A look at some players, teams, programs and news of note for the region…
2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
Region 9 Preview
Keep An Eye On
*Beechcroft (8-2, Region 7 quarterfinalist): The Cougars have one of central Ohio’s top LBs in senior Adonis Davis (6-3, 240). He had 90 tackles, 15 TFL, four sacks, two INTs and two forced fumbles last year.
*Big Walnut (6-4): The Eagles missed the playoffs for just the second time in seven years last season. Senior LB Austin Crow (6-2, 215) returns after making a team-high 102 tackles (seven TFL).
*Brookhaven (7-3): The Bearcats must replace their leading passer, top rusher and top three WRs. The good news? A pair of talented juniors return in RB/QB David Peoples (5-11, 170/415 yards rushing, two TDs) and OL Steffan Banks (6-2, 280). Brookhaven returns five other players that scored a TD last year. Senior Ne’Tronne Backus (5-8, 190/63 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks) anchors the DL.
*Buckeye Valley (7-3): The Barons return senior RB Brad Edmonds (6-1, 190) who ran for 577 yards and six TDs last year. Look for senior RB/LB Cloin Schwartz (5-10, 170/two TDs) to log touches too.
*Carrollton (7-3): The Warriors are an intriguing team. They return a pair of talented juniors in RB/LB Tyler Dodd (6-0, 220) and QB/DB Zade Deitz (6-1, 170). Dodd ran for 942 yards and 12 TDs last year, while Deitz threw for 789 yards and nine TDs and ran for 444 yards and seven TDs.
*Columbus Independence (6-4): The 76ers return one of Columbus’ best senior OL in Akeem Mitchell (6-0, 255). They also have one of the region’s best senior LBs in Iman Lowery (6-1, 175) who had 68 tackles, 13 TFL, four sacks and three INTs last year.
*Dresden Tri-Valley (11-1, Region 7 semifinalist): The Scotties will lean on senior OL/DL Collin Prouty (6-5, 280).
*Eastmoor (6-4): The Warriors return senior LB Cameron Jackson (5-11 188/61 tackles, 10 sacks, nine TFL) and junior P Quincy Colvin (5-10, 210/42 yard average on 30 punts).
*Granville (9-2, Region 11 quarterfinalist): The Blue Aces made the playoffs for the fifth time but failed to win the program’s first postseason victory, falling 27-24 in OT to Dover (which made the state semifinals). Replacing QB David Fraley is key, but the next signal caller will have a trio of stellar WRs to throw to in seniors Ajay Alderman (5-11, 165/43 rec., 846 yards, seven TDs), Brock Hill (6-1, 160/27 rec., 534 yards, nine TDs) and Hunter Orth (6-1, 155/47 rec., 521 yards, five TDs). Alderman has led the team in receiving three years in a row. Senior K/P Bradley Burkholder (5-8, 135) returns.
*Jackson (5-5): The Ironmen return a solid pair of junior receivers in WR/DB Gabe Griffiths (5-11, 191) and TE/LB Reagan Williams (6-3, 230). Williams holds offers from Ohio and Kent State.
*Washington Court House (5-5): The Lions will lean on junior RB Tye Smith (5-10, 165) who was first team All-SCOL last year.
*Whitehall-Yearling (3-7): The Rams have one of Ohio’s most versatile players in senior RB/DB B.J. Upchurch (5-7, 180). Upchurch had 73 tackles, six INTs (returned two for TDs), eight TFL and three sacks as a DB. ON offense he rushed for 556 yards and 10 TDs, had 321 yards and two TDs receiving, and returned two kickoffs for TDs.
*Vinton County (1-9): The Vikings return two All-TVC Ohio players in senior OL Dylan Bartoe and sophomore LB Tim Ousley.
Region 9: Team To Beat
Our favorite to win the Region is….CLICK HERE
Region 9: Teams To Watch
Our favorites to challenge for the Regional title are…..CLICK HERE
Region 9: Also In This Region
Who rounds out the region?….CLICK HERE
D-III Preseason All-Ohio Team
Playoff Teams: Our Predictions
10 Players To Watch