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2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
Region 15 Preview
Team To Beat
*Youngstown Ursuline (8-5, Region 17 finalist): The Irish have
played in five of the last six regional finals and have won four. They
should contend for that plateau again. Senior QB Chris Durkin (6-4, 230)
is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Michigan State.
Teams To Watch
*Akron Manchester (8-4, Region 13 semifinalist): After an 0-2 start
last season, the Panthers rallied to win their 19th PAC title and make
the postseason for the fourth year in a row and 20th time overall.
Expectations are high again. Head coach Jim France enters his 42nd season at the school with a mark of 349-91-3. His latest squad will be led by senior OL Jake Hanzel (6-2, 265) who was first team All-Pac 7 and is one of Ohio’s best small school lineman…MORE
*Beachwood (7-3): The Bison return
standout junior RB Nate Hamilton (5-11, 185) who averaged 12.4 yards
per carry (1,135 yards on 91 carries) and scored nine TDs last year…MORE
*Black River (6-4): The Pirates will lean on senior RB Andrew Vaughn (6-0, 190) who ran for 1,567 yards and scored 122 points last season.
*Columbiana Crestview (11-1, Region 17 regional semifinalist):
The Rebels scored over 50 points nine times last year and had 628
points on the season. Wow is right. Crestview has made the playoffs
eight of the last nine years but is still waiting for its first regional
title. This could be the year. The Rebels…MORE
*Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (3-6): The Lancers will lean on senior LB Parker Berzin (6-2, 225) who had 102 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five fumble recoveries and five blocked Pats as a junior.
*Gates Mills Hawken (9-2, Region 13 quarterfinalist): The Hawks return several talented seniors
in QB/DB Ian Bell (6-2, 175), DL Seth King (5-11, 180), RB/LB Khari
Anderson (6-2, 185) and LB/FB Josh Walters (6-0, 205). Expectations are
*Hanoverton United (6-4): The Eagles and 12-year head coach
Mike Ward (74-47) have their sights set on the program’s second playoff
berth ever. United returns 10 starters on both offense and defense.
Said Ward: “We believe we can be a contender for the (ITC) league title
and a playoff spot.” The headliner is…MORE
*Youngstown Liberty (9-3, Region 13 semifinalist): The Leopards return senior QB/DB Asim Pleas (6-3, 180) who threw for 901 yards and eight TDs and ran for 204 yards and five TDs last year. New head coach…MORE
Keep An Eye On
*Campbell Memorial (6-4): The Red Devils finished ninth in
Region 17 last year. Expect CM to lean heavily on…MORE
*Harrison Central (7-4, Region 15 quarterfinalist): The Huskies will lean on a pair of standout LBs in senior Niko Williams and junior Nate Maykowski.
*Independence (5-5): The
Blue Devils started 4-0 last season before going 1-5 the rest of the
way. Of those losses, four were against playoff teams. Line play will be
a plus with the return of…MORE
*Middlefield Cardinal (6-4):
The Huskies were a young team that played a lot of sophomores last
season. Head coach Eric Cardinal (73-58 in 13 years) says this year’s
rendition will be a “youngish, veteran team.” Key contributors will be…MORE
*Sandy Valley (4-6): The Cardinals return a talented player in senior DL Logan Trbovich (6-3, 190) who had 74 tackles and 14 TFL last season.
*Warren Champion (5-5): The Flashes return senior RB Mike Cyrus who ran for 1,050 yards and 16 TDs last season.
*Warrensville Heights (1-9):
The Tigers drop all the way down from D-III. Their schedule, however,
remains top heavy with…MORE
*Wickliffe (3-7): The Blue Devils have a good one in senior junior RB Tiontay Phillips (5-9, 190) who ran for 1,158 yards and 13 TDs last year.
Also In This Region
Grand Valley Orwell (7-3); Pymatuning Valley (4-6); East Palestine (2-8); Garrettsville Garfield (4-6); Navarre Fairless (3-7); Canton Central Catholic (4-6); Girard (1-9); LaBare (1-9); Lutheran West (5-5); Massillon Tuslaw (6-4)
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