2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division III 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 III 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 III 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 remaining schedule will be: D-IV (Thursday), D-V (Friday) and D-VI (Friday).

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DIVISION III PRESEASON RANKINGS

1. Youngstown Mooney (11-3, State Champions)
The Cardinals have accomplished a ton as a program, but this year they’ll try to do something they’ve never done – win back-to-back state titles. Mooney has been to the playoffs 25 times, won 56 playoff games, won 15 regional titles, made 11 state finals and won eight state titles. They, however, have never won two in a row. That could change. Mooney returns some extensive firepower in the senior LB/RB duo of Courtney Love (6-1, 192) and Marcus McWilson (6-0, 190). Both are headed to Nebraska.  Other key returning seniors are OL Jeff Harper (6-6, 270), WR Quincy Jones (6-0, 188), LB Aaron Fonderlin (6-2, 255), RB Justus Ellis-Moore (5-6, 175/nine TDs), OL Bobby Ballone (6-3, 310), OL Joesph DeCapita (6-1, 255) and ATH Kareem Ellis (5-9, 170). Mooney plays five D-I schools, including St. Ignatius (Week 1) and St. Edward (Week 6). Tests at Mentor Lake Catholic (Week 6) and Ursuline (Week 9) loom too.
Opener: @ St. Ignatius

2. Chagrin Falls (13-1, State Semifinalist)
Over the past three years the Tigers are 40-4 and have won three straight regional titles (two in D-IV, one in D-III). They will challenge to extend that streak. CF is especially healthy on offense where it returns a triumvirate of three-year starters in the backfield. Senior QB Tommy Iammarino (6-0, 208/146-of-218 passes, 1,744 yards, 17 TDs, 7 TD rushing last year) and senior RBs Jack Campbell (5-11. 205/1,112 rush yards, 12 TDs) and Bradley Munday (5-9, 170/1,400 yards total offense) will lead an offense that averaged 32 points in 14 games last season. Junior all-purpose receiver/returner Matt Iammarino averaged 19 yards per punt return. Seniors Ben Esterer and Ben Vandertill could also be in the mix for the receiving corps. On the line of scrimmage, seniors Grant Lingafelter (6-5, 255) and Wes Bomback (6-1, 260) will be the anchors. Lingafelter has several D-I offers. Will Hinman (sr.) and Daniel Herbener (jr.) should add to that group. Graduation hit the defense hard as only four starters return: Campbell (LB), Munday (CB), Matt Markley (6-4, 230, sr., DE) and Michael Munday (5-9, 165, jr., CB).  Seniors Dan Kuenzig (LB), Tommy Murtaugh (DE) and Ed Woods (NT) look to provide depth up front.
Opener: vs Revere

3. Clyde (9-3, Region 10 Semifinalist)

The Fliers have won five straight Sandusky Bay Conference titles and have the horses to make it six in a row. Head coach Marc Gibson (104-60 career record) brings back five starters on each side of the ball and “plenty of kids who saw considerable playing time last year.” The big dogs are senior RB Brad Smith (5-9, 190) and senior LB Thomas Glick (6-1, 225). Smith ran for 2,148 yards and 26 TDs as a junior en route to winning SBC Player of the Year honors. Glick is the reigning Northwest District Defensive Player of the Year. Additional key pieces are senior LBs Bennett Brown (5-10, 245) and Chris Moore (6-1, 190). Brown is trying to be the team’s leading tackler for four straight years and Moore is a state wrestling champion. Clyde has to replace three starters on the OL and two on the DL. Tough non-conference games with Tiffin Columbian, Eastwood and Bellevue start the season. Said Gibson: “We have established a tradition over the past seven years where every team who steps on the field to represent our school realizes the responsibility they owe the past teams to keep the tradition alive.”
Opener: vs Tiffin Columbian

4. Alter (10-1, Region 12 Quarterfinalist)
The Knights have won 74 games the last six years and have won two state titles and four regional championships over that stretch. They’ll challenge to add to those tallies this season despite losing eight out of nine first team All-GCL selections. The one returner? Senior QB Malik Zaire (6-2, 207). Zaire, the reigning GCL North Player of the Year, is headed to Notre Dame. He rushed for 1,100 yards, threw for 1,058 and accounted for 22 TDs last year. Other key returners are senior WR Conner Vannatta (6-1, 175) and senior TE Greg Hart (6-4, 223/committed to Nebraska). The Knights offensive line was dealt a blow when All-GCL performer Cody Collins transferred to Trotwood-Madison. Regardless, look for junior OL Jeff Duncan (6-6, 265) to blossom and fill the void.
Opener: @ Kettering Fairmont

5. Mentor Lake Catholic (10-2, Region 9 Semifinalist)
Last year the Cougars had to replace 21 of 22 starters from a state semifinalist team and made the playoffs. This year there are holes to fill but not as many. Senior FB/LB John Stepec (6-3, 250) is back after making 80 tackles, including 28 TFL and 12 sacks. He also ran for eight TDs. Stepec has offers from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Boston College, Syrascuse and several MAC schools. Other key contributors include seniors OL Evan Grosel (6-4, 310), DL Justin Kravchuck (6-0, 200), QB Mark Baniewicz (6-2, 195), OL Casey Davis (5-10, 240) and OL Sean Wynne (6-0, 280).
Opener: vs Strongsville

6. Steubenville (11-1, Region 11 Semifinalist)
Big Red has made the postseason 11 straight years. Will they again? Should. A lot of big names are gone, but talent remains. This is Steubenville after all. Key returners are senior LB/RB Teshawn Luke (6-2, 180/62 tackles, eight sacks), senior WR/DB Matt Petrella (6-2, 190/21 rec., 330 yards, four TDs, 20 tackles), senior RB/LB Dashon Redman (5-10, 208/36 tackles, 300 yards rushing), senior WR/DB Evan Westlake (5-9, 165/247 yards receiving, two TDs), junior LB Robert Hayden (6-1, 180/52 tackles as a sophomore, 47 tackles as a freshman), ATH JaQuan Lavender (5-10, 150) and junior DL Arin Goldsmith (6-0, 215/38 tackles). As usual, Big Red plays a ton of home games (eight) and a ton of out-of-state opponents (schools from D.C., New York, West Virginia and Pennsylvania). Steubenville also plays a Canadian team and only plays four Ohio teams (Benedictine, Massillon Washington, Ursuline and Akron Buchtel). Since taking over in 1983, OHSFCA HOF coach Reno Saccoccia is 302-53 with 22 playoff appearances, 13 regional titles, six state finals and three state titles.  
Opener: vs Woodrow Wilson (D.C.)

7. Jonathan Alder (12-1, Region 12 Finalist)
The
Pioneers have made the playoffs 11 years in a row. To make it 12
they’ll dish out steady doses of Derritt Potts (5-8, 170) who rushed for
1,538 yards last year. Senior Nick Smith (5-10, 155) is Ohio’s best
kicker. Defensively, senior DL Mason Will (5-11, 190) and senior DB Brad
Miller (5-9, 170) will be key. Alder’s schedule includes two D-I
schools and four D-II schools, including Winton Woods and Zanesville.
The Pioneers also face D-III stalwarts Dayton Thurgood Marshall and
Columbus Watterson and D-IV giant Clinton-Massie.
Opener: @ Thomas Worthington 

8.  Benedictine (7-4, Region 9 Quarterfinalist)
The Bengals are set up for a solid run under second-year head coach Ben Malbasa (38-14 career record). Senior WR Marshall Howell (6-1, 180/900 all-purpose yards) and senior OL/DL Jaylen Funches (6-5, 295) are D-I prospects that hold several offers. Fellow seniors OL/DL Peter Cvijanovich (6-5, 275), QB/RB Dan Piascik (6-0, 175/1,600 yards, 11 TDs), DB/WR Jovon Dawson (6-0, 170) and LB Matt McCarthy (6-0, 210) are key components. Keep an eye on juniors LB/FB Antonio Robinson (5-11, 215) and OL/DL Nick DiGeronimo (5-10, 255) and sophomore WR/QB/LB Jerome Baker (6-2, 205). Benedictine opens with brutal back-to-back road games at Boardman and Steubenville. Overall the Bengals will play seven road games. That being said, there’s reason for excitement. Benedictine opens its first on-campus field (artificial turf) this fall and will hold freshman and JV games there. No varsity games will be played there yet.
Opener: @ Boardman

9. Dayton Thurgood Marshall (10-2, Region 12 Semifinalist)
The Cougars are 28-4 on the field the last three years and surprised Alter in the first round of the playoffs last season with their run-oriented double wing attack. Marshall scored over 50 points six times last year and averaged 40 points per game. Its only two losses were to D-II state champion Trotwood-Madison (Week 1) and D-III state runner-up Springfield Shawnee (Week 12). Expect the Cougars to challenge for back-to-back playoff berths. Senior RB Denzel Norvell (5-8, 175) returns after rushing for 1,800 yards and 30 TDs last season. Keep an eye on senior TE/DE Gerry Green (6-6, 240). The schedule isn’t easy with four of the first five games on the road (at Lima Senior, at Chillicothe, at Columbus Eastmoor and at Winton Woods). The lone road game the last half of the season is at Jonathan Alder.
Opener: @ Lima Senior

10. Springfield Shawnee (14-1, State Runner-Up)
The
Braves became just the second team from Clark County to make a state
football final last year and fell just short against Mooney. Asking them
to get back might be a stretch, but making the program’s fourth
straight playoff appearance isn’t out of the question. Shawnee has to
replace the CBC offensive (Brad Jarzab) and defensive (Lucas Sparks)
players of the year and graduated eight All-CBC players. The good new is
that senior RB Alex McCrory (6-2, 230) is back. McCrory is a two-time
first team All-CBC performer who ran for over 1,600 yards last year.
Also back is senior DB Jordan Huggins (6-0, 160/first team All-CBC),
senior DB Andrew Young (6-0, 190/All-CBC) and senior DE Grant Miller
(6-4, 190/All-CBC).
Opener: vs Springfield Catholic

More To Watch (Alphabetical Order)

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary (10-3, Region 9 Finalist)
The Irish have been in the playoffs four of the last five years but must replace a stellar senior class. Senior WR Jordan Hargrove (6-0, 175) is back after catching 51 passes for 910 yards and 13 TDs.  Senior QB Clayton Uecker (6-5, 192) will take over for standout Kevin Besser (Walsh). Also back are senior WR/DB Joe Weber (6-4, 185) and senior WR/DB Franshon Bickley (5-7, 145). Junior LB Dante Booker Jr. (6-3, 210) is one of Ohio’s top junior prospects. Head coach Dan Boarman owns a career record of 158-86.
Opener: vs Cincinnati Purcell Marian

Bellevue (7-4, region 10 Quarterfinalist)
The Redmen snapped a two-year absence from the playoffs and earned the program’s 13th postseason berth. Leading the defense this year will be senior LB Matt Dudek (6-1, 195) who made a team-high 88 tackles last year. Senior QB Jalen Santoro (6-0, 155) returns to lead an offense that had nearly 3,500 yards and scored 48 TDs last year. Santoro alone ran for 1,436 yards and 23 TDs and threw for 1,078 yards and 10 TDs as a junior. 
Opener: vs Sandusky Perkins

Bryan (8-2)
The Golden Bears have been on a solid streak, going 22-9 the last three years. This should be another good run. Three-time All-Northwest Ohio Athletic League selection and senior QB/LB Collin Bacon (6-1, 200) is back after throwing for 768 yards and nine TDs and running for 893 yards and 16 TDs. Also back are five juniors who earned All-NWOAL honors in DB Brandon Ponczak (6-1, 160), DL Jerad Carroll (6-0, 195), DB Brock Minor (6-0, 185), ATH Austin Schimmoeller (6-2, 185) and LB Jason Hug (6-1, 195).
Opener: @ Van Wert

Caledonia River Valley (7-4, Region 10 Quarterfinalist)
The Vikings earned the school’s first playoff berth since 2002 last year and are hoping to build off that momentum. Head coach Doug Green (74-65 career record) begins his third year at RV with some nice talent. Junior QB Matt Green (5-9, 160) returns after running for 765 yards and 11 TDs last season. Also back is senior RB Carson Gibson (5-9, 180) who logged 426 yards rushing and scored seven TDs. Defensively RV will be led by senior DB Hunter Mercer (6-0, 180/two INTs), senior DL Jonah Hensley (5-10, 235/42 tackles, 12 TFL), senior DE Nick McCleese (6-5, 240/30 tackles) and junior DB Dylan Kelley (36 tackles).
Opener: @ Bucyrus Wynford

Columbus DeSales (7-4, Region 10 Semifinalist)
The
Stallions string of 18 straight playoff berths is Ohio’s longest
current streak and head coach Ryan Wiggins (48-16 at DeSales) knows the
pressure that comes with maintaining that streak. Said Wiggins:
“Expectations at DeSales do not change. This tradition that we represent
was created long before any of us were around. We are expected to
continue it and everyone involved with our program understands that. We
also know it is a huge challenge, but its one we look forward to.” This
year another challenge is finding a replacement for RB Warren Ball who
is now enrolled at Ohio State. Cushioning that blow though is the return
of starting senior QB Alex Perrine (5-9,185) and senior RB JT Blubaugh
(5-9, 185). Perrine ran for 568 yards last year and threw for 1,123
yards and nine TDs. Blubaugh, committed to Ohio State for lacrosse, ran
for 780 yards and five TDs a year ago. On defense DeSales will have
several new faces. Said Wiggins: “We had quite a few seniors in the
lineup in 2011. Some of them were returners, but many were in the lineup
for the first time. It is not uncommon for seniors to wait their turn
at DeSales. We have a lot of good younger players who are waiting for
their opportunity to carry on the tradition.”  
Opener: @ Gahanna Lincoln

Columbus Eastmoor (10-3, Region 10 Finalist)
The Warriors have been to the playoffs five of the last six years and
four straight. They will be in the hunt again. Key returners include
senior DB Daivon Barrow (6-1, 190) and senior DE Devon Edwards (6-6,
235). Barrow holds an offer from Toledo and had 86 tackles last year,
including 14 TFL. Edwards has offers from Nebraska, Pitt, Cincinnati,
West Virginia, North Carolina State and Boston College. Other impact
players include senior DL Donzell Watkins (6-0, 280) and senior LB Brent
Granger 95-10, 225).
Opener: @ Columbus Northland

Dover (11-2, Region 11 Finalist)
The Tornados have been to the playoffs seven straight years and have played in four straight regional finals under head coach Dan Ifft. This season they must replace standout QB Derek Swinderman (Ashland) who threw for over 6,000 yards and 60 TDs the last two years. Weapons return in senior WR Mason Mamarella (5-11, 165), senior WR Trey Wallick (5-11, 165) and senior DL Demetrius Farmer (6-2, 255).
Opener: vs East Cleveland Shaw

Elida (10-4, State Semifinalist)
The Bulldogs won their first regional title last year and set a record for the most wins in school history. They’ll have a hard time following that up, but there is plenty of talent still around despite the loss of standout QB Reggie McAdams. The Elida defense returns nine starters and will be led by senior LB Quentin Poling (6-1, 215) who had 200 tackles, 26 TFL, eight forced fumbles and four INTs last year. Also back are DL Chance Weitz (6-2, 225, sr./72 tackles, 20 TFL, seven sacks) and DB Anthony Sumpter (6-0, 200, sr./115 tackles, nine TFL, four sacks). Offensively, senior WR Brandon Stinson (6-3, 180/66 rec., 910 yards, seven Tds) is back. Said head coach Jason Carpenter (24-32 in five years): “The strength of the team will be in the defense. The offensive key will be the play of a new quarterback.” Elida added Piqua in Week 1.
Opener: @ Piqua

Granville (9-1)
The Blue Aces were left out of the postseason last year despite rebounding from a season opening loss to Johnstown-Monroe to win nine straight. Expect them to vie for Week 11 again this season. Senior QB David Fraley is a three-year starter and one of the D-III’s best QBs. In just seven games last year he threw for 1,969 yards and 23 TDs and ran for 465 yards and three TDs. His favorite target – junior WR Ajay Alderman (5-10, 165) – also returns after leading the team in receiving the last two years. Defensively Granville has some hammers in senior LB Clayton Plute (6-1, 195/111 tackles) and senior DB Josh Link (5-8, 155). Granville has been to the playoffs four times but is still searching for its first playoff win.
Opener: @ Johnstown-Monroe

Licking Valley (8-2)
The Panthers have made the playoffs nine of the last 12 years but have only been once since 2009. This year expect another big dose of senior RB Drew McArtor (6-1, 195) who suffered a torn ACL in Week 8 last year against Columbus Academy. McArtor ran for 1,300 yards as a sophomore and had 1,500 yards last year before his season-ending injury. Also back is senior OL Jacob Cotrell (6-3, 240).
Opener: vs Tri-Valley

Hubbard (7-3)
The Eagles have been to the playoffs 10 of the last 13 years but had a string of five straight playoff berths snapped last season. This year Hubbard will challenge for a spot in Week 11 again. Senior DB Brandon Harb (5-11, 180) is back after making 96 tackles last year. Offensively, the Eagles will rely on junior WR Darnell Tate (6-0, 170) and sophomore RB Larry Scott (6-0, 205).
Opener: vs Cleveland Collinwood

Marlington (8-2)
The Dukes had a disappointing season last year despite winning eight games. After making the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, Arlington finished ninth last year and failed to qualify. That bad taste lingers. Senior RB/DB Dymonte Thomas (6-2, 180) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and is headed to Michigan. He enters his senior season with 3,317 career rushing yards and has accounted for 31 TDs the last two years.
Opener: vs Poland

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (5-5)
Head coach Byron Morgan has won 224 games over a 32-year career that includes successful stints at Mayfield and Solon (state runner-up). In his seventh season at NDCL, Morgan has some horses. Senior TE A.J. Branisel (6-4, 222) has committed to Cincinnati. Branisel caught 35 passes (six TDs) last year. Also back are senior QB Robbie Nash (6-0, 190/1,745 yards and 11 TDs), senior OL John Turk (6-1, 235/three-year starter) and senior LB Carl Blatnik (6-0, 190). Overall the Lions return seven starters on offense, six on defense and both their kicker and punter. A tough schedule looms with non-league games against Willoughby South, Chagrin Falls and University School and newcomers Canton Central Catholic and Erie Central Tech. In Week 6 North Coast League play begins. Siad Morgan: “We were in every game last season.”
Opener: vs Willoughby South

Urbana (8-3, Region Quarterfinalist)
The Hillclimbers made the playoffs for the 13th time last year. Expect them to challenge for a CBC title and playoff berth again. Senior RB Tanner Lawrence (6-1, 180) returns for his fourth year as a starter and has career totals of 2,323 yards and 26 TDs. He’ll be joined in the backfield by sophomore QB Nathan Mays (6-2, 155) who was first team All-CBC last year after throwing for 2,000 yards, 27 TDs and just four INTs. Also back are All-CBC performers Drake Frost (jr., LB, 5-11, 170/90 tackles), Sam Harris (sr., DL, 6-1, 190/40 tackles), Landon Johnson (jr., LB, 5-5, 165/48 tackles), Tyler Powell (sr., DB, 5-8, 135/54 tackles, four INTs), Aaron Sidders (sr., WR/DB, 5-9, 150/63 tackles, three TDs), Neil Shaw (jr., OL/DL, 6-1, 175) and Shane Ware (jr., RB, 5-9, 180/533 yards rushing, three TDs).
Opener: @ London

Watterson (3-7)
Denied a chance to defend its 2010 state title, the Eagles failed to make the playoffs last year for just the third time in 20 years. Head coach Dan Bjelac (76-34 in nine years) welcomes back a solid core led by senior QB/FS Andy Elberson (6-2, 200). The QB threw for 597 yards and six TDs and ran for 255 yards in five games before getting hurt. His health is key. OL/DL Andrew Lorenz (6-3, 275, sr./32 tackles), LB Matt Stafford (6-0, 207, sr./47 tackles) and CB Cody Calhoun (5-10, 190, sr./21 tackles) anchor the defense. As usual, a brutal schedule awaits. In addition to rivals DeSales and St. Charles, Watterson opens with three road games in the first four weeks and faces five teams that made the playoffs last year (including Walsh Jesuit, Columbus Hartley and Jonathan Alder).
Opener: @ Whitehouse Anthony Wayne

Wyoming (6-4)
The Cowboys have a new head coach in longtime assistant Aaron Hancock
who takes over for legend Bernie Barre (317-110 career record). Hancock
inherits a sound program and solid returning team. The Cowboys return
eight starters on offense and six on defense. Junior QB Will Marty (6-4,
185) is back after throwing for 2,054 yards and 19 TDs. Also back are
WRs Ben Kurtz (6-3, 205, sr./17 rec., 323 yards, three TDs), Dawson
Rogers (6-0, 170, sr./10 rec., 171 yards, TD) and Domonic Vamosi (5-8,
160, jr./13 rec., 209 yards, four TDs). The defense will be led by
senior LB Connor Hughes (6-1, 200/76 tackles), junior LB Casey Howell
(5-10, 175/87 tackles) and junior DB Brandford Darlington (5-8, 160/81
tackles). Said Hancock: “Offensively, we have some very fast and
talented skilled players and a solid quarterback in junior Will Marty.
Defensively we will play aggressive gap sound defense and will have
great pursuit to the ball. We have some very talented players returning
and should be a solid defense. Our goals are to win the Cincinnati Hill
League and return to the playoffs in 2012.”
Opener: vs Fenwick

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