2012 Division III Football Overview

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Division III Overview

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2012 Division III Football Overview

PRESEASON DIVISION III ALL-OHIO TEAM (COMING IN JULY)

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REGION 9 (Preview Released 7/10)

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Team To Beat
* 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. Expect 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.

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10 Players To Watch
1. Tommy Iammarino, QB, sr., Chagrin Falls: Three-year starter accounted for 24 TDs last year
2. John Stepec,LB, sr. Lake Catholic: Made 80 tackles, including 28 TFL & 12 sacks, last year
3. Marshall Howell, WR, sr., Benedictine: Holds MAC offers; 900 all-purpose yards last year
4. A.J. Branisel, TE, sr. NDCL: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is committed to Cincinnati
5. Zach Hofecker, LB, sr. Firelands: Registered 129 tackles last season
6. Jordan Hargrove, WR, sr., Akron SVSM: Had 51 receptions for 910 yards & 13 TDs last year
7. Kevin Smith, RB, sr., University: Ran for 1,125 yards adn 15 TDs as a junior
8. Matt McGlone, WR, sr., Norton: Caught 56 passes for 756 yards & seven TDs last year
9. Darshawn James, RB, sr., Akron Hoban: Ran for 1,269 yards and seven TDs as a junior
10. Elijah Bell, LB, sr., Buchtel: Made 115 tackles and scored 15 TDs last year

Top Games
Benedictine @ Steubenville, Aug. 31 (Week 2)
Chagrin Falls @ NDCL, Aug. 31 (Week 2)
Hartley @ Akron Hoban, Sept. 14 (Week 4)
Aurora at Chagrin Falls, Sept. 14 (Week 4)
Mooney at Lake Catholic, Sept. 21 (Week 5)
Akron SVSM @ Massillon, Oct. 19 (Week 9)

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REGION 10 (Preview Released 7/11)

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Team To Beat
* 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.”

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10 Players To Watch
1. Brad Smith, RB, sr., Clyde: SBC POY ran for 2,148 yards & 26 TDs as junior
2. Thomas Glick, LB, sr., Clyde: Reigning Northwest District Defensive Player of the Year
3. Alex Perrine, QB, sr., DeSales: Threw for 1,123 yards and nine TDs last year
4. Quentin Poling, LB, sr., Elida: Holds MAC offers; Had 200 tackles, 26 TFL as junior
5. Daivon Barrow, DB, sr., Eastmoor: Had 86 tackles, including 14 TFL, last year
6. Nathan Mays, QB, so., Urbana: Threw for 2,000 yards, 27 TDs & four INTs as frosh
7. Jalen Santoro, QB, sr., Bellevue: Eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing & passing last year
8. Colin Bacon, QB, sr., Bryan: Three-Time NWOAL selection; Accounted for 25 TDs
9. Isaiah Turner, LB, sr., Whitehall: Had 70 tackles, 20 TFL & 12 sacks as junior
10. Tanner Lawrence, RB, sr., Urbana: Four-year starter has 2,323 career yards & 26 TDs

Top Games
Tiffin Columbian @ Clyde, Aug. 24 (Week 1)
Spg. Shawnee @ Urbana, Sept. 7 (Week 3)
Elida @ Ottawa-Glandorf, Oct. 5 (Week 7)
DeSales at Watterson, Oct. 12 (Week 8)
Marion-Franklin @ Eastmoor, Oct. 19 (Week 9)
Jonathan Alder @ Watterson, Oct. 26 (Week 10)

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REGION 11 (Preview Released 7/12)

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Team To Beat
* 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.

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10 Players To Watch
1. Courtney Love, LB, sr., Mooney: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is committed to Nebraska
2. Marcus McWilson, DB, sr., Mooney: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is committed to Nebraska
3. Robert Hayden, LB, jr., Steubenville: Had 47 tackles as freshman & 50 last year
4. Jake Riley, LB/RB, sr., Minerva: Ran for 1,225 yards & 15 TDs last year, added 85 tackles
5. Tate Leavitt, OL, sr., Sheridan: Owns several MAC offers
6. Dymonte Thomas, RB/DB, sr., Marlington: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is committed to Michigan
7. David Fraley, QB, sr., Granville: Three-year starter; 1,969 yards in seven games last year
8. Drew McArtor, RB, sr., Licking Valley: Has run for 1,300 and 1,500 yards the last two years
9. Tyler Peterson, WR, sr., Claymont: 162 receptions, 2,245 yards & 22 TDs the last two years
10. Brock Macaulay, OL, sr., West Holmes: Potential TE/DE recruit has several MAC offers

Top Games
Mooney @ St. Ignatius, Aug. 25 (Week 1)
Steubenville @ Massillon, Sept. 21 (Week 5)
Granville @ Licking Valley, Sept. 21 (Week 5)
Akron SVSM @ Northwest, Sept. 28 (Week 6)
Minerva @ Marlington, Oct. 5 (Week 7)
Dover @ New Philadelphia, Oct. 26 (Week 10)

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REGION 12 (Preview Released 7/13)

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Team To Beat
* Alter (10-1, Region 12 Quarterfinalist):
The Knights have won 74 games the last six years and own two state titles and four regional titles during 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 fill the void. Duncan is in just his third year of organized football but has impressed all summer on the camp circuit.

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10 Players To Watch
1. Malik Zaire, QB, sr. Alter: ND recruit ran & passed for over 1,000 yards last year
2. Greg Hart, TE, sr., Alter: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is committed to Nebraska
3. Alex McCrory, RB, sr., Shawnee: Two-time first team All-CBC performer; 1,600 yards
4. Derritt Potts, RB, Sr. Jonathan Alder: Rushed for 1,538 yards last year
5. Nick Smith, K, sr., Jonathan Alder: Regarded as Ohio’s top kicker by most
6. Denzzel Norvell, RB, sr., Marshall: Ran for 1,800 yards & 30 TDs as junior
7. Will Marty, QB, jr., Wyoming: Threw for 2,054 yards and 19 TDs last year
8. Leo Montgomery, RB, sr., Dunbar: Ran for 15 TDs as a junior
9. Ty Warnimont, WR, jr. Gallia Academy: Earned first team All-SEOAL honors last year
10. Jordan Huggins, DB, sr., Shawnee: All-CBC selection picked off five passes last year

Top Games
Troy @ Shawnee, Aug. 31 (Week 2)
Dunbar @ Trotwood-Madison, Aug. 31 (Week 2)
Clinton-Massie @ Jonathan Alder, Sept. 7 (Week 3)
Marshall @ Eastmoor, Sept. 7 (Week 3)
Marshall @ Jonathan Alder, Oct. 5 (Week 7)
Chaminade Julienne @ Alter, Oct. 26 (Week 10)

 

 

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