Division V: Region 16 Overview


Region 16

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Team To Beat

*Norwayne (13-1, Region 13 champions): The Bobcats are on quite a
run under head coach Joe Harbour who is 41-10 in four years at the
school and 27-2 the last two. Although Norwayne failed to defend its
D-IV state title last year, it did reach the state semifinals.
Impressive for a program that hadn’t even won a playoff game until 2010.
Expect Norwayne to compete for another trip to Stark County…MORE

Teams To Watch

*Archbold (8-3, Region 18 quarterfinalist): The Blue Streaks
made the playoffs for the fourth time in six seasons last year thanks in
part to the play of QB Evan Wyse. The good news?  He’s back. A senior,
Wyse (6-0, 180) threw for 2,446 yards and 19 TDs last season. He ran for
917 yards and 17 TDs…MORE

*Coldwater (15-0, D-IV State Champions): The
Cavaliers have been in four straight state finals and own the state’s
longest current playoff streak (16 seasons). Both runs are in jeopardy.
Coldwater graduated a talented senior class that left plenty of holes,
but talent does remain…MORE

*Collins Western Reserve (8-3, Region 18 quarterfinalist):
The Roughriders have been to the playoffs two of the last three years
and are looking to make it back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.
Odds are good…MORE

*Columbia Station Columbia (10-2, Region 18 semifinalist):
The Raiders are riding the momentum of the best season in school
history. Last year, Columbia won the Patriot Athletic Conference title
outright, hosted its first-ever playoff game and won its first-ever
playoff game (39-34 over Archbold). A solid core returns from that squad
led by the conductor – senior QB/DB Jay Banyasz (6-3, 180)…MORE

*Elyria Catholic (6-4):
The Panthers had their ups and downs last season and ultimately failed
to reach the postseason. The expectations haven’t diminished. This
year’s team should contend for the program’s 15th playoff berth and
beyond. . Senior QB Jeremy Holley (6-5, 210) returns for his third year
under center. He played in just three games last year (tossed 10 TDs)
after throwing for 21 TDs as a sophomore. Also back…MORE

*Huron (6-4):
The Tigers will be led by senior QB Cody Thompson (6-2, 180) who is
coming off a season in which he threw for 1,574 yards and 14 TDs and ran
for 1,001 yards and 15 TDs. Thompson has committed to Toledo…MORE

*Liberty-Benton (12-2, D-V state semifinalist):
The Eagles made a remarkable run to their third state semifinal
appearance in school history last season before being derailed by
Coldwater. Senior WR Chase Cook (6-0, 170) returns after catching 54
passes for 1,020 yards and 14 TDs (school record) as a junior. He also
had a punt return for a TD and a 102-yard INT return for a TD…MORE

*Liberty Center (8-3, Region 18 quarterfinalist):
The Tigers have one of the state’s best two-way lineman in senior OL/DL
Nick Demaline (6-4, 285) who has earned first team All-NWOAL honors the
last two seasons on both sides of the ball. He’s accounted for 83
tackles and eight sacks the last two years. Also back…MORE

*Loudonville (8-3, Region 19 quarterfinalist): The
Redbirds snapped a 12-year postseason drought by making the 2012
playoffs. A 24-0 loss to Bucyrus Wynford in the regional quarterfinals
should ignite expectations. Senior RB/LB Ryan Weber (6-0, 210) and
junior RB Kolton Edmondson are two reasons hopes are high…MORE

*Marion Pleasant (7-3):
The Spartans missed the playoffs for the third time in four years last
season, but expectations have not changed for a program that owns 19
postseason berths and three state titles. “We were very young a year ago
and will be returning a lot of experience and depth,” Head Coach Aaron
Cook (25-7 in three years) said. “Our seniors are great leaders and the
underclassman are a great supporting cast. We always have high
expectations and goals at Pleasant and this year is no different.”…MORE

*West Salem Northwestern (8-3, Region 13 quarterfinalist):
The Huskies have a good one in senior RB/LB Tyler Smith (5-8, 180). A
four-year starter, Smith is looking for his third straight 1,000-yard
season rushing. He accounted for 25 TDs last year…MORE

Keep An Eye On

*Milan Edison (6-4): The Chargers have a lot of talent returning at the skill positions, but must replace an OL that helped set the school’s single-season rushing record last year. Key returning seniors

*Orrville (1-9): The Red Riders are looking for the program’s 600th win. Orrville is at 597 and counting.

*Ottawa-Glandorf (12-1, Region 14 finalist): The Titans have several holes to fill from last year’s epic run, but they do return two All-Western Buckeye League seniors in LB Cody Alt (6-2, 185) and RB Brad Racer (5-9, 215).

*Pemberville Eastwood (5-5): The Eagles return a talented cast that includes five first or second team All-Northern Buckeye Conference selections, including seniors Brent Schlumbohn (RB) and Shane Vance (OL) and juniors Grant Geiser (LB), Devin Snowden (DB) and Brennan Seifert (P).

*Swanton (0-10): The Bulldogs have won five games in four years. Senior DB Brady Hartlett (5-10, 170) returns after being named All-NWOAL.

Also In This Region

Wellington (4-6); Van Wert (1-9); Waynedale (0-10); Doylestown Chippewa (1-9); Paulding (0-10); Castalia Margaetta (3-7); Delta (2-8); Willard (4-6); Marion Elgin
(4-6); Bucyrus (4-6)

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