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The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division V preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard has
become the presenting sponsor of the rankings.
New polls will be unveiled on site every week during the season.
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DIVISION V PRESEASON RANKINGS
1. Coldwater (11-4, State Runner-Up)
The Cavaliers have won more games (145) than any program in Ohio since 2000 and have been to the playoffs 15 straight times. Expectations are high again and why not? This year’s senior class has been tabbed Coldwater’s “best” by several sources and that’s backed up by the fact that the Cavs Class of 2013 has the rare opportunity to play in 60 high school games and make four straight state finals. Coldwater has been state runner-up the last three years. They want a title this year and are a favorite. Senior QB Austin Bruns (6-4, 205) is back for his third season as a starter. He’s thrown for 5,378 yards and 55 TDs the last two years. Also back are key players WR/DB Caleb Siefring (5-10, 170, sr./team’s leading receiver, 18 TDs, seven INTs), RB/DB Jordan Chapin (5-10, 175, sr./200-plus tackles in two years, six fumble recoveries), LB Zach Dickman (6-1, 220, sr./143 tackles), OL/DE Jordan Harlamert (6-1, 235, sr./67 tackles, five sacks), OL Mike Rios (6-1, 205, sr.), P/PL Kyle Bergman (sr.), DL Alan Kunk (5-10, 215, sr.) and DL Cody Madaj (5-7, 215, sr.). Said head coach Chip Otten (22-8 in two years at CHS): “(We’re) cautiously optimistic with the productive returners we have coming back. We must strive to become better, enjoy the journey and DTIFG – ‘don’t take it for granted’ that we will be successful.”
Opener: @ Kenton
2. Kirtland (15-0, State Champions)
The defending state champions return arguably the state’s most explosive small school back in senior Damon Washington (5-11, 175). Washington ran for 1,618 yards last year, including 147 (and two TDs) in the state championship game. His 81-yard fourth quarter TD punctuated the Hornets 28-7 win over Coldwater. Washington doubles as a tremendous defensive back. Kirtland also returns starting quarterback Scott Ellerman, a 6-3, 178-pounder who threw for 1.043 yards and 12 TDs last year. He also ran for four scores. Defensively the Hornets are led by a pair of standout juniors in DL Cannon Schroeder (6-2, 215) and DB Ryan Loncar (5-10, 175).
Opener: vs Beloit West Branch
3. Lima Central Catholic (10-1, Region 18 Quarterfinalist)
The T-Birds have some big holes to fill – mainly those left by NWC Offensive Player of the Year Ty O’Connor (now at Michigan State) and NWC Defensive POY Sean Griesdorn. The cupboard is far from bare though. Leading the offensive charge will be senior RB Jonathan Washington (5-9, 201) who ran for 1,176 yards and 17 TDs last year. As a sophomore he ran for 912 yards and six TDs. Also back to get touches is junior RB Mykale Rogers (D-III state long jump champion as a sophomore). Senior Ben Stolly (6-1, 235) will anchor both lines (had 11 TFL, seven sacks last year). Senior DB/WR Sam Huffman (6-2, 175) is a difference maker. Last year he had 57 tackles, four INTs, 32 rec., 603 receiving yards and eight TDs. As a sophomore he made 95 tackles. Additional impact players include LBs Vincent Fosburgh (sr.) and Darius West (jr./65 tackles, three TDs). Keep an eye on senior ATH Ryan Pitts Jr. who was limited to four games due to injury last year.
Opener: @ Delphos St. John’s
4. Northwood (9-2, Region 18 Quarterfinalist)
The Rangers have made the playoffs three years in a row and seven times overall, but they own just a 1-7 postseason record. This could be the year they get past Week 11 – and then some. The Rangers return 10 starters on offense and seven on defense and this year’s senior class has the chance to be the winningest in school history. Said head coach Ken James: “The keys for us will be battling complacency and staying healthy. If we accomplish those two things, we should have an opportunity for a very good season.” A big fish is two-time Toledo Area Athletic Conference Defensive POY Nick Whitmore (6-0, 221) who returns after recording 106 tackles from his LB spot last year. A four-year starter, Whitmore has over 300 career tackles. Seniors Justin Rohrs (6-2, 246) and David Bogart (6-3, 228) are also impact players on the DL. Senior LB Tyler Shepard (5-10, 175/second leading tackler, four INTs) also returns. On offense, Northwood returns all five starters on the OL in seniors John Segura (6-1, 220), Kevin Baker (5-10, 245), Rohrs and Bogart and junior Travis Whitmore (5-11, 242). Directing the attack is senior QB Nick Russell, a second team All-TAAC selection who threw for 1,227 yards and eight TDs and ran for 702 yards and 12 TDs last year. Northwood’s backfield is loaded with senior RBs Evan Perkins (5-10, 180/570 yards, seven TDs), Dustin Fullenlove (5-9, 210) and Jordan Schell (5-7, 140).
Opener: vs Ayersville
5. Versailles (9-3, Region 20 Semifinalist)
First-year head coach Adam Miller inherits a cupboard left stocked by former coach Bob Olwin. The Tigers snapped a five-year playoff drought last year and made the postseason for the first time since 2005. Getting back is attainable. Junior QB Nick Campbell (6-1, 170) returns after earning JJHuddle Division V Offensive Player of the Year honors last year when he threw for 2,910 yards and 37 TDs and ran for 866 yards and nine TDs. Defensively, senior LB Mike Rutschilling (6-0, 170) is one of the region’s best.
Opener: @ Celina
6. Marion Pleasant (11-1, Region 20 Semifinalist)
After a two-year postseason absence the Spartans earned the program’s 17th playoff berth in 21 years last season and scored 79 points in a first round win over Cincinnati Summit Country Day. Pleasant lost to West Jefferson 49-42 in OT a week later. Gone from that team are several talented linemen and that’s cause for concern according to head coach Aaron Cook (18-4 in two years). That being said, don’t feel bad for the Spartans. They’re loaded at the skill positions. WR/DB Delvin McDaniel (6-1, 195, sr.) returns after accounting for over 1,800 total yards (including 1,200 receiving) and FB/NG Holden Rosebrough (6-0, 35, sr.) is back after rushing for 1,500 yards and 22 TDs. Defensively, McDaniel (eight INTs), RB/LB Blake Sims (6-1, 215, sr./70 tackles), DB/QB Collin Wood (6-2, 175, sr./40 tackles, four INTs) and LB/OL Nathan Jerome (6-1, 205, sr./47 tackles) lead a solid unit.
Opener: vs Southington Chalker
7. Wheelersburg (7-3)
The Pirates missed the playoffs for just the fourth time in 25 years last season and look poised to make it back. Burg graduated just seven seniors, although one was standout QB Alex Shears. Look for junior WR/DB Eddie Miller (6-2, 165) to take over under center. Last year Miller was the team’s leading receiver (20 rec., 339 yards) and scored three TDs (one each receiving, punt return and kickoff return). He also added five INTs. Also back is junior WR/DB Dylan Miller (6-3, 180) who caught 19 passes for 257 yards and five TDs. Defensively, Dylan Miller is the team’s leading returning tackler after making 69 tackles last year (and two INTs). Also back is junior DE Cameron Parsley (6-2, 175/40 tackles, nine TFL, three sacks), senior Dl Austin Gifford (6-0, 195/38 tackles, nine TFL), senior DB Zach Cunningham (5-11, 180/37 tackles, seven TFL) and junior DB Tyler Claxon (5-11,155/38 tackles).
Opener: vs Ironton
8. Sugarcreek Garaway (9-3, Region 17, Semifinalist)
The Pirates are coming off just the second playoff berth in school history and look poised to earn the program’s first back-to-back postseason appearances. Garaway returns seven starters on offense including record-setting senior QB Tyler Walter (6-0, 185) who threw for 3,011 yards and 33 TDs last year. Walter has 4,993 career yards and 54 TDs. Three of his main targets are also back in seniors WRs Duane Troyer (6-1, 170/60 rec., 950 yards, seven TDs), Winston Mullet (5-11, 165/45 rec., 559 yards, six TDs) and Matt Riednour (6-2, 190/28 rec., 3754 yards, four TDs). Troyer and Mullet will battle for several Garaway career receiving records. Both are already among the Top 3 in most. Defensively Garaway returns five starters including LB Kellan Mutschelknaus (5-11, 195, sr./116 tackles), LB Logan Wilson (6-1, 195, jr./95 tackles), DB Cody Mullet (5-9, 160, sr./75 tackles) and DB AJ Frey (5-10, 165, jr./46 tackles). Head coach Jason Wallick (66-46 in 11 years) should become Garaway’s All-Time winningest coach this season. He’s currently tied with Don Hertler. Said Wallick: “We look forward to the challenge of repeating our success from last year. If all works out, we should be able to once again platoon 9 to 11 kids one way, which we feel has helped our success in the past. We are blessed with an extremely athletic and skilled senior class on both sides of the ball.”
Opener: vs Dalton
9. Youngstown Ursuline (4-6)
The Irish failed to reach the state finals – and the playoffs – for the first time since 2006 last year. An ambitious schedule did them in. This year Ursuline has a new head coach in longtime assistant Larry Kempe who takes over for Dan Reardon. Kempe has some pieces in place in junior QB Chris Durkin (6-4, 216), senior OL Khallid Pierce (6-2, 215) and junior DL Sha’Haun Williams (6-2, 225). Durkin holds offers from Illinois, Bowling Green, and Toledo.
Opener: @ Youngstown East
10. Patrick Henry (10-3, Region 18 Finalist)
Patriots are looking for their 11th straight playoff berth and have
been in the regional final six of the last eight years. Said head coach
Bill Inselmann (184-58 in 21 years): “We have good experience back on
the offensive and defensive fronts. Our backfield and LB corps should be
strong. We are concerned about our inexperienced receiving corps and
our lack of numbers. Our overall numbers will be around 34 in the top
three grades.” Depth might be a concern, but talent isn’t. OL Colt
Pettit (6-4, 235) is one of Ohio’s top junior prospects and was first
team All-NWOAL as a sophomore. Defensively senior DL Jake Carrizales
(6-1, 230) and senior LB Keith Palmer (5-8, 175) shine. Carrizales had
72 tackles and 17 TFL last year, while Palmer added 75 and 13,
respectively. Senior FB/LB Galen Powers (5-9, 185) contributes on both
sides of the ball. Overall, PH returns six starters on offense and seven
Opener: @ Pemberville Eastwood
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The Trojans are looking for the program’s first playoff berth since 2005 and according to head coach Jim Stoyle: “If the chemistry is right and the attitude remains good we have a chance to be very competitive again. We need to find some dependable receivers to go with our very good quarterback. We should be very solid up front on both sides of the ball. The key will be the leadership of our seniors in 2012.” Junior QB Tyler Stoyle (5-10, 155) returns after throwing for 1,597 yards and 13 TDs last year. Stoyle will have a seasoned OL in front of him, which will feature three two-year starters and a three-year starter (senior Brock Cutlip, 5-10, 240, sr.). Keep an eye on sophomore RB Jeremy Sesma (5-10, 160). He won the Mid Buckeye Conference 200-meter title as a freshman.
Opener: @ Cardington-Lincoln
Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant (7-3)
The Hornets senior class is trying to become just the second in the school’s history to produce three playoff teams in four years. The other was the Class of 1993. D-B returns a stellar QB in senior Alex Bare (5-9, 160) who threw for 637 yards and eight TDs last year. He also ran for 346 yards and four TDs. Bare doubles as an all-district basketball player. D-B also returns its leading receiver in senior Bryan Steele (6-3, 180). Steele caught 16 passes for 415 yards (25.94 average) and six TDs last year.
Opener: @ Pomeroy Meigs
Columbiana Crestview (11-2, Region 17 Finalist)
The Rebels return one of the region’s top players in senior RB Nick Blower (5-6, 150). Blower ran for 1,872 yards and 18 TDs on 177 carries last year. He also had eight receptions for 154 yards and two TDs and totaled 2,210 all-purpose yards (averaged 10.6 yards per touch).
Opener: @ Columbiana
Covington (10-1, Region 20 Quarterfinalist)
The Buccs are postseason regulars, having made the playoffs seven straight seasons and 12 of the last 13. Expect the same this season. Covington returns nine starters on defense and seven on offense. Leadership, however, is a concern according to head coach Dave Miller (49-10 in five years at Covington; 88-34 overall). The Buccs graduated just six seniors from last year’s team but four were four-year letterwinners and the other two were three-year letterwinners. Of the four-year players, three were on the OL.
Opener: vs New Bremen
Dayton Christian (9-1)
The Crusaders missed the playoffs last year despite nine wins. That sour taste looms but so does RB Heath Harding (5-10, 175, sr.) – one of Ohio’s best small school runners. According to head coach David Amlin: “Next to Josh Betts (Vandalia-Butler/Indianapolis Colts), Harding is the best kid I have coached in 34 years.” Last year Harding ran for 1,501 yards and 29 TDs on 122 carries. He had 33 TDs total (KO return and three receiving). For his career, Harding has rushed for 2,902 yards and 48 TDs. He’s accounted for 62 TDs total, including seven on returns. He has offers from Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo, Miami of Ohio and Bowling Green. Harding also rant he fastest 40-yard dash at Ohio State’s advanced camp in June (4.33 seconds). Anchoring the line will be OL/DL Adam Jackson (6-0, 270, sr.).
Opener: vs Jamestown Greeneview
In 2010 the Greyhounds recorded their first winning season since 1983. This year the program would like to win its first league title since then and make the school’s first-ever playoff appearance. Those expectations are warranted. Dixie returns several key players including senior QB/DB Luke Bowling (6-0, 190/three-year starter) and senior RB/LB Ryan Jordan (5-9, 190). In addition to running for 1,046 yards and 14 TDs last year, Jordan also led the team in sacks with seven. Senior TE/LB Matt Isaacs (6-3, 210) is a two-way standout. Last year the team’s leading tackler (101, 16 TFL) also caught 25 passes for 467 yards. Senior lineman Soloman Shepherd (5-10, 230) anchors both lines. New additions to the schedule are Valley View (Week 2) and Springfield Northeastern (Week 3).
Opener: vs Twin Valley South
The Freddies followed up a trip to the state semifinals in 2010 with a
disappointing campaign last season. Expect a significant rebound.
Fredericktown returns standout senior RB Matt Smith (5-11, 200) who
still rushed for 900 yards last year despite a nagging hamstring injury.
As a sophomore Smith ran for 2,238 yards and 27 TDs. He enters his
senior season with over 3,000 career rushing yards and 34 TDs. Smith is a
big-time baseball recruit and is being courted by Ohio State and
Cincinnati. Also back is big QB Ryan Logan (6-6, 195) who stars on the
basketball court as well. Senior WR/DB Nash Cunningham (6-1, 170)
returns as well.
Opener: @ Sparta Highland
Liberty-Benton (10-2, Region 18 Semifinalist)
The Eagles will ride senior QB Mitch Linhart (6-2, 180) who threw for 1,638 yards and 21 TDs last year. Keep an eye on junior WR Chase Cook.
Opener: @ Fremont St. Joe’s
Liberty Center (11-1, Region 18 Semifinalist)
The Tigers snapped a two-year absence from the postseason by posting a perfect regular season and ending Patrick Henry’s stranglehold on the NWOAL. Key returners from LC are junior OL/DL Nick Demaline (6-3, 265) and senior OL/DL Jimmy Spieth (5-11, 185). Both earned first team All-NWOAL honors on both sides of the ball last year.
Opener: vs Tinora
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (7-5, Region 17 Semifinalist)
The former state champions (1984) made the playoffs for the first time since 1988 last year and would like to reach Week 11 again as an encore. Aquinas has a two-way standout in senior TE/DE Joel Rich (6-4, 230) who has committed to Boston College. Last year Rich made 76 tackles (eight sacks) and had 16 QB hurries. He also caught 14 passes for 275 yards and two TDs. Also back is junior RB/LB Bryan Wilkins (6-1, 194) who ran for 765 yards and 11 TDs last year.
Opener: vs Massillon Tuslaw
Miami East (6-4)
Led by head coach Max Current (58-74 in 13 years), the Vikings are trying to earn their first playoff berth since 2008. ME has some talent. Junior RB/DB/KR/K/P Michael Fellers (6-1, 155) is one of the state’s most versatile players and excels in all facets. Last year he rushed for 638 yards and 10 TDs, caught 15 passes, averaged 51.3 yards on kickoffs, put five punts inside the 20, returned one kickoff for a TD, had 1,486 all-purpose yards, made 48 tackles and had six INTs. Said Current: “Offensively, we feel like we have good skill at the running back positions. We need some players to rise to the occasion up front on the offensive line to get our backs going. We will be very young and inexperienced at the QB position with only sophomore and freshmen candidates at the moment. Defensively we need to replace three out of four starters on the line, two out of four starters at the linebacker spots and one out of three starters in the secondary. But we have players who have lettered at those positions and who received valuable experience last season.” Other key returners are seniors TE/DE Kevin Jackson (6-1, 170/27 tackles) and WR/DB Cole Hale (5-10, 145/44 tackles), juniors RB Alex Brewer (5-10, 155/287 yards) and DT/FB Robbie Adams (5-10, 190/67 tackles) and sophomore RB Colton McKinney (5-10, 155/236 yards). The Vikings open with Miami County non-league rival Milton-Union, which they haven’t beaten since 2001.
Opener: @ Milton-Union
Portsmouth West (10-2, Region 19 Semifinalist)
Head coach Keith Triplett returns after a one-year hiatus (family reasons) to guide the Senators again. Gone from last year’s team are 11 seniors, but West returns a talented roster. The OL – led by returning starters Jessie Scott (6-4, 250, sr.), Branden Scott (6-4, 250, sr.) and Nathan Reynolds (6-2, 225, jr.) – will be a strength. Other key contributors will be senior RB/DB Justin Crace (5-11, 205), senior RB/DE Alec Meeker (5-10, 215), senior TE/LB Zack Frye (6-4, 210), junior QB/DB Luke Morgan (6-0, 195) and junior RB/DB Austin Bricker (6-0, 175).
Opener: @ Proctorville Fairland
Sherwood Fairview (4-6)
The Apaches are looking to snap a two-year absence from the postseason and earn the program’s eighth playoff berth. On offense Fairview returns a pair of weapons in seniors Andy Guilford (QB) and Matt Tobin (WR). Guilford threw for 2,509 yards and 19 TDs and ran for 1,096 yards and 16 TDs last year. His favorite target was Tobin who caught 46 passes for 933 yards and 11 TDs. The defense will be led by senior LB Jeffrey Timbrook (6-1, 215) who led the Defiance area in tackles last year (119, including seven sacks). Other key senior returners are DL Lorne Rossman (81 tackles) and DB Tyler Nusbaum (two INTs).
Opener: @ Wauseon
The Bearcats had a remarkable run last year and could be in store for another. Spencerville entered the 2011 season riding a 22-game losing streak and promptly ended that with a 21-0 win over Indian Lake in Week 1. This season the Bearcats have their sights set on earning the program’s second playoff berth ever. And they have the horses to do it. Spencerville returns seven starters on offense including six who earned All-Northwest Conference honors last year. Four senior starters return on the OL: Coleman McCormick (6-2, 250), Bryce Ringwald (5-7, 170), Lucas Shumate (6-1, 200) and Lucas Krouskop (6-3, 240). Also back are senior RB John Smith (5-9, 170) and senior TE Dominick Corso (6-5, 230). McCormick (DL) and Kroushop (DL) double as standouts on defense where the Bearcats return eight starters. Included in that group are senior LBs Cole Roberts and Derek Goecke.
Opener: vs Lima Perry
The Rams return one of Ohio’s best small school RBs in senior Kipp McCann (6-2, 195) a two-time Green Meadows Conference Player of the Year. Last season McCann carried the ball 188 times for 1,559 yards and 22 TDs. He also had 71 tackles on defense. Tinora also returns senior OL Brandon Rittenhouse and senior LB Dylan Rumbaugh (91 tackles).
Opener: @ Liberty Center
The Cardinals have positioned themselves for a big season. Said head coach Payton Printz (55-58 in 11 years): “We feel like the group coming in this season is one of the most athletic and talented teams we’ve had quite a long time. We have a good balance of athleticism and experience, which will give us a chance to compete for the OHC title. We have a great group of skill players on offense coming back who have a lot of experience. In addition, we’ll have a lot of speed at the skill positions, which will make us tougher to defend and match up with. We’ll continue to run our spread offense and find ways to put the ball in the hands of our playmakers.” Those guys include: senior QB Colton Young (6-2, 185/1,712 yards passing, 13 TDs, 649 yards rushing, 11 TDs), junior RB Tre’ McIntyre (6-1, 185/44 rec., 661 yards receiving, four receiving TDs, 450 yards rushing, five rushing TDs), senior WR Austin Sanford (5-10, 170/34 rec., 472 yards, three TDs) and senior WR Brandon Edwards (5-7, 150/24 rec., 152 yards, three TDs). Defensively senior DE Seth Collier (6-0, 170/68 tackles), junior LB Rickey Bruce (6-1, 190, 31 tackles) and sophomore LB Chaz Adams (5-10, 165/58 tackles) all return.
Opener: vs Indian Lake
West Jefferson (10-3, Region 20 Finalist)
The Roughriders continued their recent postseason success by making the regional final for the fifth time in the last six years. West Jeff, however, is 0-5 in those contests, losing to Amanda-Clearcreek, Marion Local (twice) and Coldwater (twice), respectively, in succession. To keep the streak in tact, the Roughriders must replace QB Cody Williams, RB Chaney Fulton, RB Josh Hatfield and RB Tommy Blair – a quartet that accounted for 62 TDs and 372 yards a game. The good news? The Roughriders return their leading receiver in junior WR Ryan Love (38 rec., 815 yards, 14 TDs). Senior Corey Ginn anchors both lines. Other key returners are senior QB/DB Seth Casto, senior WR John Fluke, senior K Steven Lollo (568 points, 4-6 FGs), senior LB Chris Ramsey (48 tackles), senior QB/LB Hayden Murry (23 tackles), senior DB Austin Johnson (56 tackles) and junior RB/LB Jake Hatfield (90 tackles).
Opener: vs Mechanicsburg
West Liberty-Salem (10-1, Region 20 Quarterfinalist)
The Tigers have become playoff regulars, making it six of the last seven years and head coach Toby Smith (100-38 in 13 years) has the cast to make it seven in nine. The Tigers return four All-Ohio Heritage Conference players in seniors Riley Sims (QB/LB), Landon Hormann (WR/DE), Alex Gardner (OL/DL) and Travis Mayse (RB/DB). Hormann (6-5, 2101) had 66 tackles last year and 13 sacks. Sims threw for 1,180 yards and 14 TDs and was the etam’s leading rusher (667 yards, nine TDs). Also back is standout senior K Grant Burden (6-2, 200).(RB/DB).
Opener: @ Greenon
Wynford (13-1, State Semifinals)
The Royals are riding the state’s longest current regular season win streak (58 games) and are 69-1 in weeks 1-10 the last seven seasons. Wynford is also looking for its eighth straight playoff berth. If the Royals extend their streaks they’ll do so under a new head coach. Travis Moyer (118-28 in 12 years) stepped down after last year’s run to the final four. Taking over is Gabe Helbert who spent the last eight seasons as an assistant at Wynford. Key returners include WR/DB Adam Hartz (5-10, 185, sr./18 Rec., 341 yards, 3 TDs, 4 INTs), OL/DL Dillon Lambert (5-9, 255, sr./26 tackles), WR/DB Evan Snode (6-0, 180, sr.), LB/FB Garrett Shutler (5-10, 175, sr./117 tackles), TB/LB Corey Brown (6-1, 200, jr./430 yards rushing, five TDs) and OL/DE Tommy Hardin (6-2, 230, sr.).
Opener: vs Caledonia River Valley