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*Brookfield (12-1, Region 13 finalist): The Warriors must replace a strong senior class that led the program to new heights. Another big difference this year is dropping from D-IV to D-VI. Key contributors this season will be senior WR/RB Joe Clark (5’8″, 185/four-year starter, second leading receiver and third leading ball carrier, 12 TDs), senior OL Eric Kusky (6’3, 285/two year starter), senior OL Adam Gann (6’1, 220), senior WR/DB RJ Leon (6′, 170/two way starter) and sophomore DB Tyler Hailey (64 tackles). Head coach Randy Clark is three wins from 50 for his career. Said Clark: “We’re going to be young, but big up front.”
*Columbiana (6-4): The Clippers failed to reach the playoffs for just the third time in 10 years last season. Head coach Bob Spaite (156-103-4 in 25 years) welcomes back four starters on each side of the ball. Key contributors will be senior OL/DL Mike Buzzard (6-2, 175) and senior OL/LB Steve Kurilla (5-11, 190). Buzzard had 92 tackles, 15 TFL and nine sacks last season. Kurilla made 83 tackles.
*Dalton (4-6): The Bulldogs return a pair of standout seniors in QB Jack Burke (5-11, 175) and RB Quentin raines (6-1, 175). Burke threw for 332 yards and three TDs and ran for 417 yards and five TDs last year, while Burke ran for 680 yards and eight TDs.
*Jackson-Milton (0-10): The Blue Jays didn’t win a game last year, but that won’t be the case this season. Jackson-Milton returns 15 starters, including several key senior offensive pieces in QB Jeremy Fitzpatrick, WR Thomas Gatewood and RB Tyler Shaffer. Gatewood caught 42 passes for 876 yards and seven TDs last year, while Shaffer ran for 876 yards and six TDs. Fitzpatrick threw for 1,976 yards and 13 TDs.
*Jeromesville Hillsdale (7-4, Region 19 quarterfinalist): The Falcons have made the playoffs three of the last four years and went 9-1 the season they didn’t reach Week 11. Hillsdale has one of the state’s top small school lineman in senior DE Ryan Bee (6-7, 240). Bee, who holds an offer from Marshall, had 66 tackles, 11 sacks, 11 TFL and three caused fumbles last year. Offensively, junior RB Corbin Mager (5-10, 185) returns after setting the school record for single-season rushing yards (1,572) last year.
*Lisbon David Anderson (2-8): Senior RB Brandon Barnes returns after running for 1,192 yards and 15 TDs last season.
*Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas (9-2, Region 17 quarterfinalist): After making the playoffs for the first time in 23 years in 2011, the Knights achieved back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1983-86. Gone from last year’s team are 15 seniors and 36 rushing TDs. Back, however, is junior QB/DB Anthony Moeglin (6-1, 190) who threw for 1,113 yards and 16 TDs last year. He also made 54 tackles.
*Newton Falls (1-9): Senior QB Brandon Fuller returns after running for 795 yards and passing for 548 last year.
*Salineville Southern (6-4): The Indians have one of the state’s best small school WRs in senior Jared Shilot (6-3, 200) who had 52 catches for a school record 921 yards and eight TDs last year. He scored 11 TDs total.
*South Range (7-3): The Raiders return two of their top three rushers in senior Billy Goodall (5-11, 160/519 yards, five TDs) and junior David McCabe (5-9, 180/408 yards, six TDs). Junior QB Ryan Miller started the last two games last season and threw for 423 yards and five TDs.
*Sugarcreek Garaway (10-1, Region 17 quarterfinalist): Senior LB Logan Wilson (6-2, 195) is one of the state’s best small school defenders. He had 82 tackles, nine TFL and six sacks last season after registering 95 tackles as a sophomore. Wilson also ran for four TDs. Junior WR Jacob Werker (6-1, 165) returns after a stellar sophomore season (18 receptions, 293 yards, five TDs). Junior DB Clay Honigford (6-2, 195) returns after making 62 tackles.
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