Division I: Region 2 Overview

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Region 2

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Teams To Beat

*Lakota West (8-2): The Firebirds won their first eight games
last season, but closed with a pair of 12-point losses to Colerain and
Lakota East that kept them out of the playoffs.  A bad taste lingers,
but so does a ton of talent. Senior QB Malik Grove (5-11, 170) and senior RB Mikel Horton (6-1, 225) were both first team All-Greater Miami Conference
last year. Grove threw for 1,163 yards and 11 TDs and ran for 555 yards
and 11 TDs last year. Horton, a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect that ran for
1,003 yards and 13 TDs last season, has committed to Kentucky…MORE

*Moeller (12-3, Division I State Champions): The Crusaders
celebrated “50 Years of Moeller Football” last season by winning the
program’s eighth state title and first in 27 years. To repeat they’ll
have to replace 13 All-GCL players. Ouch. The good news is Moe has some horses coming back. Senior LB Sam Hubbard (6-6, 215) had 75 tackles, two INTs and two fumble recoveries last season and has committed to Ohio State. Senior DL Chalmer Frueauf (6-4, 240/80 tackles) owns offers from Kent State, Ohio and Bowling Green, while junior DL Elijah Taylor (6-3, 250) has offers from Ohio and West Virginia. Senior OL Stephen Langenkamp (6-3, 265) has an offer from Ohio…MORE

*St. Xavier (6-5, Region 4 quarterfinalist): The Bombers had
to replace nine All-GCL performers last year and entered the season with
some unknowns. This year X has to replace seven all-league players, but
it brings back more answers than questions. Senior
QB Nick Tensing (6-4, 200) was first team All-GCL last year and
spearheads on offense that also features all-league performers at RB (CJ
Hilliard), WR (Ryan Frey) and OL (Rick Kurz)…MORE 

Teams To Watch

*Beavercreek (7-3): The Beavers are coming off one of the most
successful seasons in school history. Creek won a share of its first
Greater Western Ohio Conference
title and first league title of any kind since 1985. The Beavers also
beat Centerville and Wayne in the same season for the first time ever
and notched the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons since
1968-69. Now what? How about the playoffs. Creek head coach Scott Coldfelter (39-51 in 10 years) returns one of Ohio’s top players in JJHuddle Top 100 prospect Airius Moore…MORE

*Centerville (6-4): The Elks have developed more Division I
interior lineman than any other programin Ohio over the last three years
and the migration won’t slow down this season. Senior DE Tito Idenigbo (6-4, 265) is headed to Illinois, while senior OL Jared Weyler (6-4, 275) and Patrick Osterhage (6-4, 280) each hold offers from over eight schools…MORE

*Colerain (12-1, Region 4 finalist): The Cardinals had an astonishing 21 players earn All-GMC honors last year. Of those, nine return for head coach
Tom Bolden. Expectations are high again and they should be with a
defense that should be one of southwest Ohio’s best. The Cardinals
return…MORE

*Elder (8-4, Region 4 semifinalist): The Panthers snapped a
two-year playoff drought by rebounding from a 2-2 start to win five of
six to close the regular season. An OT loss to Colerain ended the run.
Elder has high expectations and for good reason. One of which is senior RB Chris Schroer. A first team All-GCL selection, Schroer (6-0, 215) ran for 1,491 yards and 25 TDs last year…MORE

*Hilliard Davidson (10-3): The Wildcats have made the playoffs
11 times in 13 years and own two state titles since 2006. Davidson has
also played in five straight regional finals. The Wildcats welcome back
several standouts, including…MORE

*Lakota East (8-4, Region 4 semifinalist): Despite a two-game
slide midseason, the Thunderhawks rebounded to earn the program’s first
ever playoff berth and win. Gone from that squad are eight All-GMC
players. Senior OL Jarrett LaRubbio (6-5, 280) had over 20 offers before committing to Kentucky. He’ll block for senior QB Eric Eichler (6-2, 200) who ran for 644 yards and 12 TDs and threw for 703 yards and 10 TDs. Also back is…MORE

*Northmont (7-3): After missing the playoffs three years in a row, T-Bolts Head Coach
Lance Schneider set out to change the culture last year. It worked.
Northmont missed the playoffs again, but did capture a share of the GWOC
Central Division title and made the program “relevant again in the school and community” according to Schneider. Can they keep the momentum going? The roster is loaded…MORE

*Pickerington Central (7-3, Region 3 quarterfinalist): The Tigers had a rare down year for a program
that is use to playing for regional championships over the past decade,
but that down year still resulted in a trip to week 11. PC had to
replace a plethora of players on both sides of the ball from their 2011
team, which finished state runner-up in Division I. In 2012, the Tigers
found a way to win seven games, which included two improbable victories
over Reynoldsburg and Gahanna Lincoln. However, PC did fall victim to
city rival Pickerington North for the first time in school history and
what made matters worse, they lost to the Panthers twice by a combine score
of 61-0. Though, Central did manage to earn a share of the OCC Ohio
championship when Pickerington North lost to Grove City in week 10. The
Purple and White return plenty from last year’s playoff team
starting with three offensive linemen…MORE

*Pickerington North (12-2, Region 3 Champion): The Panthers
had a historical run last year. Pick North beat Pick Central for the
first time ever (during the regular season_ and then did it again (in
the playoffs) en route to the school’s first regional title. Graduation
took its toll, but talent lingers…MORE

*Springboro (10-1, Region 4 quarterfinalist): The Panthers
accomplished a program first last season by earning the school’s first
D-I playoff berth. This year the goal is to get the second. Senior QB
Jack Schaaf (6-2, 195) is back after throwing for 1,305 yards and 16 TDs
and rushing for 776 yards and 16 TDs en route to first team All-GWOC
honors. Senior TE Jordan Rigg (6-5, 245) holds offers from Ohio and Ball
State…MORE

*Sycamore (9-2, Region 4 quarterfinalist): The Aviators made a
second straight trip to the postseason and should challenge this year
to run that to a school-record three straight. Sycamore needs to replace
nine All-GMC performers, but last year they had to replace eight. The
parts coming back are big. Senior QB Greg Simpson (5-9, 185), the
reigning GMC Offensive Player of the Year, returns after running for
1,915 yards and 28 TDs and throwing for 1,024 yards and 13 TDs. Simpson
also punts (35.2 yard average). Three All-GMC offensive lineman return
in…MORE

*Upper Arlington (6-4): The Golden Bears have long been one of
the premier programs in Central Ohio under head coach Mike Golden, who
is just two wins shy of 200. “Daily success is our milestone,” Golden
said. The Golden Bears return 15 starters from a six-win team led by
Michigan State commit LB/RB/KR Chris Frey (6’2/200/Sr.). Frey had 13 D-I
offers, which included Syracuse, Boston College, Kentucky, and Purdue.
UA, who is looking for its third playoff appearance in the last six
years, returns…MORE

*Wayne (7-4, Region 4 quarterfinalist): The Warriors made the
playoffs for the 10th time in 14 years and look primed to reach Week 11
again. Head coach Jay Minton (178-70 career record) welcomes back eight
starters on defense including Kentucky commit Dorian Hendrix (6-1, 220)
at LB. Also back are a pair of standout DBs in senior Jordan Whitfield
(6-1, 182) and junior Tyree Kinnel (6-1, 185/Kentucky and Arkansas
offers)…MORE

*Westerville South (8-3, Region 3 quarterfinalist): The
Wildcats made the program’s 10th postseason appearance last season and
would like to add No. 11. South features two JJHuddle 2014 Top 100
prospects in senior WR Torrodd Carter (6-2, 180/Offers from Ohio, Miami,
Akron and Marshall) and senior TE Darryl Long (6-5, 220/Kentucky
commit)…MORE

Keep An Eye On

*Central Crossing (2-8): Senior QB Luke Duncan (6-2, 175/1,783 yards passing. 12 TDs, 407 yards rushing, 6 TDs) returns to lead the Comets. Also back are senior OL Dwight Diggs (6-2, 235) and senior DB Gino Siravo (5-10, 150/57 tackles, three INTs).

*Dublin Coffman (9-2, Region 3 quarterfinalist): The Rocks feature one of Ohio’s best juniors in DL Sam McCollum.

*Fairfield (2-8): The Indians will build around two standout offensive lineman in seniors
Danny Burns (6-7, 310) and Robert Behanan (6-4, 265). Burns has
committed to Lousiville, while Behanan is headed to Middle Tennessee
State. Senior DL Tony Stephens (6-4, 24) and junior DL Richard Rhodes (6-4, 322) are ones to watch…MORE

*Fairmont (2-8): The Firebirds return eight three-year starters and  four All-GWOC performers in junior DB Alec Fontaine, senior OL/DL Jean Nsanzimana, senior RB/LB Chris Rhoades (107 tackles) and senior WR Aron Sutton (42 receptions, 665 yards receiving, two TDs). Fairmont’s OL will be a strength.

*Gahanna Lincoln (7-3): The Lions return a talented senior
trio in WR Valquez “Tank” Davis (5-9, 150/35 rec., 468 yards, six total
TDs), WR Kevin Randolph (5-11, 187/38 rec., 374 yards, three TDs) and DB
Emile Camm (5-10, 160/37 tackles, seven INTs).

*Galloway Westland (1-9): The Cougars are trying to get the ship turned around under third year head coach
Steve White. Westland hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since finishing
(7-3) in 2006 when it made the Division 1, Region 3 playoffs. Since
2006, Westland is (4-46) never winning more than a single game in any
season. The Cougars were without football in 2009. “The Westland Cougars
in 2013 have worked hard in the off-season to get ready for our schedule,”
White said.  “We need to be more competitive and turn the corner and
get some wins. Our team speed will be one of our strengths for this
upcoming season.” The Cougars welcome back quarterback Myles Fowler
(6’1/185/Sr.)…MORE

*Grove City (5-5): The Greyhounds last winning season was
2008, and last year they finished .500. The campaign definitely ended on
a high note, though. GC’s 13-10 win over state-ranked and eventual
state semifinalist Pickerington North could propel the Greyhounds into a
successful year. “We are excited about this group of upper classmen,”
Grove City’s head coach Matt Jordan explained. “This group finished on a
strong note last year winning the last two games. We had a very
memorable week ten victory over Pickerington North, which helped
catapult us into the off-season. I am very enthused about the amount of
experience coming back on this team.” The Greyhounds have nine starters
back on defense and seven returning on offense…MORE

*Hamilton (3-7): Big Blue fans have reason to be optimistic.
Hamilton returns its leading passer, top two receivers and second best
rusher. Junior QB Zach Keene (6-1, 170) is back after throwing for 698
yards and five TDs. His top two targets – senior WRs Tyler Denton (6-0,
180) and Preston McIntosh (6-3, 180) – return as well…MORE

*Hilliard Darby (11-1, Region 3 semifinalist): The Panthers return six All-OCC Cardinal Division seniors,
including LB Trevor Parker (6-1, 190/76 tackles), OL/DL Josh Humbert
(6-3, 240), OL/DL Tony Hajjar (6-3, 265), OL/DL David Still (5-8, 270),
LB/P Nate Green 6-3, 205/49 tackles, 36.7 punt average) and DB Jacob
Stacy (5-10, 180/34 tackles).

*Lancaster (3-7): The Golden Gales are coming off a rare
losing season and looking for their first playoff berth since 2009. 
Lancaster owns one of the state’s top offensive line prospects in Ohio
State commit and JJHuddle 2014 Top 100 player Kyle Trout (6-6, 290). New
to the schedule is Canal Winchester in Week 3.

*Lebanon (6-4): The Warriors must replace nine All-GWOC players. Senior
RB Alex McCarty is the team’s top returning rusher (31 carries, 289
yards, one TD) and receiver (15 receptions, 275 yards, two TDs). Junior
LB Ryan Perkins led the team in tackles (with 83) last year.

*Mason (6-4): The Comets must replace 13 All-GMC players. The lone returning all-league performer is senior DL Matt Algor (6-2, 221). Senior LB Matt Stewart (6-1, 220) is a JJHuddle Top 200 prospect that’s committed to Navy. Senior OL Andrew Lucke (6-4, 285) anchors the line. Keep an eye on…MORE

*Miamisburg (7-3): Under veteran head coach Steve Channell,
the Vikings were one of Ohio’s best stories last season. The Burg, which
had won just four games from 2011-2008, finished ninth in Region 4
computer points and was 4-1 in the GWOC South. The Vikings last GWOC win
prior was in 2007. Entering Year 2 under Channell, the longtime Trenton
Edgewood coach, Burg has its sights set on another winning campaign…MORE

*Middletown (4-6): The Middies feature senior TE Chance
Sorrell (6-6, 225) who committed to Vanderbilt over offers from Bowling
Green, Indiana, West Virginia and Louisville.

*Oak Hills (5-5): The Highlanders will rely heavily on senior RB Demarco Ruffin (5-8, 180) who ran for 1,476 yards and 12 TDs last year.

*Reynoldsburg (7-3): The Raiders are showing steady
improvement in the Buddy White era going (6-4) in 2011 followed by a
(7-3) a season ago narrowly missing the playoffs. Reynoldsburg lost to
two playoff teams and a team that finished (8-2) and finished 9th in its
region. The Raiders have a nice collection of talent returning on
offense in…MORE

*Springfield (1-9): Head coach Eric Gillespie enters Year 2 by
welcoming back five All-GWOC players and two JJHuddle Top 100 prospects
in seniors Thaddeus Snodgrass (WR) and Davonte James (LB). Snodgrass
(6-1, 170) has committed to Kentucky, while James (6-2, 220) committed to West Virginia…MORE

*Westerville North (0-10): The Warriors are riding a 45-game
losing streak. WN’s last win was a 21-17 victory over Westerville
Central on Sept. 9, 2008. Second-year head coach Roger Elander believes
this season will be different. “After more than four years of
consecutive losses, WN is rebuilding with several skilled seniors, a
wealth of excellent juniors and many sophomores who have demonstrated a
commitment to renewed strength, speed and specialty training,” Elander
said. “This year will be newsworthy.”…MORE

Also In This Region

Groveport-Madison (1-9), Milford (1-9)

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