The Hawks were derailed and shocked in the state semifinals last year by
eventual D-IV state champion Clinton-Massie. This season Hartley drops
to D-V. It’s talent doesn’t drop at all.
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*Columbus Hartley (13-1, Region 14 Champions): The Hawks were derailed and shocked in the state semifinals last year by eventual D-IV state champion Clinton-Massie. This season Hartley drops to D-V. It’s talent doesn’t drop at all.
Head coach Brad Burchfield (51-11 at Hartley/82-36 career) returns seven starters on offense and five on defense. Included in that mix is senior DB/WR Alonzo Saxton (5-11, 175) who verballed to Duke over offers from Illinois, Purdue, Toledo, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Another key component is senior DL Kalil Morris (6-3, 275) who has an offer from Ohio Dominican and 105 tackles and 14 sacks the last two seasons.
Offensively, the Hawks will lean on senior QB Jared Brandewie (6-5, 205) who threw for 1,071 yards and 15 TDs last year. Senior RB/LB Sam Mackowiak will get a good chunk of touches after running for 771 yards and 10 TDs. Upfront seniors Austin Kirkbride (5-11, 190), Max Steele (6-0, 250) and Nick Boeriu (6-3, 230) anchor the line.
The schedule is brutal and includes a new Week 2 game with Coldwater. Also on the slate are Marion-Franklin, St. Charles, Watterson, Ironton, Ready and Bishop Luers (Ind.).
Hartley is going for a program-record fourth straight Central Catholic League title.
“Our expectations are always to be able to compete for state championships, and our people understand that is what we are working for,” Burchfield said. “We suffered losses to high profile players a year ago, but return many as well. The quality of the very best programs in Ohio is that they lose very good players every year with very good players waiting in the wings to live up to their legacy when it is their time. We expect to be no different.”
St Charles (0-0)
Perry Traditional Academy (PA) (0-0)
Bishop Watterson (0-0)
Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (IN) (0-0)
Bishop Ready (0-0)