Region 13 Teams To Watch: Watterson, Johnstown, Philo, Steubenville look to contend

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Region 13

A look at those teams we think will challenge for the top spot in the region.


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Teams To Watch

*Columbus Watterson (7-4, region 10 quarterfinalist): The Eagles have missed the playoffs just three times in 21 years. Expect another postseason trip. Head coach Dan Bjelac (80-37 in 10 years) said Watterson is looking forward to continuing its “great tradition” and “excited about the challenges” that provides. The Eagles return a solid trio of senior RBs in Walter Green (5-6, 155/754 yards, eight TDs), DeAndre Golden (5-9, 189/408 yards) and Cody Calhoun (5-11, 195/362 yards).  Key receiving threats return in senior WRs Ryan Urquhart (5-10, 175) and Patrick Roark (6-2, 188) and senior TE Alec Greene (6-3, 222). Junior K Michael Harper (5-11, 155) is a nice weapon (29 PATs, hit 5-of-6 FGs). Defensively, senior DE Kyle Fada (6-2, 252/46 tackles), senior DL John Bogue (6-1, 260/59 tackles), Calhoun (51 tackles), Urquhart (43 tackles) and Roark (36 tackles) return. Other key contributors will be senior HB Jacob Graham (5-10, 205), senior OL Nate DiPalma (6-0, 223), senior FB Evan Woosely (5-9, 178), junior HB Jack Haley (5-9, 214) and junior DB Bena Kaminski (5-11, 189). The schedule is tough again with games against Walnut Ridge, Mason, Walsh Jesuit, Winton Woods, LaSalle, Hartley, DeSales, St. Charles and Jonathan Alder.

*Johnstown-Monroe (10-3, Region 15 finalist): The Johnnies have played in two straight regional finals. Three straight isn’t out of the question. Junior RB Cody Farley (5-11, 180) leads the charge after rushing for 1,792 yards and 17 TDs last season. Senior TE/DE Clayton Bullard (6-4, 200) is one of Ohio’s small school best. He had 123 tackles last year, including 20 TFL. Senior K/P Charles Benton (6-4, 200) has connected on 101 of 115 career PATs. The Johnnies return four starters on offense and six on defense. Several players from an undefeated reserve team are expected to contribute.

*Philo (7-3): The Electrics were close last year. Two straight losses to end the season (and two 2-point losses) kept Philo from earning the program’s fifth postseason berth and first since 1995. The Electrics are 0-4 in the playoffs, but that could change this season. Expectations have grown for a program that raised funds and independently paid for new field turf at Sam Hatfield Stadium in the offseason. The excitement is real – and for good reason. Head coach and alumnus Dirk Lincicome (19-11 in three years) returns a solid cast that includes senior QB/DB Zak Sheridan (5-9, 160/12 TDs rushing), senior RB/DB/P Nathan Delozier (5-10, 170/39.3 yards per punt) and senior TE/DE Chase Hambel (6-4, 235/11 sacks). Other key players are seniors Hunter Smith (WR/DB, 5-9, 165), Luke Miller (WR/DB, 5-9, 165), Casey Mayle (OL/DL, 5-11, 220), Connor Church (OL/DL, 6-0, 220) and Andrew Dorman (TE/DL, 6-4, 215). The Electrics will play their first game on their new turf in Week 2 against new non-league opponent Licking Valley.

*Steubenville (9-3, Region 11 semifinalist): Big Red will be led by senior DB Robert Harden (6-1, 190). A four-year starter, Harden had 47 tackles, including 12 TFL last year. He had 52 tackles as a sophomore and 47 as a freshman.

*Wintersville Indian Creek (9-2, Region 11 quarterfinalist): The Redskins have been in the playoffs back-to-back seasons (and three times overall), but are still looking for their first postseason win. Indian Creek will rally around the senior RBs Blake Roar (5-11, 190/417 yards, eight TDs) and Tran Huynh (5-9, 160/561 yards, seven TDs). Junior LB Zach Connor (6-1, 215) leads the defense.

*Zanesville Maysville (9-2, Region 11 quarterfinalist): The Panthers are coming off the school’s first playoff berth and return a dynamite 1-2 punch in senior RB Jordan Hayes (5-11, 200) and senior WR C.J. Harris (6-0, 195). 

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Region 13: Team To Beat

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Region 13: Keep An Eye On

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Region 13: Also In This Region

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