Region 1 Teams To Watch: Canton McKinley, Whitmer, Westerville Central, Shaker Heights not backing down

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Region 1

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


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Teams To Watch

*Canton McKinley (8-3, Region 2 semifinalist): The Bulldogs feature one of the state’s top junior prospects in QB Eric Glover-Williams (5-11, 165) who holds offers from Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and West Virginia. Last season, Glover-Williams ran for 1,574 yards and 22 TDs and threw for 1,114 yards and 12 TDs. The defense is led by senior LB Jamal Davis II (6-2, 210) who holds offers from Louisville, Indiana, Minnesota and several MAC schools. A three-year starter, Davis has 134 career tackles, including 14 TFL and five sacks.

*Hudson (9-3, Region 2 semifinalist): The Explorers have one of the state’s top junior prospects in QB Mitchell Guadagni (6-2, 172) who threw for 2,060 yards and 26 TDs last season. He also ran for 391 yards and three TDs. Senior DB John Zuccaro (5-10, 160) had eight INTs and 95 tackles last season.

*Shaker Heights (8-2): The Raiders have an extremely loaded roster that includes four JJHuddle Top 100 Prospects in DE Joe Henderson (6-4, 225/Tennessee commit), WR Odell Spencer (6-0, 175/Akron, Buffalo, Kent State and Bowling Green offers), LB Gregory Claytor Jr. (5-11, 185/Akron offer) and OL Jamerez Brown (6-5, 270/Offers from UCLA, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Maryland, West Virginia, Pitt, NC State, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana). Additional talent lies in senior RB Ramses Owens (6-1, 180/1,041 yards rushing) and  senior WR Nolan Jackson-Daniel (6-0, 173/Buffalo offer).

*Solon (5-5): The Comets missed the playoffs for just the second time in 14 years last season and had a string of three straight Northeast Ohio Conference championships snapped. Time to make amends. Offensively, Solon is strong up front. The Comets return four of five OL starters in seniors Ben Emery (6-1, 267), Desmond Holmes (6-2, 265) and Matt Meyer (6-0, 240) and junior Gage Golic (6-2, 225). Senior Nick Spitaleri (6-0, 250), who started at C as a sophomore, also returns after missing last year with injury. Junior TE Tyree Seals (6-0, 205) is back too. The quarterback position will feature juniors Ryan Gallagher (6-0, 177) and Matt Laubscher (5-11, 180). Gallagher started five games last year (601 and eight TDs), while Laubscher started one (84 yards and a TD). Developing WRs is an immediate concern. On defense Solon returns six starters, including junior LB John Sensibaugh (5-11, 185) who had 129 tackles and 17 TFL last year. Also returning are sophomore defensive tackle Ben Peterson (6-0, 260/23 tackles), senior DE Brandon Reynolds (6-4, 215/35 tackles, 18 TFL) and three of four defensive backs in seniors Brandon Boyd (5-10, 178/39 tackles), Kollyn Crenshaw (5-8, 150/32 tackles) and Antwain Hamilton (5-9, 165/435 tackles). Head coach Jim McQuaide is 89-27 in 10 years at Solon and 165-89 overall. The schedule starts off with tests against Kenston and Glenville.

*Toledo Whitmer (14-1, Division I State Runner-Up): The Panthers are 39-4 the last three seasons, each of which has produced a regional title. There are numerous holes to fill, but talent remains. Senior DB Marcus Elliott (6-1, 183) holds offers from Bowling Green, Akron, Kent State and Ball State, while senior WR Chris Boykin (6-4, 190) has offers from Kent State and Bufalo. Senior K Michael Baldwin (5-10, 160) is one of Ohio’s best.

*Warren Harding (9-2, region 1 quarterfinalist): The Raiders have a special talent in senior QB/DB Lamar Carmichael (5-10, 170/986 yards passing & eight TDs). Senior DE Ty Howard (6-2, 205/Eastern Michigan offer) and senior DB Deonte Morgan (6-2, 173) lead the defense. The Raiders have an extremely talented junior class that includes OL James Daniels (6-4, 278/ offers from Bowling Green, Michigan State, Iowa, Akron, Penn State) and OL JaVon Provitt (6-4, 285/offer from Toledo).

*Westerville Central (7-3): After making the program’s first postseason appearance in 2011, the Warhawks narrowly missed out on a return trip – finishing ninth in Region 3. A 7-3 record, however, did net the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons in its 10-year history. WC should stretch that to three. Led by longtime head coach John Magistro, who won his 200th career game last year, the Warhawks have several reasons for optimism. “We feel we have our program heading in the right direction and our kids have bought into the work ethic that we demand,” Magistro said. “We are approaching this season with the idea that we can win every game with the right approach.” Headlining the roster is senior OL/DL Nick Richardson, a JJHuddle 2014 Top 100 prospect. Richardson (6-5, 291) holds offers from over 15 schools, including Michigan State, Maryland, Mississippi, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Senior Jared Drake (6-1, 205) returns at QB where he accounted for 28 TDs and over 2,500 yards last year. Senior TE Jeremiah Shaw (6-3, 195) is a three-year starter and senior RB Alex Fisher (5-9, 212) is back after gaining 734 yards. On defense, senior LB Adam Lowe (5-8, 195) led the team in tackles (84) and sacks (10) last year. The wildcard? Senior FB/LB Jordan Bratton (6-2, 245), a three-year starter who was injured most of last year. The schedule includes three newcomers in DeSales, Independence and Canal Winchester. Said Magistro: “Our division in the OCC is as good as it gets.”

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Region 1: Team To Beat

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Region 1: Also In This Region

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