Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Division VII Football Power Poll: Preseason Rankings


Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Football Power Poll

The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings debut again today with the release of the Division VII preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard is again the presenting sponsor of the rankings. Now…who is No. 1?


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The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings begin today with the release of the Division VII preseason poll.
Also this year, JJHuddle is proud to announce that the Ohio National Guard is again the presenting sponsor of the rankings. 

New polls will be unveiled on site every week during the regular season. Poll champions will be crwoned after Week 10.


Top 10

1. Marion Local (13-1, D-VI State Champions)
The Flyers have won back-to-back D-VI state titles and now drop down to D-VII. ML lost just six players to graduation. “Although we have the bulk of our team back, we do have some big shoes to fill,” head coach Tim Goodwin (154-40 in 14 years) said. “We lost three linebackers to graduation, with two of them being first team All-MAC. We have a handful of guys who have been working their way back from injury and have not been able to participate fully in the offseason program, which is a concern. Like any small school,
we will be a little thin in terms of depth at a couple of positions.”
The bulk that returns is talented. Senior QB Adam Bertke (6-6, 200) has
committed to Pitt and is 26-4 as a starter. He’s accounted for 57 TDs
the last two years and doubles as a standout DB (first team All-MAC last
year after making 68 tackles and
four INTs). Bertke is joined in the backfield (both offensive and
defensive) by junior RB/DB Jacey Goettemoeller (5-11, 175). One of the
state’s most versatile players and a first team All-MAC selection as a
sophomore, Goettemoeller ran for 1,576 yards and had 402 yards receiving
last year. He scored 31 TDs. On defense, Goettemoeller had five INTs
and 51 tackles. The OL will be anchored by seniors Jason Brunswick (6-1,
240/3-year starter) and Sam Poeppelman (6-3, 290). Junior DB/P Dustin
Rethman (6-0, 180/four INTs, 38.2 yard punting average) and sophomore
WR/RB/KR Hunter Wilker (6-0, 180/579 yards receiving, eight TDs) are key
pieces. The Flyers have six state titles (all since 2000) and are 48-9
all-time in the playoffs.
Up Next:
8/30 @ Lima Shawnee
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2. Fort Loramie (8-3, Region 24 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Redskins have made the playoffs four years in a row. The next
step? A regional title. This could be the year. It won’t be easy in a
section of the state dominated by the MAC, but Loramie has its own
horses. Head coach Matt Burgbacher (36-11 in four years) welcomes back a
veteran club that return s eight starters on each side of the ball. “We
are cautiously optimistic for the upcoming season,” Burgbacher said.
“One area we need to focus on is continuing
to improve and fight complacency. Our program has taken great strides
in the last four years, and this year should no different.” Offensively,
the Redskins will ride senior RB Delaunte Thornton (5-8, 193) who is
attempting to become the program’s first Division I recruit
ever. Last year, Thronton ran for 1,314 yards and 21 TDs. Also back is
senior WR Craig Fullenkamp (5-10, 140) who caught 25 passes for 516
yards and six TDs last year. Senior Tyler Kazmaier (6-2, 185) steps in
at QB. The OL will be anchored by seniors Andy Meyer (5-11, 190) and
Zach Brandewie (6-1, 205) and juniors Luke Gigandet (5-8, 165), David
Ahrns (5-11, 275) and Tristan Stripling (5-10, 190). On defense, senior
DL Garrett Eilerman (5-11, 184), the reigning Northwest Central
Conference Defensive Player of the Year, returns after registering 76
tackles, 11 TFL and 5.5 sacks last season. Other key contributors are
senior DE Logan McGee (6-0, 185/49 tackles, 5.5 sacks), Brandewie (100
tackles), Fullenkamp (three INTs), Kazmaier (66 tackles) and Ahrns (50
tackles, five TFL). Other key contributors will be senior RB/LB Troy
Benanzer and junior QB/DB Andy Grewe (5-9, 150). Stripling doubles as an
effective kicker (48 PATs last year). Loramie’s schedule includes MAC
foes Minster and New Bremen in weeks 1 and 2 and then new non-league
games against Defiance Tinora and Ada in weeks 3 and 4. “This is the
best schedule we have had in our short history of football at Fort
Loramie,” Burgbacher said. “After our first 4 games, we will know what
kind of football team we have. It’s imperative we get off to a great
start. We play in one of the toughest regions in the state. We know what it takes
to advance in the playoffs.”
Up Next:
8/30 @ Minster
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3. North Lewisburg Triad (8-3, Region 20 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Cardinals are thinking mountain top – as in state title. Head coach Payton Printz (13th year) is high on the club that returns 18 of 22 starters on offense and defense. “We graduated seven seniors
and four of them started for us in 2012,” Printz said. “We have players
waiting in the wings to fill their void. I believe we will be a league
contender, playoff contender and Division VII contender.” Triad’s go-to
guy is one of Ohio’s most versatile. Senior DB/WR Tre McIntyre (6-1,
195) had 2,200 all-purpose yards and 27 TDs last year. He also had 95
tackles, nine INTs, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 13
pass breakups. Also back are senior receiver threats Doug Lowe (6-2,
180) and Steven Feasel (6-2). Lowe had 300 yards receiving and five TDs
last year, while Feasel had 34 receptions and seven TDs. Full-time QB
duties transition to sophomore Trent McIntyre (6-0, 185) who threw for
1,200 yards and 12 TDs in four starts last year. He also ran for four
TDs. Junior OL Colton Coil (6-1, 310) anchors both lines. Junior LB/FB
Chaz Adams (6-0, 185) leads the defense. He had 87 tackles last year.
Triad’s first three games (all non-league) are on the road at Indian
Lake, Marion Pleasant and Fairbanks. The Cards only have four home games. Could be five with Week 11.  Joked Printz: “If our players can overcome our coaching…they may just win a State Title.”
Up Next: 8/30 @ Indian Lake
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4. Leipsic (8-3, Region 22 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Vikings are 38-9 the last four years and have been to the playoffs
each season. They’ve lost three times to Delphos St. John’s, including
last year. Leipsic is loaded again. The Vikings return senior
QB Zack Kuhlman (6-3, 190) who is a two-time first team All-Blanchard
Valley Conference selection. Kuhlman threw for 2,275 yards and 27 TDs
last year. He threw for 2,444 yards and 26 TDs as a sophomore. Junior RB
Jordan Chamberlin returns after running for 991 yards and 10 TDs en route to first team All-BVC honors.  Opening holes will be seniors Alfie and Adonijah Flores, a pair of second team All-BVC lineman. Replacing four first team all-conference defenders is key.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Hopewell_loudon
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5. Delphos St. John’s (8-5, Region 22 finalist)
Last Week: The Blue Jays lost to five playoff teams last year, including four that made regional finals and two that won state titles. This year the schedule doesn’t get any easier with the addition of Elida as a Week 2 non-league game. Lima Central
Catholic remains the opener. DSJ will lean heavily on senior workhorse
RB Tyler Jettinghoff (6-2, 210), a two-time All-Midwest Athletic
Conference selection who ran for 1,790 yards and 20 TDs last year. Also
back is senior FB Luke MacLennan (5-10, 205) who had 603 yards and nine
TDs last season. Senior OLs Spencer Ginter and Ryan Shumaker also return. Junior DB Evan Hays headlines the defense. Said head coach Todd Schulte (144-41 in 14 years): “Once again this year’s schedule will be brutal. The key for our 2013 season will be QB play and health.”
Up Next: 8/30 @ Elida
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6. Covington (12-1, Region 20 finalist)
Outlook: The Buccs had a season to remember in 2012. Covington won its 27th
league title and earned its 17th playoff berth. The Buccs only loss was
to Coldwater in the regional final. Among the team records set in 2012
were points scored (656), total yards (5,858) and rushing yards (5,560).
The great news? Last year’s catalyst is back. Senior RB A.J. Ouellette
(5-10, 190) returns after posting school single-season records for
points (317), TDs (46) and rushing yards (2,434). In 14 games,
Covington’s defense allowed just 122 points. The unit remains strong.
Senior NG/RB Bobby Alexander (6-0, 190) is a three-year starter, while
classmates DL/OL Dalton Bordelon (6-0, 185) and LB/RB Justin Williams
(5-8, 200) are two-year starters. Senior Jordan Wolfe (6-0, 265) and
junior Logan Perkins (5-11, 190) bolster the OL. “We lost a very
talented group of seniors from the 2012 team, which made it to the
regional finals,” Head coach Dave Miller said (61-11 in five years at
Covington). “Of that group there were several 3 and 4 year starters.
Replacing them will be tough. As always, it will primarily be up to the
incoming seniors to fill the void, and most importantly provide the
leadership necessary for us to max out on our potential as a team, which
is always our number one goal.” Covington bolstered its schedule with
the addition of St. Henry in Week 1. The game is on the road and is the
first of a four-year contract “Obviously, this will be a major test for
our football team based on the traditions at St. Henry and the MAC,”
Miller said. “Conference-wise Miami East, Tri County North and Bradford
all qualified for the 2012 playoffs and have the potential to be very
good again this season.”
Up Next: 8/30 @ St. Henry
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7. Glouster Trimble (10-2, Region 23 semifinalist)
Outlook: Led by a suffocating defense, the Tomcats had a remarkable run last year losing only to West Virginia state champion
Wahama and Ohio D-VI state runner-up Newark Catholic. Trimble allowed
79 points in 12 games and had six straight shutouts in weeks 4-9. Back
from that unit is reigning Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division Defensive Player of the Year Jacob Koons (6-1, 195) . The senior LB had 161 tackles last year. Offensively, the Tomcats return the TVC Hocking Offensive Player of the Year as well in senior
QB Konner Standley, a 1,000-yard rusher and passer who accounted for 32
TDs. Standley (5-10, 185) was an all-district WR as a sophomore. Senior
Jon Stevens (5-11, 240) anchors both lines. Junior WR Austin Downs
(6-0, 180) is a good one. Trimble has made the playoffs four of the last
five years and three years in a row. Expectations are rightfully high
Up Next: 8/30 vs Nelsonville-York
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8. Tiffin Calvert (7-5, Region 22 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Senecas posses a rich history. Calvert owns 11 playoff berths and is
16-9 with four state semifinal appearances and two state titles
(1980-81). The Senecas are on the verge of another run. Entering 2013
with back-to-back postseason appearances, Calvert is looking to extend
its streak to three. The Senecas return nine starters on each side of
the ball. Junior QB/DB Tyler Long (6-2, 195) threw for 1,144 yards and
rushed for 1,098 more last season. He also made 61 tackles. Other key
returners include RB/S Austin Ball (sr., 5’11, 170, 215 yards rushing),
OL/DL Marcus Somers, (sr., 6’2, 215, 3 year starter, 91 tackles, 8
sacks), OL/DL Austin Perry (sr., 6’2, 220, 2 year starter, 56 tacklers, 8
sacks), OL Cameron Felter (jr., 6’2, 210,) OL/DL Matt Iannantuono (jr.,
5’8″ 205), K Mike Smith (40/42 Pats), OL/TE/DL Aaron Englehart (sr.,
6’2, 200), OL/DL Marcus King (jr., 6’2, 245), LB Mitch Depinet (sr.,
5’11, 190/101 Tackles, 4 sacks) and WR/DB Dan Reineke (sr., 6-0, 175/48
tackles, 4 INTs). The schedule includes non-conference games against McComb and Norwalk St. Paul. Calvert played both teams twice last year (regular season and playoffs).
Up Next: 8/30 @ McComb

9. Fremont St. Joseph (10-2, Region 22 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Crimson Streaks return nine All-Midland Athletic League selections
from a team that earned the program’s third playoff berth in four years
(and 12th overall). Included in the mix is a talented senior cast
that includes RB Marcus Kerr, OL/DL Corey Durbin (6-1, 255), OL Hunter
Harrison (6-3, 240), DL Nick Militello (6-3, 310), DL Ryan Williams, LB Bennett Weickert, LB Matt Fox and OL/DL Mitchell Gonya (6-0, 200). Junior WR Jake Yeckley will contribute heavily.
Up Next:
8/30 @ Millbury Lake
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10. Lancaster Fairfield Christian Academy (8-3, Region 23 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Knights are coming off the program’s second playoff
appearance ever (and in three years). Expectations are at an all-time
high with the return of the
team’s leading rusher, passer and receiver. Senior RB Ben Tobin (5-11,
205) is back after putting up staggering numbers (2,942 yards and 31 TDs
on 343 carries) as a junior. He had 3,179 all-purpose yards.  Senior QB
Collin Young (6-2, 230) also returns
after throwing for 1,243 yards and 18 TDs. Young also ran for 283 yards
and five TDs. On defense, Young had three INTs and a fumble recovery.
He also punts and kicks off. Senior WR Jacob Walker (6-2, 190) led the
team with 624 yards receiving and nine TDs on 20 catches last year.
Sophomore Josh Heeter (5-11, 180) made an impact as a freshman with
three INTs and 545 all-purpose yards. Senior Brian Miller (6-1, 190)
anchors the OL. The Knights begin play in the Mid-State League this season.
Up Next: 8/30 @ Dayton Jefferson Twp.
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Under Consideration (Alphabetical Order)

Bainbridge Paint Valley (6-3-1)
Outlook: The Bearcats are set up for success. In addition to dropping from D-V to
D-VII, PV returns eight starters on each side of the ball and 21
letterwinners from a team that finished 10th
in Region 20 last year. “We are very excited for the 2013 season,” head
coach Pete Hollon (102-74-1 in 17 years at PV) said. “We have always
been one of the smaller D5 schools.” PV returns a ton of talent, including seniors
Mark Clifford (FB/DL, 6-1, 215), LB Nate Yoakum (LB, 5’9, 180) and
Dakota Morgan (OL/LB, 6’1, 205); juniors Clay Archer (OL, 6’1, 225), 
Gavin Carter (OL/DL, 6’3, 235) and Mason McCloy (WR/DE, 6’4, 220); and
sophomores Teagan McFadden (RB/DB, 5’10, 185), Anthony McFadden (QB,
5’9, 160) and Caleb Johnson (TE/DE, 6’1, 190). Clifford is a two-time
Scioto Valley Conference Punter of the Year and Yoakum is vying to
become a three-time All-Ohioan. “We return our top three tacklers and
over 90-percent of our offensive output,” Hollon said. “We have decent
size and better than average speed with the McFadden boys, Clifford and
Tony Hatfield (a sophomore RB who qualified for the regional track meet
in the 100 meters). Many of our seniors have started for three years and
we return a very good sophomore class that had five kids start as
freshmen. Hopefully our juniors will step up and fill a few voids left
by graduation, but overall, even though we are still fairly young, we
are an experienced team.” The schedule
is improved. The Bearcats added Lockland and Columbus Africentric to
the non-league slate. Paint Valley owns seven playoff berths but is
looking for its first trip since 2003.
Opener: 8/30 vs Lockland

Berlin Center Western Reserve (9-3, Region 21 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Devils are coming off two highly successful seasons (state
semis in 2011 and regional semis last year). Can they put together
another run in D-VII? Yep. WR returns one of the state’s best small school
backfields in QB Nick Allison and RB Dan Zilke. Both seniors were first
team All-Inter Tri-County last year. Also back are WR/DB Dan Rosati
(sr.), WR/LB Jon Timko (sr.) and OL/DL Matt Mace (jr.). Overall, WR has
been to the playoffs five years in a row and six of the last seven.
Opener: 8/30 vs Cuyahoga Heights

Danville (11-2, Region 23 finalist)
Outlook: The Blue Devils fell one win shy of the program’s third state semifinal appearance and first since 2004 by dropping a 48-46 shootout to eventual state runner-up Newark Catholic in the regional final.
That squad relied on offense (scored 457 points). This year’s rendition
will lean on defense. Three-year lettermen and senior DEs Conway
Baldridge (6-3, 185/109 tackles, 21 TFL) and Andy Payne (6-4, 260/97
tackles/13 TFL) bookend a unit deep in experience. Danville returns
five of its top six tacklers, including senior TE/LB Marshall Magers
(6-1, 175/155 tackles, seven TFL), senior LB Thomas Hawk (6-0, 165/139
tackles) and senior LB Austin Gonzales (5-10, 195/91 tackles, six TFL).
If the Devils offense can rebuild quickly, watch out.
Opener: 8/30 vs River View

Edon (7-3)
Outlook: The Bombers have one of the best 1-2-3 small school punches in Ohio in
senior QB/WR Connor Hug (6-1, 185), senior RB Trevor Green (5-7, 170)
and senior WR Brock Thiel (5-10, 195).
Opener: 8/30 vs Antwerp

Malvern (10-2, Region 21 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Hornets return one of the state’s best small school
backfield in senior RB Cobin Plessinger (5-11, 185) and senior QB Trey
Tucci (6-3, 205). Plessinger ran for 1,734 yards and 15 TDs last year,
while Tucci threw for 1,010 yards and 14 TDs. Malvern must replace its
top three WRs. Defensively the Hornets return Plessinger (63 tackles and
eight TFL), senior LB Anthony Ruegg (5-10, 195/63 tackles), senior DB
Mitchell Haasz (6-3, 180/29 tackles/three INTs) and junior DL Eddie
Zinn-Turner (6-3, 240/43 tackles, 10 TFL, eight sacks).
Opener: 8/30 @ Hanoverton United

Norwalk St. Paul (7-4, Region 22 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: Veteran head coach John Livengood flirted with the Clyde job but decided to remain with the Flyers where he’s accumulated a record of 201-60 in 21 years. St. Paul graduated seven seniors but returns a talented group high on experience. Line play will be a strength thanks to the return of senior All-Firelands Conference
players Caleb Meyer (6-1, 195) and Ryan Reikowski (6-2, 235). Senior
QB/DB/K/P Scottie Slauterback (6-0, 175) is vital to all facets
(all-league). Junior RB Devin Smith (second team), sophomore LB Jaret
Nickoli (first team), junior DL Matt VanDootingh (HM) and junior DB Wes
Fritz (HM) were All-Firelands as well.
Opener: 8/31 vs St. Mary Central Catholic

Portsmouth Notre Dame (7-3)
Outlook: The Titans are ready to challenge for the program’s second playoff berth since 2000. Key contributors will be senior RB Dakota Smith (6-0, 160), senior DL Daniel Ogg (6-4, 225), senior LB Jack Kayser (6-0, 175) and senior DB Will Haney (6-2, 170).
Opener: 8/31 vs Chillicothe Huntington

Shadyside (Region 21 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Tigers will feature a solid defense led by senior OL/DL Cory Banco
(6-2, 295), junior DL Scot Hammond (6-1, 175), junior DL Eric Howell
(6-2, 195) and junior LB Austin Dorris (6-5, 215).
Opener: 8/30 @ Meadowbrook

Steubenville Catholic Central (6-5, Region 21 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Crusaders snapped a four-year absence from the playoffs last year. Expect them to compete for a return trip. Senior QB Brenton Colabella (6-2, 185) returns for his fourth year as a starter. As a junior he threw for 2,484 yards and 28 TDs. Colabella already owns SCC records for passing yards in a game (369), passing yards in a season (2,484), career passing yards (5,513), touchdown passes in a season (28) and career touchdown passes
(53). Defensively, SCC will lean on senior LB Aleks Porecca (5-10, 190)
and senior DB Ryan Fletcher (6-1, 195). Fletcher made 49 tackles and
had three INTs (returned one for a TD). He also caught 24 passes for 370 yards and three TDs. Porreca made 52 tackles (11 TFL).
Opener: 8/31 @ Bellaire



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