coupled with the boys basketball team’s undefeated season has expectations high in Warren County. Senior RB Chris Hymer (5-11, 185) returns after running for 975 yards and 14 TDs last season. Defensively the Wildcats have a pair of solid LBS in seniors Nate Woods (5-10, 170) and Kelly Leforce (6-0, 210). Look for standout basketball prospect Luke Kennard (6-5, 180/Ohio State hoops offer) to take over at QB.
Opener: vs Carlisle

Hamilton Ross (8-3, Region 8 Quarterfinalist)
The Rams had a successful season last year before being bounced by eventual state champion Trotwood-Madison in the regional quarterfinals. For an encore Ross will try to win back-to-back league titles (won the FAVC Scarlet Division last year and this year will try to claim the Southwestern Ohio Conference title in the affiliation’s debut season) and become the first team in program history to earn back-to-back playoff berths. The Rams have been to the playoffs six times overall and twice in the last three years. Head coach Brian Butts (35-27 in six years) has the program on the upswing and this could be a huge season. Said Butts: “We feel very good about the team we have coming back for 2012.” The goal – which is to win the school’s first playoff game – is attainable. Nearly the entire unit returns fro last year’s FAVC-leading defense, including two-way senior standout TE/DL Frank Heimkreiter (6-4, 230). Last season Heimkreiter had 60 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Additional defensive hammers are LB Gus Madden (6-4, 215, sr./57 tackles, 10 sacks), DB Brandon Fernandez (6-1, 170, sr./81 tackles, four INTs), LB Drew Chase (5-9, 180, jr./72 tackles), LB Quinton Couch (6-2, 190, sr./59 tackles), DB Joseph Jones (5-10, 155, sr./79 tackles) and LB Luke Hannon (6-2, 215, jr./32 tackles). Offensively, Ross will have a huge OL with TEs Heimkreiter and Madsen, RT Gavin Peacock (6-6, 285, jr.), RG Tyler Bridwell (6’4, 220, sr.), C Heath Coppenger (6-0, 250), LG Alex Scalia (6-3, 270, sr.) and LT Simon Stepaniak (6-4, 260, so.) or Curtis New (6-4, 260, so.). A tough non-conference game with Zanesville looms in Week 3.
Opener: vs Goshen

Howland (9-1, Region 5 Quarterfinalist)
The Tigers meal ticket this year is senior RB Deveon Smith (5-11, 195) who has committed to Michigan. One of the state’s Top 10 overall prospects, Smith ran for over 1,900 yards and 22 TDs last year. As a sophomore he rushed for 928 yards and 12 TDs.
Opener: @ Ashtabula Lakeside

Kenston (6-4)
Longtime Mentor assistant Jeff Grubich starts his first stint as a head coach and inherits some solid talent. Kenston has two JJHuddle Top 100 prospects in OL Sam Coverdale (6-7, 275, sr.) and WR Darryl Richards (6-3, 175, sr.).
Opener: @ Hudson

Kings (12-1, Region 8 Finalist)
The Knights have been to the playoffs nine times in 13 years and should log the program’s 10th postseason berth this season. Kings has to replace 11 All-FAVC performers (including QB Jensen Gebhardt and RB Jamire Westbrook), but the good news is they still return eight players that earned all-conference honors. Key seniors include DL Brady Vanover (6-1, 230), OL Kennedy Cook (6-0, 255), K Evan Berg (6-1, 195) and ATH Justin Crull (6-0, 185). Vanover had 16 sacks last season.
Opener: vs Lebanon 

Maple Heights (8-2, Region 6 Quarterfinalist)
The Mustangs have been in the playoffs three years in a row and were state champions in 2010. They were state runner-up in 2009. If MH makes it to the playoffs again, it’ll do so under a new head coach. Todd Filtz, who went 41-10 in four years at MH, left the program in March to become the head coach at Canton McKinley.
Opener: vs Cleveland John Adams

New Albany (9-3, Region 7 Semifinalist)
Head coach Mark Mueller (58-21 in eight years) returns one of the state’s top players in JJHuddle Top 100 prospect Darron Lee (6-3, 205). Lee has committed to Ohio State. Senior punter Carson Tunney (6-1, 180) and senior DL Cameron Horch (6-1, 280) are players of note.
Opener: @ Reynoldsburg

Norwalk (7-3)
The Truckers won their first six games last year to secure their first winning season since 1977. This year they’ll try to earn their first playoff berth (and just second overall) since winning the state title in 1974.  The offense will be led by senior QB Jake Fetherolf (6-5, 205) who threw for 1,300 yards and 15 TDs. Fetherolf is a three-year starter who threw for 1,277 yards and nine TDs as a sophomore. Senior LB Jerry Braden (6-1, 215) returns to lead the defense. Braden is a two-time All-Northern Ohio League selection who had 126 tackles, 19 TFL and seven forced fumbles as a junior.  As a sophomore Braden had 150 tackles, 19 TFL and four forced fumbles.
Opener: vs Milan Edison

Tippecanoe (9-2, Region 8 Quarterfinalist)
The Red Devils made the D-II postseason after bumping up from D-III but were dispatched in the first round by Turpin. Tipp should be a playoff team again and will be led by a very talented junior class headlined by workhorse RB Jacob Hall. Hall (6-2, 205) was the Central Buckeye Conference’s leading rusher last year when he went for 1,439 yards and 15 TDs. Also back is Tipp’s second leading rusher – junior Cameron Johnson (6-0, 180/725 yards, seven TDs). Junior QB Ben Hughes (5-10, 160) returns under center after throwing for 958 yards and 13 TDs. Also back is All-CBC junior DB Jarrett Wasson (95 tackles).
Opener: @ Graham

Turpin (8-3, Region 8 Semifinalist)
The Spartans have been to the postseason six times in a row and if they make it seven, senior QB Connor Jansen (6-0, 175) will play a large part. Last year Jansen earned first team All-FAVC honors when he threw for 1,578 yards and 18 TDs and ran for 772 yards and 14 TDs. Other returning all-conference players are DB Clay Johnson (sr.), RB Ryan Millikin (sr.), OL Max Rutenschroer (sr.), DL Michael Adkerson (sr.), LB Matt Stocker (sr.) and TE J.R. Stoll (sr.). Milliken ran for 845 yards and five TDs last year.
Opener: @ Withrow

Wapakoneta (10-2, Region 8 Semifinalist)
The Redskins have been tabbed by many to be the best team in the WBL. We’ll see. Head coach Doug Frye’s first two years (17-5) have been the best by any head coach in his first two years at the school and this year’s team returns plenty of talent. Key contributors will be: Kyle Gibson (QB, 6-2, 190, sr./800 yards passing, 350 yards rushing), Brandon Miller (LB, 6-2,190, sr.), Johnny Crawford (SE/DB, 6-3, 190, sr.), Jensen Merricle (R, 5-11, 190, sr.), Josh Windle (RB, 5-9, 170, sr.), Nate Bracy (DL, 6-0, 230, sr.), Mason Sidey (OL, 6-0, 235, jr.), Alex Greve (RB/LB, 6-0, 180, sr.) and Zach Schmerge (LB, 6-2, 210, jr.). In addition to Wapak, others in the WBL race will be Elida, Kenton and O-G. Said Frye: “The battle for the Western Buckeye League championship will again be a tough battle. Our goal is to continue to grow as a football program.”
Opener: @ Bellefontaine

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