Region 17: Keep an eye on Fairland, Portsmouth, Piketon, Zane Trace, Westfall…

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Region 17

A look at some players, teams, programs and news of note for the region…


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Keep An Eye On

*Chillicothe Zane Trace (4-6): Despite a sub-.500 record, the Pioneers were close to the playoffs last year (finished ninth in Region 15). Senior RB Collin Swackhammer (5-11, 195) will log plenty of carries. Keep an eye on sophomore linebacker Truman Love who had 102 tackles as a freshman.

*Mount Gilead (2-8): The Indians return senior WR/DL Michael Bland (6-2, 200) who had TDs receiving, rushing and passing last season. He also had 54.5 tackles, 14.5 TFL and four sacks.

*Piketon (9-3, Region 15 semifinalist): The Redstreaks return a good one in senior LB/RB Jeremy Farmer (6-3, 200). Farmer ran for 205 yards and eight TDs and caight 32 passes for 533 yards and three TDs. He also made 118 tackles.

*Portsmouth (1-9): The Trojans return three All-SEOAL performers in senior QB/DB Brandon Wedebrook (5-10, 160), senior RB/LB Johnie Charles (5-7, 180) and junior WR/DB Alex Dickerson (6-2, 175).

*Proctorville Fairland (5-5): The Dragons could push for the program’s third playoff berth ever and first since 2003.  Junior QB Chance Short (6-2, 165) returns after throwing for 889 yards and 10 TDs. Senior WR Kyle Sowards (5-10, 160) caught 21 passes for 354 yards and four TDs and also ran for two TDs last season. Junior RB Nick Campbell (5-9, 165) was the team’s second-leading rusher last year (512 yards and eight TDs) and scored 11 TDs. Defensively, Fairland returns eight players who had at least 40 tackles last year, including junior LB Dylan Murphy (6-2, 160/104 tackles), senior DE Darren Bishop (5-10, 165/88 tackles, 13 TFL, nine sacks).

*Westfall (9-2, Region 16 quarterfinalist): The Mustangs lost one of the program’s best players ever with the graduation of QB Trent Williamson (accounted for over 100 career TDs). Westfall will also have a new coach this year as Brian Spicer assumes control. Spicer was 12-28 the last four years as the head coach at Hillsboro.

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Region 17: Team To Beat

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Region 17: Teams To Watch

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Region 17: Also In This Region

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