A look at some players, teams, programs and news of note for the region…
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*Amanda-Clearcreek (3-7): The Aces had a string of three straight playoff appearances snapped last year. Can they rebound?
*Bexley (2-8): The Lions return a pair of defensive standouts in senior DL Jacob Olds (6-0, 198) and senior LB Jeff Nicosia (5-11, 189). Olds had 52 tackles, four TFL and two forced fumbles, while Nicosia had 53 tackles.
*Byesville Meadowbrook (3-7): The Colts haven’t had a winning season since 2005 but hopes are high this season. Senior RB Clay Lapp (5-9, 200) returns for his fourth year as a starter with 1,906 career yards and 18 TDs. He only played six games last year. Also back is the standout senior trio of WR Cody Johnston (6-1, 170), OL Justice May (6-0, 250) and LB Caleb Fehrman (5-11, 175).
*Carroll Bloom-Carroll (5-6, Region 15 quarterfinalist): The Bulldogs – once 2-5 – won their last three regular season games (over Circleville, Amanda-Clearcreek and Hamilton Township) last year to earn a spot in the postseason. Senior WR Tyler Sorg (6-2, 180) returns after earning first team All-MSL honors last year. Senior K Dominic Garris (5-10, 150/8-of-11 FGs) is a good one.
*Columbus East (5-5): Senior QB James Curry (5-10, 180) returns after throwing for 900 yards and 12 TDs and rushing for 800 yards and nine TDs. Also back is senior LB Nate Burkes (6-1, 235) who had 75 tackles last year.
*Columbus South (4-6): The Bulldogs have never been to the playoffs. Could they get there this year? Yes. That’s quite a statement for a team that went 0-10 in 2011. The key? Senior RB/LB Deone Linsley (6-0, 200) who rushed for 1,153 yards and 25 TDs last year. He also had 83 tackles, three INTs and three defensive TDs. Also back is senior WR/DB Shaquille Upchurch (5-9, 160) who had 58 tackles, four INTs, 34 receptions, 452 receiving yards and five TDs.
*Heath (4-6): The Bulldogs will lean on senior LB Kameron Herring (5-7, 175/72 tackles, four forced fumbles).
*Newark Licking Valley (7-3): The Panthers return the senior pass-catch combo of QB Grant Garber (6-1, 205/1,008 yards passing, nine TDs) and WR Ty Griffith (6-2, 185).
*Richmond Edison (2-8): Senior QB Nolan Marcus returns after throwing for 1,345 yards and 13 TDs and running for 633 yards and 10 TDs last season. Also back is senior WR Rich Springer who caught 25 passes for 509 yards and six TDs.
*Tuscarawas Valley (3-7): Senior RB Kyle Stewart (6-1, 245) leads the charge after rushing for 772 yards and eight TDs last year. The Trojans also return senior QB Derek Horstman (1,275 yards and nine TDs) and junior WR Jordan Felgenhauer (17 receptions, 300 yards, four TDs).
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