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2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
Region 6 Preview
Team To Beat
*Winton Woods (8-4, Region 8 semifinalist): The Warriors have
been to the playoffs seven of the last eight years and won the D-II
state title in 2009. Might be time to add another trophy to the case.
The Warriors have a brutal schedule, but they also have one of Ohio’s best defenses on paper. Senior DL Daniel Cage is a JJHuddle Top 100
player who holds offers from Florida, Michigan State, Nebraska,
Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and others. Last year Cage (6-3, 245) had
54 tackles. Senior DB Mike Edwards (6-0, 189) is another JJHuddle Top 10 player who has committed to Kentucky. Edwards has 154 career tackles to go with six INTs and three fumble recoveries. Other standouts include…MORE
Teams To Watch
*Cincinnati Northwest (8-3, Region 8 quarterfinalist): The
Knights started 8-0 last year, before losing their last three.
Regardless, Northwest made the playoffs for the first time since 1990
and for just the second time in history. Led by a senior class
that could become the winningest in school history, Northwest has high
expectations and for good reason. It features one of southwest Ohio’s
top quarterbacks in senior Cory Roberson (6-3, 195) who threw for 1,955
yards and 16 TDs and ran for 663 yards and nine TDs last year…MORE
*LaSalle (4-6): New head coach Nate Moore moves from one of Ohio’s top small school conferences (Midwest Athletic) to one of its best big ones. He also inherits one of Ohio’s top prospects in senior WR Derek Kief (6-6, 190) who has verballed to Alabama. A JJHuddle Top 100
player, Keif caught 65 passes for 907 yards and nine TDs last year.
Also back are All-GCL performers…MORE
*Loveland (6-4): The Tigers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2002 but by dropping down to D-II and with a talented cast
back, that drought might end soon. Loveland returns eight starters from
a defense that pitched five shutouts last year. The headliner is junior
DL Charlie Lawler who was first team All-ECC last year after recording
60 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Also back…MORE
*Mount Healthy (9-2, Region 8 quarterfinalist): The Owls have been to the playoffs eight times in 11 years and have the talent to make it nine in 12. MH Head Coach Arvie Crouch (33-11 in four years) welcomes back a cast that includes seven All-Southwest Ohio Conference players and the SWOC Player of the Year in senior
Tyree Elliott (6-1, 165)…MORE
*New Carlisle Tecumseh (8-3, Region 7 quarterfinalist): The
Arrows have made the playoffs five years in a row and six of the last
seven. To make it six straight Tecumseh must replace nine All-Central
Buckeye Conference players, including six first teamers. Key returners for the Arrows are…MORE
*Troy (4-6): The Trojans could have a big season. Scott Brewer returns for his second season as head coach and has an offense rich with talent. The Trojans also find themselves competing in D-II now instead of D-I. Senior OL Alex Dalton (6-4, 280) has committed to Oklahoma, while senior RB Miles Hibbler (5-11, 185) has verballed to Kent State. Senior
QB Matt Bahr (6-4, 195) continues to impress…MORE
Keep An Eye On
*Amelia (4-6): The Barons have two special defenders in junior DB Carter Hounshell (70 tackles, first team All-SWOC) and senior DL Cohen Canter (86 career tackles, first team All-SWOC).
*Anderson (3-7): The Redskins suffered through their worst season of the Jeff Giesting-era (52-21 in six years) last year. Expect a rebound. Senior
QB Kevin Rogers was first team All-ECC last season after throwing for
1,142 yards and 13 TDs and rushing for 799 yards and six TDs. Rogers has
accounted for 29 career TDs. Defensively, the Redskins return…MORE
*Fairborn (1-9): Senior DB Lawrence Inman (6-1, 170) was first
team All-GWOC South last year after catching 13 passes for 256 yards
and two TDs. He also had 36 tackles, three fumble recoveries and an INT…MORE
*Glen Este (4-6): The Trojans started 1-4 last year but rallied to go 3-2 in the final five games. Senior LB Tyler Burdick is a two-time first team all-league performer and teams with junior DB Peyton Burdick and senior LB Tyler Flanigan to lead the defense…MORE
*Harrison (4-6): The Wildcats return junior QB Jake Weber who threw for 932 yards and ran for 752 last year en route to accounting for 17 TDs…MORE
*Kings (6-4): The Knights finished ninth in Region 8 computer points and missed the playoffs for the third time in four years. Only three starters return on offense…MORE
*Lima Senior (0-10): Veteran head coach Mike Fell inherits the program after a highly successful stint at D-VI Ada.
*Little Miami (1-9): The Panthers feature two standout athletes in seniors Matt McDonald (1,883 all-purpose yards, 12 TDs) and Dustn Vice (1,161 all-purpose yards, nine TDs).
*Piqua (5-5): The Indians
haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007 and are just 16-14 the last
three years. Piqua did however beat archrival Troy in Week 10 last year
and hopes to have that momentum carry over. Junior WR Taylor Honeycutt
(27 receptions, 502 yards, four TDs) will be featured on offense…MORE
*Princeton (1-9): The Vikings will feature senior QB/DB Tyrell Gilbert (6-0, 198) who has committred to Cincinnati.
*Sidney (4-6): The Yellow Jackets snapped a 20-game losing streak in Week 1 last year and almost finished .500. Senior OL/DL Noah Straman and junior P Anthony Yates are two-time All-GWOC selections…MORE
*Stebbins (3-7): The Indians will lean heavily on senior RB/LB
Jarred Brumfield (6-2, 215) who holds offers from Ohio, Western
Michigan and Youngstown State. Brumfield ran for 689 yards and nine TDs
and had 89 tackles last year.
*Trenton Edgewood (8-3, Region 8 quarterfinalist): The Cougars made the playoffs in head coach Scott Clemmons’ first season. The task now is replacing 11 All-Southwest Ohio Conference selections, including seven first teamers.
*Turpin (12-1, Region 8 finalist): The Spartans are looking for an eighth straight playoff berth but it may be tricky. Head coach Rob Stoll (92-33 in 11 years) must replace 16 All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference selections, including nine first teamers…MORE
*Vandalia Butler (6-4): The Aviators must replace 11 All-GWOC
North selections, including six first teamers. Look for sophomore RB Nic
Martin (6-2, 215) to get a load of carries after earning All-GWOC
honors and running for 417 yards and three TDs as a freshman. Butler must replace its top six tacklers…MORE
*Walnut Hills (5-5): The Eagles went just 3-47 from 2003-07, but are 25-26 under head coach
George Kontsis the last five years. The ascent should continue as WH
competes for the program’s second-ever playoff berth. The offense
returns several key standouts at the skill positions, including senior WR Kendal Fitzgerald (33 receptions, 418 yards, four TDs) and senior
RB Tierin Williams (548 yards rushing and eight TDs)…MORE
*Withrow (7-3): The Tigers feature senior LB Reggie Howard (6-4, 220) who holds an offer from Kent State. Keep an eye on senior QB Malik Bland (6-4, 185).
*West Carrollton (3-7): The Pirates return a good one in senior
QB Chad Vannest who threw for 1,387 yards and 10 TDs last year. He ran
for three TDs. Junior RB Cameron Snow (332 yards rushing, 421 yards
receiving, three TDs), senior RB Emil Suriel (201 yards, four TDs) and senior WR Lawrence Yahle (308 yards receiving, three TDs) give WC some solid options…MORE
*Western Hills (5-5): Senior Kimani Murray (6-0, 185) is one
of southwest Ohio’s most versatile players. Last year he threw for 169
yards and a TD, rushed for 422 yards and six TDs, returned kicks and
punts, snagged four INTs, made 49 tackles and punted 17 times for an
average of 32.3 yards.
*Xenia (6-4): The Buccs enter Year 5 under head coach Bob DeLong and the veteran mentor likes what he sees. “In year 4 we were able to return
to winning,” DeLong said. “We are bigger, faster and stronger than we
have been and even though we will be relying on some young players –
they are very talented.”…MORE
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