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*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. Junior FB/LB Patrick Britton (5-10, 165) is one to watch.
*Columbus Africentric (0-10): The Nubians return senior QB Trevonn Potts (5-10, 175) who threw for 1,665 yards and 19 TDs last year.
*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 named All-TVC Hocking Division last year.
*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 deeper than we have been in past years, but we will still be playing several young players. We have some newcomers who should really shine in our offense.” A couple of those are junior RB Ben Kerns (5-11, 185), sophomore TE Jacob Burley (6-3, 215) and big WR Derrick Stoughton (6-3). Adding experience is senior OL Luke Schmelzer (6-0, 235), junior K Nick Klitzka (5-11, 175) and senior TE Josh Evans (6-2, 210). Defensively, Evans (32 tackles, eight TFL), and Kerns (61.5 tackles) headline the charge. The schedule, which includes Newark Catholic, Symmes Valley, Columbus Ready and Buckeye Valley, is difficult.
*Racine Southern (4-6): The Tornadoes are a team to watch with the return of three All-TVC Hocking Division selections in seniors RB/LB Tyler Barton (5-11, 175), DL/OL Casey Pickens and RB/LB Trenton Deem (5-9, 185).
*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 senior RB Ethan Spurlock and senior DE Jacob White.
*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. Hensel doubles as a pounding RB (468 yards rushing and two TDs on 68 carries). Senior LB/RB Landry Hostetler (6-1, 195) also returns after making 56 tackles. He ran for three TDs.
*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 junior WR Michael Teater (5-11, 160/22 receptions, 281 yards, three TDs).
*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).
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