A look at some players, teams, programs and news of note for the region…
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*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? Junior RB Manney Tullius (5-9, 140) was All-TVC
Hocking Division last season.
*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. Junior RB/DB Jeremy Sesma (5-10, 170) returns
after rushing for 558 yards and five TDs. He also had three TD catches
and three INTs.
*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 Wade
Bartholomew (now at Gallia Academy), Huntington snapped a 37-game losing
streak last year and finished .500.
*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
*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. He also had a 35.5 punting average and made 34 tackles on D.
*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 senior DL
Brett Rosen (5-9, 215/74 tackles, 12 TFL), senior DL Brandon Reusser
(5-11, 180/45 tackles, 10 TFL) and senior DB Bryce Cross (6-0, 180/85
tackles). return junior kicker Colton Wright (6-1, 150) who connected on
35 Pats and three FGs last year.
*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?
Senior RB Dylan Wears (5-10, 200/613 rushing yards, 12 total TDs) and
senior DL Hayden Freeze (6-1, 210/60 tackles, seven TFL, three fumble
*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 seniors Mason Waugh (LB/G, 5’9,
190), Garrin Stiltner (SS/RB, 5’9, 185), Josh Williams (DT/RB, 5’6,
145) and Brandon Adkins (DT/T, 5’8, 275); juniors Johnathon Harrison
(CB/W, 5’8, 145) and Griffen Jenkins (NG/T, 5’9, 285); and sophomores
Willy Harris (FS/RB, 5’10, 150) and Matt Gilliland (LB/FB,5’10, 200).
The schedule is the same as last year. “After a conference title and a
playoff win, we must replace a strong senior class that led us on and
off the field,” head coach Nathan Dugan said. “I’m very interested to
see how some of the younger players develop. We had freshmen and
sophomores who played last season and performed very well, in addition
to having a 7-1 junior varsity team. We look to be a more balanced team
this season as opposed to the run dominance of last year.”
*Old Washington Buckeye Trail (4-6):
Junior QB Morgan Dougherty (6-1, 180) returns after being first team 3A
All-OVAC last season. Senior OL/DL Cory Cutlip (6-1, 265) anchors the
lines. Senior FB/LB Codey Kimble (5-10, 200) is a good one.
*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.
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