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2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
Region 21 Preview
Team To Beat
*Newark Catholic (12-3, D-VI state runner-up): The Green Wave own nine state titles and nearly had No. 10 last year (lost 28-21 to Marion Local). Don’t fret Green Wave fans. There’s enough talent returning to produce a return trip to the state final (which would be the school’s 15th). Senior QB Chayce Crouch (6-4, 219) has committed to Illinois. Crouch threw for 2,077 yards and 18 TDs last season and ran for 500 yards and 11 TDs. He also caught seven passes for 126 yards. Protecting Crouch will be a veteran line of seniors…MORE
Teams To Watch
*Bellaire (8-3, Region 17 quarterfinalist): The Big Reds snapped a five-year absence from the playoffs last year and beat rival Martins Ferry for the first time in six years. This season look for them to contend for a Week 11 win and more. Sound familiar? Bellaire will rally around a standout QB-WR duo in seniors Spencer Badia (5-9, 175) and Nick Patrone (5-9, 160)…MORE
*Beverly Fort Frye (10-1, Region 17 quarterfinalist): The Cadets earned the school’s first playoff berth since 2000 and second ever last season before falling to Kirtland in the regional quarters. Expect another run – and maybe a longer one. In addition to returning four of five OL starters, the Cadets bring back…MORE
*Columbus Ready (7-3, Region 14 quarterfinalist): The Silver Knights are poised for a big run. Where to start? Senior OL/DL Brady Taylor (6-5, 267) is one of the state’s top line prospects regardless of class and owns over 20 offers including Kentucky, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Illinois, South Florida, Boston College, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The offense is led by…MORE
*Lucasville Valley (12-1, Region 19 finalist): The Indians will lean heavily on senior RB Nate Arnett (6-0, 200) who ran for 1,214 yards and 10 TDs last season. Also back are…MORE
Keep An Eye On
*Barnesville (4-6): Senior LB David Brown (5-10, 235,) was first team 3A All-OVAC last year.
*Belpre (4-6): The Eagles rebounded from a 1-5 start to win three fo their last four. Can they carry the momentum?…MORE
*Centerburg (5-5): The Trojans will lean heavily on the play of senior QB Tyler Stoyle who threw for 1,889 yards and 18 TDs last season. He threw for 1,597 yards and 13 TDs as a sophomore…MORE
*Chillicothe Huntington (5-5): Former Miami Trace assistant Alan Preston takes over a Hunstsmen’s program that is coming off a dramatic turnaround. Under former head coach…MORE
*Columbus Academy (5-5): The Vikings will lean on senior DE Charlie Waters (6-4, 200).
*Dawson-Bryant (6-4, Region 19 quarterfinalist): The Hornets return a trio of standout juniors in OL/DL Austen Pleasants (6-5, 290), LB/FB Tanner Murphy (5-11, 215) and RB/DB Isaiah Gunther (5-8, 165).
*Fredericktown (5-5): After a state semifinal appearance in 2010, the Freddies have put together back-to-back 5-5 finishes. Junior QB Austin Hathaway returns after throwing for 1,069 yards and seven TDs and rushing for 681 yards and nine TDs…MORE
*Grandview Heights (5-5): The Bobcats return senior TE/DE/P standout Tim Murphy (6-2, 210).
*Hannibal River (7-4, Region 23 quarterfinalist): The Pilots will lean on senior RB/LB Jordan Sapp (5-11, 170) who ran for 814 yards and eight TDs last season. He also had 63 tackles. Defensively, line play will be a strength with the return of…MORE
*Howard East Knox (5-5): The Bulldogs return some nice talent, including senior DB Colton Rebel (6-3, 195) who had seven INTs and 39 tackles as a junior. Also back?…MORE
*Monroe Central (7-3): Senior LB Mike Jones (5-11, 175) and junior RB/CB Levi Brown were 3A All-OVAC last year.
*Nelsonville-York (7-3): The Buckeyes missed the playoffs for just the second time in 10 years last season.
*Oak Hill (9-3, Region 19 semifinalist): After going just 2-8 in 2011, the Oaks earned the program’s third playoff berth in four years last season. Back from that team is senior DE/TE Justin Dickens (6-5, 200) who was the SOC-I Lineman of the Year last season. Other key returners are…MORE
*Old Washington Buckeye Trail (4-6): Junior QB Morgan Dougherty (6-1, 180) returns after being first team 3A All-OVAC last season…MORE
*Stewart Federal Hocking (6-4): The Lancers will lean on returning All-TVC Hocking Division selections and seniors Delbert Crum (RB/LB) and Peyton Seel (LB/RB).
*West Lafayette Ridgewood (6-4): The Generals return senior RB/DB Garrett Bethel (5-9, 180) who had 762 yards and 11 TDs last season. He also made 78 tackles.
Also In This Region
Berne Union (1-9), Shenandoah (0-10), Crooksville (4-6), Galion Northmor (2-8), Cardington-Lincoln (3-7)
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