Region 8 Teams To Watch: Columbian, Elida, Lake Catholic, Norwalk & Napoleon hopes high

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Region 8

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


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Teams To Watch

*Elida (8-3, Region 10 quarterfinalist): The Bulldogs fell 19-14 to eventual state runner-up Bellevue in the first round of the playoffs. Elida features one of Ohio’s top DL prospects in senior Chance Weitz (6-3, 250) who has committed to Bowling Green. Weitz had 72 tackles, 20 TFL, seven sacks, two forced fumbles and an INT return for a TD last year.

*Mentor Lake Catholic (6-4): The Cougars missed the playoffs for just the second time in 14 years last season. Senior QB Dylan Bell (6-1, 180) returns after throwing for 273 yards and two TDs in five appearances under center last year. Bell also ran for a TD and caught a TD pass. Senior Brett Zimmerman (5-9, 165/580 yards rushing, three TDs) is the team’s leading returning rusher. Lake Catholic does return its top two WRs in seniors Anthony Christopher (5-10, 185/12 receptions, 123 yards) and Pat Fitzgerald (6-3, 160/six receptions, 137 yards, two TDs). On defense, Christopher (four INTs, four fumble recoveries) doubles as an outstanding DB.

*Napoleon (11-1-1, Region 10 finalist): The Wildcats will build around a pair of standout senior DLs in Bryant Schlade, Napoleon (6-0, 191) and Sam Walker (5-10, 176). Schlade doubles as a reliable RB. Also back are seniors Zach Fielder (TE) and Anson Lankeneau (LB).

*Norwalk (7-3): Securing their first winning season since 1977 in 2011, the Truckers are 14-6 the last two years. Graduation took its toll, but talent remains. Look for senior QB/DB Jordan Johnson to take over under center after catching 20 passes for 607 yards and six TDs last year. Johnson also completed all three of his pass attempts for TDs and ran for two TDs. Junior RB Breck Turner (6-1, 185) is coming off a season in which he ran for 977 yards and 14 TDs. Junior DB Jared Cook (6-1, 185) returns after making 79 tackles (seven TFL) last season.

*Tiffin Columbian (11-1, Region 6 semifinalist): The Tornadoes have been to the playoffs 10 of the last 13 years. Expect them to make it 11 in 14. “We return a great nucleus from a 10-0 team,” Head Coach Brian Colatruglio (32-6 in three years at TC/116-34 overall) said. “We are very big and athletic on the offensive and defensive lines and have good depth at running back and defensive back. The concern will be with the passing game (new QB and all new WRs).” Upfront, senior OL Isiah Moore (6-5, 305) owns offers from Toledo, Kent State and Bowling Green. He anchors a unit that will open holes for senior RB Ryan Lynch (5-11, 190). Look for senior WR Donovan Walker (5-9, 147) to contribute heavily. On defense, senior DL Codey Chance (5-10, 270) returns. New  games with Maumee and Anthony Wayne loom.

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Region 8: Team To Beat

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Region 8: Keep An Eye On

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Region 8: Also In This Region

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