2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division VI Preseason Power Poll


Ohio National Guard JJHuddle HS Football Power Poll

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

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1. Marion Local (13-2, State Champions)
The Flyers are one of the state’s top programs regardless of division. Marion Local has been to the playoffs 12 times in the last 13 years and has played in six state finals since 1999. The Flyers have won five state titles, including last year’s. As an encore, Marion will go for No. 6 this season and is a serious contender. Despite losing seven first and second team All-MAC performers, the Flyers return some talent. Junior QB Adam Bertke (6-4, 210) is one of the state’s best small school QBs and is ready for a breakout season. Last year Bertke threw for 2,233 yards and 25 TDs. Other key returners are senior RB/LB Alaric Keller (6-2, 210), senior WR/DB Alex Rosenbeck (6-1, 185), senior LB/OL Kyle Mescher (6-3, 230) and sophomore RB/DB Jacy Gottemoeller (5-9, 160). Head coach Tim Goodwin owns a career record of 141-38.
Opener: vs Lima Shawnee

2. Minster (9-4, Region 24 Finalist)
The Wildcats were just 1-9 in 2009 but they’ve reached the regional final the last two years. Expect another deep postseason run. The concern is replacing three starters on both the offensive and defensive lines, but six starters return on both sides of the ball. Senior QB Adam Niemeyer (6-3, 200) returns for his third season as a starter and is coming off a junior year in which he threw for 1,434 yards and 12 TDs and ran for 457 yards and seven TDs. Joining Niemeyer in the backfield will be seasoned senior RBs Troy Kauffman (5-10, 175/857 yards rushing, 12 TDs) and Korey Schulktz (5-11, 165/926 yards rushing, 11 TDs). The receiving corps is led by senior WR Devon Poeppelman (6-1, 195/23 receptions, five TDs) and junior TE Ethan Wolf (6-6, 225/18 receptions, 266 yards, two TDs). Wolf is a BCS prospect and holds offers from Illinois, Cincinnati and some MAC schools. Defensively, Kauffman (55 tackles, five sacks, four INTs), Schultz (four INTs), DB Jay Eilerman (6-0, 165, sr./54 tackles, five INTs), LB James Borges (6-1, 180, sr./61 tackles), DL Wes Hegeman (6-2, 240, jr./36 tackles) and DB Paul Dues (6-3, 180, jr./27 tackles) anchor a solid unit. Two-way lineman Mason Haney (6-1, 220) provides much needed experience in the trenches. Head coach Nate Moore is 16-10 in two years.
Opener: @ Fort Loramie

3. Delphos St. John’s (10-4, State Semifinalist)
The Blue Jays are 52-7 with four trips to the state semifinals and two state titles since the start of 2009. DSJ will again contend for a MAC and state title although there are holes to fill. “Two a days will be a very important part of our success in Weeks 1 and 2 (against Lima Central Catholic and Port Clinton),” head coach Todd Schulte (136-36 in 14 years) said. “We will be inexperienced up front so the faster they develop and gel together the better chance we will have to compete (in non-league games). Hopefully we can have some success in our to non-league games so we can carry that into league play the rest of the year.” Key returners include: Mark Boggs (sr., QB, 6-1 185), Tyler Jettinghoff (jr., TB, 6-1 208), Seth Bockey (sr., OG, 6-3, 235), Brock Bonifas (sr., DT 5-10, 198) and Cody Looser (jr., OLB, 6-2, 200).
Opener: vs Lima Central Catholic

4.  Ada (9-3, Region 24 Semifinalist)
The Bulldogs have been in the playoffs six straight seasons and should make it seven. The big key is who replaces two-time All-Ohioan Konnor Baker at QB. Vying for the spot are seniors Mason Acheson and Matt Wilcox (6-0, 165) who starred at WR last year (six TDs, 571 yards, 33 catches). Cushioning the loss is the return of senior RB Kellen Decker (5-11, 180) who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Last year he had 1,119 yards and 17 TDs on 130 carries and caught 34 passes for 404 yards. Senior WR/LB Jacob Ansley (6-0, 190) is s special talent (55 catches; 1,189 yards; 24 TDs) and anchors a receiving corps that returns four of its top five. Senior OL/DL Eli Robertson (5-10, 225/three-year starter, 54 tackles) returns to anchor a defense that returns seven starters and “should be improved” according to head coach Micah Fell (59-16 in six years at Ada; 159-81 career). Ansley (120 tackles, 11 TFL) doubles as a standout LB. Overall the Bulldogs return 14 starters, including both kickers, and 20 lettermen.
Opener: vs Hardin Northern

5. McComb (8-4, Regional Semifinalist)

Head coach Kris Alge (120-41 in 14 years) has one of the divisions most versatile players in RB/LB Jerry Brown (6-1, 185, sr.). The senior accounted for 38 TDs, ran for over 1,300 yards and had over 900 yards receiving last year. He added 90 tackles on defense. RB/LB Cody Wilson (5-10, 175, sr.) is a talent in his own right. McComb could be poised for a breakout year. The Panthers graduated only four starters and have a talented junior class. Other contributors will be OL/DL Spencer Nauth (6-1, 275, sr.) and QB Dalton Buck (5-10, 165, sr.). Due to the amount of two-way players, remaining healthy is pivotal. Key games include Liberty-Benton (Week 3), Arlington (Week 6) and Leipsic (Week 10). 
Opener: @ Tiffin Calvert

6. Fort Loramie (10-2, Region 24 Semifinalist)
The Redskins are changing conferences this season, going from the Metro Buckeye League to the Northwest Central Conference. The step up in competition is a welcomed one for a program that’s been to the playoffs three straight times. Head coach Matt Burgbacher (28-8 in three years) fully expects his squad to compete for the postseason again. Said Burgbacher: “We again are losing a great senior class from last year, but the cupboard is not empty. We have a solid nucleus of young men that had substantial amount of playing time from last year and we will look to them for their leadership and experience to carry us through the offseason and into our preseason schedule. Some people think of having to replace a lot of starters is a bad problem, we look at as a good problem to have. We are going to have some great competition amongst ourselves for those starting spots and we are excited to see these young men compete.” Key returners are senior QB/DB Seth Guillozet (6-0, 185/1,300 yards passing, 16 TDs), junior RB/DB Delaunte Thornton (5-8, 180/700 yards rushing, seven TDs) and junior RB/LB Logan McGee (6-0, 180/400 yards rushing, six TDs). Two juniors – Zach Brandewie (6-1, 190) and Garrett Eilerman (5-10, 180) – and a sophomore – David Arhns (5-11, 250) – anchor the lines.
Opener: vs Minster 

7. Malvern (10-2, Region 21 Semifinalist)
The Hornets have been to the playoffs five years in a row and should make it six under Head Coach Dave Tucci (97-47 in 13 years at Malvern; 127-67 overall). FB/LB Brady Weber (6-2, 255, sr.) and WR/DB Max Kapron (6-4, 180, sr.) are two-way standouts who will be relied upon heavily. Weber had 105 tackles, 20 TFL and seven sacks a year ago. He also ran for 337 yards and five TDs on 59 carries. Kapron racked up 31 tackles and five interceptions. He also caught 44 passes for 935 yards and eight TDs. Defensively Malvern also brings back RB/SS Marcus Johnson (5-8, 165, sr./73 tackles, 11 TFL), RB/LB Cobin Plessinger (5-10, 175, jr./73 tackles, 11 TFL) and NG Josh Holmes (5-10, 180, sr./84 tackles, 11 TFL). OT/DT Brian Merritt (6-1, 267, sr.) is the teams “best OL” according to Tucci. The big question for Malvern is replacing All-Ohioan Shawn Ball at QB. That job falls on the shoulders of junior Trey Tucci (6-1, 185) who led the Hornets JV to a 6-1 record last year. New to the non-league schedule this year is Berlin Center Western Reserve, who beat Malvern in the regional semifinals last season. 
Opener: vs Hanoverton United

8. Shadyside (9-4, Region 21 Finalist)
The Tigers continue to roll along. A year after making their second state final, Shadyside made the postseason for the 11th time in 12 years and advanced to the regional finals. The Tigers have a good shot at another extended playoff run. Shadyside returns talent at the skill positions on offense in the senior trio of QB Chase Kinemond, WR Cody Hudson and RB Brooks Ramsey. Kinemond accounted for over 1,300 total yards and 23 TDs, while Hudson (also the placekicker) hauled in 28 passes for 563 yards and nine TDs last year. Ramsey rushed for 1,158 yards and eight TDs and set a school single-game rushing record when he carried the ball 37 times for 293 yards and three TDs in a win over Fairfield Christian. On defense, Kinemond anchors the secondary (four INTs) and senior LB D.J. Shoemaker leads the front seven.
Opener: @ Starsburg-Franklin

9. Symmes Valley (10-2, Region 23 Semifinalist)
The Vikings are looking to make the playoffs for the fourth straight time and have hosted regional quarterfinals the last two years. They’d like to take the next step with an extended playoff run and this could be the year. SV will be young, but talented. The Vikings return two 1,000-yard rushers in senior Alec Herrell (5-9, 170/1,321 yards, 12 TDs) and junior D.J. Miller (5-9, 160/1,089 yards, 12 TDs). Junior Tyler Rowe (6-2, 215), who saw action at FB and RB last year (six TDs), moves to QB. Line play will be solid with juniors OL/DL Caleb Holderby (6-1, 225), TE/DL Austin Baldwin (6-4, 225), OL/DL Kyle Wells (6-2, 300) and TE/DE Jacob Graybeal (6-2, 175).  Junior RB/DE Austin Owens (5-11, 185) will impact both sides of the ball as well. SV has three new opponents this season in Reedsville Eastern, Chillicothe Southeastern and Buffalo (WV). Said Webb: “We lost in the second round of the playoffs last season and that left a bad taste in our players mouth. We have used that to have a good winter weight lifting session so far. If the players continue to improve over the summer the way they have in the winter, we feel we can compete.”
Opener: @ Reedsville Eastern

10. Buckeye Central (12-3, State Runner-Up)
Bucks made it all the way to the state final last year before falling
to Marion Local. Head coach Jason Ratliff said this year’s squad will be
young but he hopes the additional days of playoff practice last season
will pay dividends. “We hope that the extra weeks of practice from last
season will help some of our younger kids mature and grow on the playing
field this year,” Ratliff said. The cupboard isn’t bare. Senior RB
Michael Adkins (6-0, 185) returns after rushing for 1,856 yards and 23
TDs. Defense will be the Bucks calling card early with Adkins (73.5
tackles), LB Bryce Christy (5-10, 180, sr./104.5 tackles, 10 TFL), DL
Shawn Kissell (6-3, 300, sr./47 tackles), DB Austin McDonnell (6-3, 175,
sr./53 tackles), LD Chad Trapp (5-10, 170, sr./32 tackles), DB Kameron
Jones (5-10, 170, jr./29 tackles) and LB Alec Baldosser (5-11, 175,
jr./23 tackles) all returning.
Opener: vs New London

More To Watch (Alphabetical Order)

Beallsville (10-3, Region 23 Finalist)
The Blue Devils made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and made it to the regional final for the second time in school history. It was a fitting end to the reign of former head coach David Caldwell who stepped down after 29 seasons. Stepping in is long-time assistant Paul Kanzigg. Kanzigg welcomes back senior QB Teryn Jarrett (6-1, 180) who is a four-year starter. Last year Jarrett threw for 1,422 yards, 16 TDs and just three interceptions.
Opener: @ Conotton Valley

Danville (7-4, Region 23 Quarterfinalist)
The Blue Devils ended a three-year absence from the playoffs and earned the program’s 12th appearance overall. This season they have a great chance of netting No. 13. The Blue Devils will return 18 players that will be three-year lettermen. Included in that group is senior LB Kyle Shultz (6-1, 185) and senior RB/DB Bryce Staats (6-0, 180). Shultz had a team-high 106 tackles last year, while Staats scored TDs rushing and receiving and had seven INTs.
Opener: @ Rittman

Edon (7-4, Region 22 Quarterfinalist)
The Bulldogs return a pair of outstanding WRs in juniors Brock Thiel (5-10, 185) and Connor Hug (5-11, 174). Thiel caught 22 passes for 562 yards (25.5 yards per catch) and six TDs last season, while Hug had 28 receptions for 454 yards and 10 TDs. Hug also returned 22 kickoffs for 603 yards. Senior OL Matt Cook (6-1, 220) anchors the line. The big hurdle is replacing graduated RB Shannon Geren who went for 1,967 yards and 27 TDs last year. 
Opener: @ Antwerp

Fairport Harding (5-5)
The Skippers have only been to the playoffs once in school history (1991), but there’s a lot to like about their chances of reaching Week 11 this season. Senior QB Nic Paolo (6-1, 195) returns after throwing for 1,878 yards and 18 TDs last year. Additional key senior skill players include RB Kyle Burchett (6-1, 190), WR Tyson Lautanen (6-3, 175) and WR Ryan Greenwood (6-1, 170). The OL is anchored by seniors Brian Griffith (5-10, 190) and Logan Dennison (6-0, 180). Burchett, who ran for four TDs and had 21 tackles in one game last year, leads the defense from his LB position. Other key defenders are senior DL Jake Morenz (6-2, 180) and Andrew Jordan (6-5, 205).
Opener: @ Mineral Ridge

Fremont St. Joseph (4-6)
Four of the Crimson Streaks losses last year came to playoff teams. Expect St. Joe’s to be in the mix this year with a strong core of seniors back in WR Jordan Sessler, LB Luke Stierwalt and QB Zack Yeckley. Yeckley threw six TDs in a game last year, four of which went to Sessler. Also back are junior standouts Grant Mercer (DL) and Mitchell Gonyan (LB).
Opener: vs Liberty-Benton

Leipsic (11-2, Region 22 Finalist)
The Vikings made the regional finals and fell to Delphos St. John’s in the closing minutes. Back from that historic run are senior QB Zach Kuhlman (6-2, 170) and senior WR/K Devin Mangas (5-11, 170).  Kuhlman threw for 2,444 yards and 26 TDs last year, while Mangas caught 50 passes for 969 yards and 11 TDs.
Opener: @ Hopewell-Loudon

Lucas (4-6)
The Cubs haven’t had a winning season since 2006 but that should change. Swainhart and Harris offer a tremendous 1-2 punch in the backfield. RB/LB Nick Swainhart (5-11, 185, sr.) ran for 1,447 yards last season and has a chance to become the school’s all-time leading rusher. His 2,409 career yards are 1,259 short of the record. RB/LB Levi Harris (6-2, 185, sr.), who ran for 1,254 yards last season, already owns the school’s single-game rushing (318 yards) and scoring (five TDs) records and could end as the program’s all-time leading tackler. A four-year starter, he has 310 career tackles and needs 135 more to reach the current mark. According to head coach Scott Spitler, development of a young OL and improvement in the secondary are crucial. QB/DB Cole Barrett (6-0, 165, sr.) and DB Alex Sauder (5-8, 165, sr.) should lend support in the defensive backfield, while OT Dalton Dennison (6-2, 265, so.) is one to watch along the OL. Last year he started all 10 games as a freshman. LB Dominick Strassell (5-9, 165, jr.) had 102 tackles last season. Lucas has a new non-league opponent this season in Fredericktown.
Opener: vs Plymouth

Mogadore (7-4, Region 21 Quarterfinalist)
has made the playoffs every year since the postseason format went to
eight teams per region in 1999. Expect the Wildcats to keep the string
alive. Senior RB Gary Strain returns after rushing for 1,335 yards and
15 TDs last year. He also caught 30 passes for 347 yards and five TDs.
Mogadore also returns senior DL Scot Hower (65 tackles, six sacks),
senior OL Joe Callihan and senior WR Kasey Beard (29 rec., 524 yards,
six TDs).  
Opener: vs Mantua Crestwood

Newark Catholic (5-5)
Newark Catholic’s football tradition includes nine State Championships (2007, 1991, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1982, 1978, 1968) and the honor of owning more playoff wins than any other program in state history (63). Senior DB/RB Kevin Bourne (5-10, 180, sr.) is a three-year starter that has 230 career tackles and 10 interceptions. He’s also the Green Wave’s long-snapper and kick returner. Head coach Bill Franks is 83-39 in 10 years at NC.
Opener: vs Columbus Ready

Norwalk St. Paul (6-4)
The Flyers have missed the postseason the last two years (finished ninth both times) and are eager to get back to the postseason. Prior to missing the playoffs in 2010, SP had been to six straight regional finals. Head coach John Livengood (194-56 in 21 years) returns a solid core led by several underclassmen who logged minutes last year due to injury. The senior class is small (just seven) but “filled with good leaders” according to Livengood. One player of note to watch for is junior QB Joe Hinckley. Hinckley (6-0, 175) started at QB as a freshman but missed most of last season with a broken ankle. He’s a dual threat.
Opener: @ St. Mary Central Catholic

Tiffin Calvert (9-3, Region 22 Quarterfinalist)
The Senecas made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last year and won a game (42-20 over Edon) before falling to Delphos St. John’s (35-0). For an encore they’ll try to do it again. LB/RB Dan Kwait (6’1, 215, sr.) is a threat on both sides of the ball (108 tackles; 1,005 yards rushing). Defensively, OL/DL Marcus Somers (6’2, 250, jr./52 tackles), TE/DL Jared Thompson (6’1, 195, sr./46 tackles, six sacks) and LB/QB Tyler Long (6’2, 195, so./56 tackles) will key a unit that will be the team’s strength early. Keep an eye on OL/DL Austin Perry (6’2, 245, jr.). “Defensively, we return seven starters,” head coach Todd Fox (13-9 in two years) said. “Potentially, we could start 10 guys who started somewhere on that side of the ball for multiple games in 2011.”
Opener: vs McComb

Waynesfield-Goshen (7-3)
The Tigers won the Northwest Central Conference last year but were the odd team out in the playoffs, finishing ninth in Region 24. This year W-G has title and postseason aspirations again. Head coach Gary Spencer (42-18 in seven years) welcomes back a solid nucleus that includes first team NWCC performers QB Garret Miller (6’1″, 180, sr.), RB/LB Gabe Hennon (6’1″, 190, sr.), OT/LB Gabe Wilcox (6’3″, 220, jr.) and TE/DE Lee Turner (6’3″, 185, sr.). Wilcox and Turner will anchor lines that have good size. Hennon is back after rushing for 1,150 yards as a junior. Expect junior RB Colton Miller (700 yards) to log carries as well. Three new teams (Fort Loramie, Sidney Lehman Catholic and Troy Christian) join the NWCC this year for football only, which will make repeating harder. The non-league slate is tough with Delphos Jefferson, Fort Recovery and Mechanicsburg.  
Opener: vs Delphos Jefferson

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