Region 6 Teams To Watch: Troy, LaSalle, Loveland, Mt. Healthy, Tecumseh & Northwest among contenders

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Region 6

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


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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. A first team All-Southwest Ohio Conference selection, Roberson could end his career as Northwest’s all-time leading passer. Senior WR Darius Johnson (6-0, 180/First team All-SWOC), senior RB/LB Keshun Horton (6-0, 210) and senior OL Sterling Clark (6-5, 315) are also back.

*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 Jeff Larkin (sr., DB) and Jordan Thompson (jr., DL). Look for sophomore Nick Watson (6-2, 180) to take over at QB. Watson threw for 510 yards and three TDs in relief last year. LaSalle also returns its leading rusher in senior RB Morgan Wilcox (5-11, 225) who went for 404 yards and five TDs last year. Senior DB Cam Bouldin (6-3, 175) holds offers from Kent State and Akron.

*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 is a pair of All-ECC LBs in seniors Brian Popp (58 tackles) and Michael Weber (72 tackles, seven sacks). Junior DB Max Mather had five INTs. Offensively, seasoned senior OLs Andrew Alten and Camden Bauke will open holes for new QB Giovanni Ricci, a junior who ran for 400 yards and five TDs last year.

*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). Elliott ran for 1,145 yards and 17 TDs last season before an injury sidelined him in Week 8. Junior RB Havier Pitts (three TDs) and sophomore RB David Montgomery (six TDs) add depth. Senior RB Jalen Davis is also in the mix after transferring from Winton Woods (five TDs last year). On defense, the brother tandem of senior DL Justin Lackey (65 tackles) and senior LB Jordan Lackey (125 tackles) leads the way.

*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 senior DL/OL Jake Nicewaner and senior RB Christian Evans (6-0, 185) who rushed for 1,352 yards and 21 TDs last year. Junior LB Cameron Moore (6-2, 200) is the team’s top leading returning tackler (60).

*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 after throwing for 752 yards and nine TDs as a junior. Junior K Zach Thompson (62 points) returns as well. On defense, senior DE Seth Overal (6-4, 220) and junior DL Marco Anverse (6-0, 215) anchor the unit. Overla had 58 tackles last year, while Anverse had 70, including 8.5 sacks. 

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Region 6: Team To Beat

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Region 6: Keep An Eye On

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