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2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
Region 25 Preview
Team To Beat
*Glouster Trimble (10-2, Region 23 semifinalist): Led by a suffocating defense, the Tomcats had a remarkable run last year losing only to West Virginia state champion Wahama and Ohio D-VI state runner-up Newark Catholic. Trimble allowed 79 points in 12 games and had six straight shutouts in weeks 4-9. Back from that unit is reigning Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division Defensive Player of the Year…MORE
Teams To Watch
*Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy (8-3, Region 23 quarterfinalist): The Knights are coming off the program’s second playoff appearance ever (and in three years). Expectations are at an all-time high with the return of the team’s leading rusher, passer and receiver. Senior RB Ben Tobin (5-11, 205) is back after putting up staggering numbers (2,942 yards and 31 TDs on 343 carries) as a junior. He had 3,179 all-purpose yards. Senior QB Collin Young (6-2, 230) also returns after throwing for…MORE
*Malvern (10-2, Region 21 semifinalist): The Hornets return one of the state’s best small school backfield in senior RB Cobin Plessinger (5-11, 185) and senior QB Trey Tucci (6-3, 205). Plessinger ran for…MORE
*Shadyside (Region 21 quarterfinalist): The Tigers will feature a solid defense led by senior OL/DL Cory Banco (6-2, 295), junior DL Scot Hammond (6-1, 175), junior DL Eric Howell (6-2, 195) and junior LB Austin Dorris (6-5, 215)…MORE
*Steubenville Catholic Central (6-5, Region 21 quarterfinalist): The Crusaders snapped a four-year absence from the playoffs last year. Expect them to compete for a return trip. Senior QB Brenton Colabella (6-2, 185) returns for his fourth year as a starter. As a junior he threw for 2,484 yards and 28 TDs. Colabella already owns SCC records for…MORE
Keep An Eye On
*Beallsville (5-5): Senior OL/DL Dalton Sechrest (6-1, 265) is a two-way standout.
*Bridgeport (2-8): The Bulldogs lost just three seniors from last year’s team…MORE
*Columbus Africentric (0-10): The Nubians return senior QB Trevonn Potts (5-10, 175) who threw for…MORE
*Corning Miller (1-9): Shoring up a defense that allowed 496 points last year is a must for the Falcons. Senior QB Garrett Smith and senior OL/DL Stephen McGrath return after being…MORE
*Lancaster Fisher Catholic (3-7): The Irish, former state runners-up (1998), are looking for their first winning season since capping four straight playoff berths in 2006. Head coach Tony Hurps (5-15 in two years) expects improvement. “There’s some excitement that hasn’t been here of late with a very strong young group of kids and increased numbers,” Hurps said. “We should be…MORE
*Racine Southern (4-6): The Tornadoes are a team to watch with the return of three All-TVC Hocking Division selections in…MORE
*Reedsville Eastern (6-4): The Eagles return senior standout OL Wyatt Westfall (6-1, 235).
*South Gallia (2-8): The Rebels, a playoff team in 2011, have two of southeast Ohio’s top small school players in…MORE
*Strasburg-Franklin (2-8): The Tigers have a pair of standout senior DLs in Evan Hensel (5-11, 185) and Tommy Addy (6-1, 215). Hensel had 59 tackles and 10 sacks last year., while Addy had 56 tackles and five sacks…MORE
*Symmes Valley (8-3, Region 23 quarterfinalist): The Vikings return three senior standouts in DL Jacob Easthom (5-11, 250), LB Tyler Rowe (6-3, 215) and DB D.J. Miller (5-11, 185).
*Tuscarawas Central Catholic (4-6): The Saints return junior WR Cade Cummings (6-2, 185) who caught 49 passes for 801 yards and 13 TDs last year. TCC also returns…MORE
*Zanesville Rosecrans (8-4, Region 23 semifinalist): The Bishops return two extremely talented juniors in DB Cameron Roberts (6-2, 165) and QB Adrick Cronin (6-2, 175).
Also In This Region
Canal Winchester Harvest Prep (6-4); Millersport (0-10); Grove City Christian (5-5); New Matamoras Frontier (4-6); Waterford (2-8); Caldwell (2-8); Bellaire St. John Central (4-6); Conotton Valley (5-5); Toronto (3-7)
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