Division IV: Region 14 Overview

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Region 14

Regional breakdown, top players, big games, big names, teams to beat, teams to watch and more…


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Team To Beat

*Clinton-Massie (15-0, D-IV state champions): The Falcons had a
historic season last year. In addition to winning the program’s first
state championship in its first state final, Massie became the first
Ohio school in history to score over 800 points. They finished with 822.
The Falcons, who lost in the 2011 state semifinals (to Kenton), are
looking to earn their 12th straight playoff berth. Senior RB Bayle Wolf
(6-1, 200) returns after rushing for 2,059 yards and 41 TDs last season.
He ran for 1,390 yards and 31 TDs as a sophomore. In last year’s state
final, Wolf tied D-IV finals records for points (30) and TDs (five). He
ran for 220 yards. Other key returnees are…MORE

Teams To Watch

*Alter (8-2-1, Region 12 quarterfinalist): The Knights have
been to the playoff 12 years in a row, but the last two seasons have
suffered disappointing early round exists. This year look for defense to
carry the torch. Alter returns nine All-GCL players, six of which are
defenders. That group is all seniors and includes…MORE

*Carlisle (8-2): The Indians could be dangerous. Carlisle
returns a talented backfield in senior QB Levi Boyer (6-1, 195) and
junior RB Jason Sandlin (5-7, 150). Boyer was the SWBL Buckeye Division
QB of the Year last season after throwing for 1,994 yards and 15 TDs and
running for 554 yards and seven TDs. Sandlin, second team All-SWBL, ran
for 1,090 yards and eight TDs…MORE

*Circleville (6-5, Region 12 quarterfinalist): The Tigers
snapped a four-year playoff drought last year. They should challenge for
back-to-back berths…MORE

*Gallipolis Gallia Academy (9-3, Region 12 semifinalist): The
Blue Devils beat Cincinnati McNicholas in the first round of the
playoffs last year for their first postseason win since 2006 and their
first home postseason win since 2002. For an encore they’ll try to
deliver the program’s 11th playoff berth…MORE

*Miami Trace (6-4): The Panthers are a team to take seriously.
The potential is there. The defense returns seven starters including
standout junior DL Cedric Pettiford (6-4, 195). The offense returns a
three-year starter at quarterback (Jim Stoker), it’s top four running
backs and top two receivers…MORE

*Middletown Fenwick (8-3): The Falcons are coming off a
historic season in which they won the third league title in school
history, beat Alter and made the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
A bitter taste remains, though, after a first round loss at Norwood.
Fenwick returns one of Ohio’s most versatile players in senior RB/WR/DB
Frank Catrine who had 2,389 all-purpose yards (848 rushing, 596
receiving, 804 on kickoff returns) and 22 TDs last year. He also punted
and had 42 tackles and three INTs. In all, Fenwick returns 87-percent of
a backfield that…MORE

*Minford (8-3, Region 15 quarterfinalist): The Falcons
rebounded from a 4-6 finish to make the playoffs for the fifth time in
six seasons. Expectations are high again. Senior OL Jared McCray (6-5,
300) is one of Ohio’s best and has committed to Louisville. He’ll block
for a talented tandem of seniors in QB Cody Stapleton (5-11, 178) and FB
Austin Carter (5-10, 195). Stapleton threw for 844 yards and ran for
178 en route to accounting for 16 TDs last season, while Carter ran for
807 yards and nine TDs. Carter also had 44 tackles and eight TFL at LB.
McCray and Carter were first team All-SOC II. Head coach Brent Daniels
is 45-20 in six seasons. Other key contributors will be…MORE

*Norwood (10-2, Region 16 semifinalist): The Indians made the
playoffs for the first time since 2004 last year and beat Fenwick in the
first round. Norwood returns standout senior QB Andrew Conover (5-11,
175) who threw for 2,137 yards and 25 TDs last year. He also ran for 336
yards and two TDs…MORE

*Urbana (9-2, Region 10 quarterfinalist): New head coach Nick
Marion (a 2007 UHS grad) inherits a team heavy on talent. The
Hillclimbers have won 14 straight Central Buckeye Conference mad River
Division games and three straight conference titles. Junior QB Nathan
Mays (6-3, 185) is a two-time CBC Mad River Player of the Year whose
thrown for over 4,000 yards and 58 TDs in two years. Also back are…MORE

*Valley View (4-6): The Spartans own 16 playoff berths in the
last 21 years but haven’t been to the postseason since 2009. That could
change this year. VV returns seven All-SWBL players including…MORE

*Wyoming (7-3): The Cowboys have enough talent for an extended
run. First team All-Cincinnati Hills League senior QB Will Marty (6-4,
190) returns after throwing for 2,413 yards and 24 TDs. Additional
returning senior All-CHL selections include…MORE

Keep An Eye On

*Batavia (11-1, Region 16 semifinalist): The Bulldogs fell to eventual state champion Clinton-Massie in the regional semis last year.

*Cincinnati McNicholas (7-4, D-III Region 12 quarterfinalist):
The Rockets have been in the playoffs two of the last three years and
will try to make back-to-back appearances from the first time since
2000-01. The challenge is steep. McNick loses 10 All-GCL performers…MORE

*Dayton Oakwood (2-8): The Lumberjacks will
lean on returning All-SWBL QB Max Banke (sr.) and RB Cory Carter (sr.).
Keep an eye on…MORE

*Eaton (6-4): Line play will be strong for the Eagles
who return seniors Steven Ritchie and Tyler Bulach and junior Cole
Howard on the OL and DL. All three were All-SWBL.

*Greenfield McClain (7-3):
The Tigers return senior defensive standouts in LB Chris Sellman,
Greenfield McClain, 5-8, 185) and DB Thomas Schrader (6-2, 195).

*Jonathan Alder (4-5):
The Pioneers had a string of 11 straight playoff appearances snapped
last season. This season Alder ends years of independent status…MORE

*Pomeroy Meigs (3-7): The Marauders will lean on senior RB/DB Devon Cundiff and junior TE/LB Ty Phelps. Both were All-TVC Ohio Division last year.

Also In This Region

Indian Hill (2-8); Monroe (2-8); Springfield Northwestern (5-5); Greenon (1-9); North Bend Taylor (5-5); London (3-7); Dayton Dunbar (5-5); Chillicothe Unioto (5-5)

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