A look at some players, teams, programs and news of note for the region…
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*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 senior DB Josh Correll (55 tackles) and senior LB Evan Lackner. The OL is anchored by senior veterans Alex Pfeiffer and Evan Spangler. Anderson’s schedule features seven teams that had winning records last season.
*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. Senior P Jeremy Bridges (38.4 average) was also first team All-GWOC. Senior RB Tomaris Conley ran for 363 yards and two TDs last season.
*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. Senior RB Jordan Harris is back after rushing for 846 yards and four TDs.
*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. Senior Justin Conners will get plenty of touches after amassing 821 all-purpose yards and six TDs as a junior.
*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. Senior DB Ray Brewster had four INTs last year.
*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, 12TDs) 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. Senior All-GWOC selections Devin Magoteaux (DL) and Dom Stone (LB) headline the defense. Head coach Bills Nees is 163-71 in 20 years at the school.
*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. Seniors Kyle Dembski (RB/LB) and Jordan Fox (QB) and junior Jalen Herd (WR) will contribute heavily.
*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. Look for senior RB Spencer Singh (896 all-purpose yards) to play a large role.
*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. Senior LB Layton Flatt (6-0, 190) is the top returning tackler (32).
*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). Junior QB Kevin Blount (948 passing yards, 702 rushing yards, 14 combined TDs) and senior TE Randall Mincy (16 receptions, 175 yards receiving) also return. Senior DB Nilijah Ballew is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Louisville.
*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. Three of the top five tacklers return in senior DB Anthony Sandhu (61), senior LB Casar Dillard (46 tackles) and senior DL Manuel Ricardo (36 tackles).
*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.” Xenia has a pair of standout senior DLs in Tyler Campbell (60 tackles) and Tyler Steward (45 tackles). On offense, Xenia returns a pair of All-GWOC RBs in seniors Dre Jackson and Ty Burden. Keep an eye on sophomore QB Danny Naylor (6-3, 170).
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