2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division IV Preseason Power Poll


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 IV 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 IV 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-V (Friday) and D-VI (Friday).

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1. Columbus Hartley (11-1, Region 14 Finalist)
The Hawks have a real shot at winning their second state title in three years. Head coach Brad Burchfield (38-10 in four years) returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense, including senior TE/LB Jacob Matuska (6-5, 245) a Notre Dame recruit. Also back is two-stud senior RB/LB JaWuan Woodley (5-11, 225). Woodley (1,600 yards rushing; reigning state defensive player of the year) has offers from several MAC schools. Additional difference makers include junior QB Jared Brandewie (6-4, 190), senior RB Marcellus Calhoun (5-11, 185), junior ATH Alonzo Saxton (5-11, 170) and junior DL Kalil Morris (6-3, 235). New depth this year is supplied by a JV and freshman team that were undefeated last season. Hartley renews its rivalry with Watterson this year (first time since 1996) and also plays Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Said Burchfield: “This promises to be a very exciting season on the East Side of Columbus.”
Opener: vs Amanda-Clearcreek

2. Chaminade-Julienne (9-4, Region 16 Finalist)
The Eagles rebounded from an 0-2 start last season (losses to playoff teams Troy and Thurgood Marshall) to win nine of the next 10 games and land in the regional finals. CJ will contend for the Region 16 title again. Senior LB Darrien Howard (6-2, 241) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to West Virginia. Howard had 154 tackles, three INTs and two fumble recoveries last year. He also doubles as a bruising back and scored 13 TDs. Two other big names are senior LB JaMel Sanders (6-1, 190) and senior RB Brandon Payne (5-10, 215). Sanders, who has offers from Miami (Oh) and Eastern Michigan, had 70 tackles, 5.5 TFL and returned both a kickoff and interception for TDs last year. Payne ran for 1,490 yards and 13 TDs as a junior. All three (Payne, Howard and Sanders) were first team GCL North.  Other key returners are senior DL Chris Darden (5-11, 215), senior DL Kris Lampkin (6-1, 215/57 tackles, three fumble recoveries) and senior OL Zach Poelking (6-1, 245). Replacing QB Sam Spees is a concern.
Opener: @ Troy

3. St. Clairsville (10-2, Region 15 Semifinalist)
 The Red Devils return more starters this season than they did last year when they won 10 games. Junior LB Michael Ferns (6-3, 242/112 tackles) holds an offer from Ohio State, but has narrowed his final three choices to Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame. Senior WR Dan Monteroso (6-3, 175/ 10 TDs) has commited to Boston College. Also back on offense are senior QB Matt Kinnick (6-0, 180/2,768 yards passing, 30 TDs), junior RB Jaylon Brown (5-8, 165/1,500 all-purpose yards, 14 TDs) and four OL starters (Corey Ernest, sr., 6-2, 265; Cole Stephen, sr., 6-0, 195; Tom Parker, sr., 6-3, 250; Joel Giffin, jr., 6-1, 225). Defensively, St. C returns senior DBs Jerrid Marhefka (5-11, 170/8 INTs) and Luke Smith (5-9, 190/102 tackles). Junior K Zac Musilli (5-8, 145) was All-Buckeye 8. The Red Devils, in the program’s 92nd season, are going for their sixth playoff appearance in seven years. Head coach Brett McLean is 71-36 in 10 years.
Opener: @ Wheeling Park (WV)

4. Norwayne (14-1, State Champions)
Bobcats broke through for their first state title with a historic 48-42
win over Kenton in a memorable state final. Now what? For an encore
Norwayne will attempt to continue writing program history. The Bobcats
will attempt to win their first back-to-back Wayne County League titles
and will also try to make the playoffs for just the fourth time in
program history and third time in a row. Despite the loss of a talented
senior class which included standout QB/LB Adam Wallace, head coach Joe
Harbour (28-9 in three years) said this year’s team could be more
“talented” than last year’s. Offensively, four starters return on the OL
in seniors Zac Croftcheck (6-1, 255), Caleb Barb (6-0, 200) and Cody
Scrugs (6-0, 230) and junior Zack Weinman (6-1, 255). They’ll block for
senior RB Jon Zimmerly who rushed for 1,105 yards and 15 TDs last
season. The receiving corps is loaded with seniors Brady Berger (6-1,
190/747 yards, 12 TDs) and Mitch Knieriem (5-9, 160/356 yards, six TDs)
and junior Kaleb Harris (6-3, 195/560 yards, eight TDs). Defensively,
Zimmerly (77 tackles, 10 sacks) is a beast. The secondary is anchored by
junior DB Trevahn Berry (6-1, 170/five INTs, 51 tackles, 18 PBU) and
senior DB Logan Studer (5-10, 160/54 tackles). “We have a strong core of
returning players in 2012 who either started or saw extensive time as
key backups on our 2011 state championship team,” harbor said. “If they
do the work and show the growth we expect them capable of then 2012 can
also be a very special season in which we compete for a league title,
playoff birth, and make a playoff run that maybe if things go right
could culminate with another state title.”  
Opener: @ Wellington

5. Clinton-Massie (11-3, State Semifinalist)
The Falcons have made the playoffs 10 years in a row. Expect that string to reach 11. Last year Massie had three backs rush for over 1,000 yards and this year it would like to duplicate the feat. Junior RB Bayle Wolfe (6-0, 195) is back after running for 1,390 yards and 31 TDs last season. Also back is senior RB Wyatt Running (5-11, 185) who ran for 1,071 yards and 15 TDs. Those two will run behind a line anchored by seniors Trent Smart (6-3, 235) and Jake Weaver (6-2, 225). Defensively, Smart (51.5 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 12.5 sacks) and senior Duane Sowers (6-0, 200) headline a talented DL. Smart is headed to Ohio.
Opener: @ Blanchester 

6. Galion (8-2)

The Tigers have been to the playoffs one time since 1989, but this year
they could make a run at the school’s first state title since 1985.
Galion’s backfield is among the state’s best. Senior RB David Nay (5-11,
200) is back after running for 2,004 yards and 29 TDs on 175 carries
last year. He also caught 16 passes for 252 yards. Under center the
Tigers return junior QB Dareian Watkins (6-1, 192) who already owns
offers from Illinois and Bowling Green. Watkins threw for 1,256 yards
and 16 TDs and ran for 559 yards and 10 TDs last year. 
Opener: vs Mansfield Senior

7. Elyria Catholic (5-5)
The Panthers missed the playoffs last year but are back with a vengeance and a new motto: Blood and Bones. “We don’t care who we play or what size they are,” Head Coach Michael Polevacik said. “Everyone is made of blood and bones and 11 guys take the field at a time. We have to do our best with our blood and bones.” EC has a solid body. Junior QB Jeremy Holley (6-5, 210) threw for 1,900 yards and 21 TDs last year, while junior OL Dakota Tallman (6-5, 300) is a potential big-time prospect. Sophomore RB Justin Taylor (5-10, 155) is the wildcard and poised for a break-out season. He has “game-breaker speed and vision” according to Polevacik. Senior DB Jacob Moore (6-1, 165) is primed for a big season after being HM All-Ohio as a sophomore and missing most of last season with injury. Sophomore DL Deadam Hall (6-6, 340) is one to watch. Said Polevacik: “Our programs ultimate goal is a state championship. We talk about it every year. We want to be in the mix every year.”
Opener: @ Huron 

8. Genoa Area (10-2, Region 14 Semifinalist)
The Comets have been to the playoffs five straight years and would like to keep the streak alive. To do so, they’ll hand the ball off to senior RB Kyle Nutter (5-11, 190). Nutter ran for 1,399 yards and 25 TDs last year after running for 1,656 and 22, respectively, as a sophomore. Anchoring the defense will be LB Nick Keller (6-0, 215) who doubles as a standout OL.
Opener: @ Ottawa Hills

9. Ironton (7-5, Region 15 Semifinalist)
Tigers have been to the playoffs 29 times and four straight. Expect
those marks to reach 30 and five, respectively, this season. Head coach
Mark Vass steps into the gigantic shoes left by legendary coach Bob Lutz
who retired in the offseason after 42 years and an Ohio-record 381
victories. Key returning seniors for Ironton include RB Tanner
Schweickart (5-11, 210), TE Aaron Stephens (6-2, 190), DL Nick
Culbertson (6-4, 255/45 tackles, 12 PBU, three sacks), DB/KR Patrick
Lewis (5-10, 170) and LB Trevor White (6-3, 215).
Opener: @ Wheelersburg

10. Brookfield (9-2, Region 13 Quarterfinalist)
This script reads alot like eventual state champion Norwayne’s did last year. Brookfield posted its first winning record since 1994 last season and also made the playoffs for the first time in 18 years. They’re set up for another run. Brookfield’s senior class, which saw a lot of action as freshman, is loaded and ready to take the program to the next level. The Warriors have gone 1-9, 5-5, 9-2 the last three years. Senior QB/LB Jeremy Quinlan (6-3, 180) is a four-year starter under center and one of the D-IV’s best all-around players. He’s coming off a season shortened by a collarbone injury in Week 4. Senior RB/LB Ryan Mosora (5-11, 185) returns after rushing for 1,773 yards. He also had 55 tackles and three INTs. Another key two-way player is TE/LB Jimmy Quinlan (6-2, 185, sr.). He had 106 tackles as a sophomore and 123 last year. The OL and DL will be anchored by senior Gary Hiner (6-4, 295).
Opener: @ Garfield Heights Trinity

More To Watch (Alphabetical Order)

Amanda-Clearcreek (8-3, Region 15 Quarterfinalist)
The Aces have been to three straight postseasons but have been bounced in the first round two years in a row. This season A-C will lean heavily on senior QB Austin Smith (5-10, 160) who threw for 740 yards and seven TDs and ran for 446 yards and six TDs in eight games last year. As a DB, Smith registered 54 tackles and three INTs. The Aces’ kicking game will be better than average with the return of standout senior P Nick Brumfield (5-8, 172) and junior K Grant Brown (6-0, 155).
Opener: @ Hartley

Badin (6-4)
The Rams are looking to defend their GCL North title and win the division for the fifth time in seven years. Consider them a contender. Badin returns eight All-GCL Central players, including five on defense. Included in that group are DL Houston Krause (6-2, 220, sr.), DB Austin Rieman (5-11, 190, sr.), DB Nick Browning (5-10, 170, sr.), LB Michael Davis (6-0, 190, sr.), DL Jack Fetters (5-11, 200, sr.) and DL John Fowler (5-11, 250, sr.). Offensively, the Rams must replace their leading rusher, leading receiver and QB. They return OL anchors Greg Childs (6-1, 215, sr.) and Kevin Kugler (5-10, 230). Expect senior RB Drew Evers (5-11, 190) to log plenty of carries.
Opener: @ Woodward

Black River (9-3, Region 13 Semifinalist)
The Pirates return some solid talent – especially at the RB position – from last year’s playoff team, which was the school’s first since 2003. Senior Austin Phillips (6-1, 195) returns after rushing for 1,358 yards (fifth highest single-season total in school history) and registering 72 tackles (11 sacks). Not to be outdone, junior RB Andrew Vaughn (5-10, 170) is also back after running for a school single-season record 1,896 yards. Senior QB Dakota Kuntz returns as well. Black River became the first Patriot Athletic Conference team since the league was formed in 2005 to win a playoff game last year when it beat Manchester 49-24. 
Opener: @ Collins Western Reserve

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (8-4, Region 16 Semifinalist)
The Eagles reached the postseason for the seventh time in 10 years last season and surprised host Maderia in the first round. Don’t be surprised if they reach Week 11 again. CHCA returns junior QB Conner Osborne (5-10, 150) who threw for 1,289 yards and 14 TDs last year. Osborne finished the season exceptionally strong (throwing 10 of his TDs in the final five games, playoffs included). The Eagles also return their top two leading rushers from last year in junior RBs Nick Marsh (6-0, 160) and Tyler Renners (5-7, 130). Marsh carried the ball 102 times for 517 yards and six TDs, while Renners ran it 78 times for 495 yards and six TDs. Senior WR Nick Weaver returns after catching a team-high 31 passes for 410 yards and four TDs. Defensively, Marsh returns to lead the charge from his LB spot. Last year he had a team-high 51 tackles and eight sacks.
Opener: vs Maderia

Fenwick (8-2)
The Falcons replace one outstanding QB (Austin Gearing/Miami Oh) with another. After spending the first three years of his career at Moeller, senior QB Ricky Davis (6-3, 195) has transferred to Fenwick. Davis holds offers from Bowling Green, Akron and Kent State. Seniors Lucas Cunningham (6-1, 248) and Ben Hinkel (6-1, 240) anchor the OL. Senior WR Leo Haenni (6-4, 220) is a potential D-I prospect and coming off a season in which he caught 30 passes for 523 yards and five TDs. Another weapon will be junior WR Frank Catrine (6-0, 180/1,235 all-purpose yards) who rushed for eight TDs, caught a TD pass and returned a kickoff and punt for TDs last year.  Fenwick’s defense will be stout. In addition to Haenni (six interceptions) and Catrine (five INTs) who will lead the secondary, the Falcons return three additional All-GCL North selections in senior DL Colin Smith (6-3, 280), senior DL Ian Barton (6-2, 220) and senior LB Cory Chapman (5-11, 210).
Opener: vs Wyoming

Johnstown-Monroe (13-1, State Semifinalist)
The Johnnies run to the state semifinals last year was fueled by senior RB Ross Franklin who ran for 3,472 yards and 49 TDs. Franklin has since graduated as has QB Matt Smith who chipped in 1,370 yards rushing and 19 TDs. The good news? There’s plenty coming back.  Seniors Dakota Crawford (6-3, 315) and Tim Sayer (6-4, 215) anchor a talented OL. Expect senior RB Adam Carter (5-9, 210) to get his share of carries. Carter (398 yards, seven TDs) is the leading returning rusher. Defensively, Monroe will rely on senior LB Corbin Grassman (6-2, 215/156 tackles) and senior DBs Nick Sadinsky (6-0, 190/100 tackles, five INTs) and Tyler Thompson (5-11, 150/42 tackles, three INTs). Junior K Charles Benton (6-3, 200) also returns.  
Opener: vs Granville

Kenton (14-1, State Runner-Up)
The Wildcats made the D-IV final last year and lost 48-42 to Norwayne in an instant classic. The big hole this year is at quarterback, where the nation’s all-time leading passer Maty Mauk has since graduated and enrolled at Missouri. There are other holes too on defense where Kenton must replace the WBL defensive lineman (Isaac Jeffers) and defensive back (Brice Fackler) of the year. In all, the Wildcats graduated 10 All-WBL performers. Look for junior Grant Sherman (6-4, 190) to take over at QB. Last year Sherman threw for 382 yards and four TDs in a back-up role. The receiving corps will be strong again with the return of juniors Justin Sawmiller (6-1, 170/137 rec., 1,813 yards, 19 TDs) and Matt Bahr (6-1, 185/55 rec., 995 yards, 14TDs) and senior Zach Wolowicz (5-11, 175/80 rec., 766 yards, seven TDs). Senior DB Caleb Halsey (6-1, 175) returns after registering 102 tackles and four INTs last year.  
Opener: vs Coldwater

Manchester (7-4, Region 13 Quarterfinalist)
The Panthers made the playoffs for the third year in a row and should make it four straight this fall. Senior QB Nick Peyakov (6-4, 210) returns for his final campaign after earning first team All-PAC 7 honors for the second year in a row and being named the conference POY. Last year Peyakov threw for 2,464 yards, 28 TDs and just two INTs. He also ran for 202 yards and four TDs. As a sophomore Peyakov threw for 2,002 yards and 15 TDs. Senior LB Clayton Miller (5-10, 200/101 tackles) leads the defense.
Opener: vs Jeromesville Hillsdale

Milton-Union (8-3, Region 16 Quarterfinalist)
The Bulldogs snapped a three-year hiatus from the postseason last year and would like to log back-to-back postseason trips. Replacing the school’s all-time leading rusher (Jake Finfrock) is a big hurdle, but senior RB Tyler Brown (6-0, 215) is seasoned and will carry more of the load. The Bulldogs return five starters on offense. Defensively, head coach Bret Pearce (67-60 in 12 years) welcomes back eight starters and expects that unit to be “strong.” Key contributors will be Brown, DL Jesse Simpson (5-11, 188, sr.), DL Cole Pennington (6-2, 230, sr.), LB Chris Boggs (5-11, 195, sr.), LB Josh Bryan (5-11, 187, sr.), LB Austin Dickison (6-0, 190, sr.) and DB Joe Thoele (5-10, 175, sr.). Milton’s secret weapon? Try senior K Nick Fields who is considered a Top 20 2013 kicker nationally by prokicker.com. Said Pearce: “We expect a big year out of him.”
Opener: vs Miami East

North Union (9-2, Region 14 Quarterfinalist)
The Wildcats are in the midst of the best run in school history and after making the program’s first three playoff appearances the last three years, NU would like to extend that streak to four. They have the horses to do it. Senior OL/DL Isaiah Blevins (6-5, 255) is back to anchor both lines. Last year he had over 75 pancake blocks and made 90 tackles on defense, including 12 sacks. Senior QB/DB Drew Crabtree (6-0, 190) also returns after making 57 tackles and netting two INTs. Other key returners include OL Garrett Newman, OL/LB Jordan Hamilton and RB Kam Smith. One player to watch is senior RB Thane Hoffman who started the first game last year before suffering a season-ending leg injury. The OL loses only one starter.
Opener: @ Fairbanks

Orrville (8-4, Region 13 Semifinalist)
The Red Riders are in store for a historic season. Orrville is looking for the program’s 600th win (currently have 596) and will play the program’s 1,000th game in Week 8 against Mansfield Madison. The Red Riders will rely heavily on the arm of senior QB Kyle Lichti (6-1, 175). Lichti, a three-year starter, threw for 1,501 yards and 13 TDs during an injury-plagued junior season. As a sophomore he threw for 2,026 yards and 19 TDs. Junior LBs Joel Zook (6-1, 180) and Trevor Summers (6-2, 210) will anchor the defense.
Opener: @ Canal Fulton Northwest

Ottawa-Glandorf (8-3, Region 14 Quarterfinalist)
Titans have made the playoffs seven years in a row and are poised for
another big run. Senior RB Tristan Parker (6-1, 200/1,320 yards and
seven TDs in nine regular season games) and senior QB Caleb Siefker (586
yards passing, seven TDs) form an experienced backfield that will be
protected by two of Western’s Ohio’s best OL in seniors Wyatt Karhoff
(6-4, 255) and Matt Samuelson (6-3, 225).  Senior DB Josh Buckland
(5-11, 181) anchors the defense. Head coach Ken Schriner (115-64 in 16
years) said keys involve: “Developing a strong passing attack on offense
and physical play on defense while creating turnovers.”
Opener: vs Fostoria

Pemberville Eastwood (11-1, Region 14 Semifinalist)
The Eagles earned their seventh playoff berth (all since 2002) last year and are primed to compete for No. 8.  Senior RB Isaiah Conkle (5-9, 180) is back after running for 1,190 yards and 24 TDs en route to first team All-Northern Buckeye Conference honors. Other key returning seniors are DB Kyler Dierker, DE Adam Wolf and DB Blake Kohring.
Opener: vs Patrick Henry

Streetsboro (6-4)
The Rockets own just one playoff appearance in school history (1992) but could be on the verge of earning ticket No. 2. Senior LB/FB Brandon Gency (6-2, 195) is back after registering 101 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles last year. Offensively, senior RB Dorian Williams (5-11,190) returns after rushing for 1,289 yards and 25 TDs on 228 carries. He also tallied 45 tackles on defense. Other key returners are senior LB Nick Belsito (5-11, 195/33 tackles) and senior DB John Kelly (5-9, 165/35 tackles).
Opener: vs Warren Champion

Westfall (8-3, Region 16 Quarterfinalist)
Mustangs have been to the playoffs seven of the last nine years and
look primed to defend their Scioto Valley Conference crown and challenge
for a regional title. Said head coach Scott Keller (42-12 in five
years): “This isn’t the most talented team we’ve ever had, but they are
very close.” Headlining the roster is senior QB Trent Williamson (5-11,
200) who returns for his third year as a starter and has a chance to
become the SVC and school’s all-time leading passer and the school’s
all-time leading rusher. Williamson has thrown for over 4,200 yards and
rushed for over 2,200 the last two years. He’s accounted for 65 TDs. Two
three-year starters return on the OL and DL in seniors Doug Hardin
(6-4, 280) and Cody Schmitzer (5-11, 250). Senior DB Luke Cline (6-0,
180) was the SVC DB of the Year last year after recording five INTs
(returned three for TDs). Said Keller: “This season we welcome back a
wealth of experience on both sides of the ball. We return nine starters
on offense and nine on defense. We have been very young the last couple
of years, so we’re expecting those youthful mistakes (turnovers and
penalties) to be eliminated.”
Opener: vs Teays Valley

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