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

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Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Football Power Poll

The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division IV 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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OHIO NATIONAL GUARD & JJH POWER POLL

DIVISION IV PRESEASON RANKINGS

The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division IV 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.

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Top 10

1. Clinton-Massie (15-0, D-IV state champions)
Outlook:
The Falcons had a historic season last year. In addition to winning the program’s first state championship in its first state final, Massie became the first Ohio school in history
to score over 800 points. They finished with 822. The Falcons, who lost
in the 2011 state semifinals (to Kenton), are looking to earn their
12th straight playoff berth. Senior RB Bayle Wolf (6-1, 200) returns after rushing for 2,059 yards and 41 TDs last season. He ran for 1,390 yards and 31 TDs as a sophomore. In last year’s state final, Wolf tied D-IV finals records
for points (30) and TDs (five). He ran for 220 yards. Other key
returnees are RB/LB Kelson Gaudon (6-1/200/sr.), TE/DE Austion Flohea
(6-1/220/sr.), OL/DL A.J. Avery (6-2/235/sr.), OL/DL Kyle Aubrey
(6-o/235/ sr.), Josh Loud (5-8/160/db/se/sr.), RB/LB Chase Wolf
(6-2/190/jr.), DB/WR Dylan Rose (6-3/180/sr.), QB/LB Zack Santoro
(5-11/180/jr.), RB/DE Sam Burnham (6-1/200/ jr.), RB/LB Jared Halley
(5-11/190/jr.), OL/DL Dalton Ferguson (6-3/225/sr.), DB/WR Issaih
Stiverson (6-1/185/jr.) and K Callum Jones (6-0/160/jr.). Jones set the
state kicking record for PATs in a season (over 100) last year. “The ability to develop at the QB position will be key,” head coach Dan McSurely (168-66 in 17 years) said. “Our O-Line is big and athletic. The defense is fast.” The schedule, which McSurely says is the “toughest schedule we’ve had in the history of the program,” includes new non-league games with Columbus DeSales and Chillicothe.
Up Next:
8/30 vs Blanchester
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2.  Kenton (6-4)
Outlook: The Wildcats had a string of three straight playoff berths snapped last year when they finished ninth in Region 14. This season Kenton will look to earn the 10th postseason trip in history. Despite only being in the postseason nine times, Kenton has a 22-7 playoff record
and is 4-0 in state semifinals (2-2 in state finals). Known for its
prolific offense, Kenton has another unit capable of posting incredible numbers. Senior QB Grant
Sherman returns after throwing for 4,076 yards and 49 TDs (and just six
INTs). He also ran for five TDs. The real bad news for opposing DBs?
Kenton returns eight of its Top 10 receivers. The main
target is senior WR Justin Sawmiller, a three-year starter, who caught
128 passes for 1,801 yards and 16 TDs last year. Also back are a pair of
studs in junior WRs Colyn Blackford and Kollin Stollar. Blackford
caught 54 passes for 684 yards and 10 TDs last year, while Stollar
caught 43 passes for 621 yards and nine TDs. What makes this Kenton team
special? It’s defense. The Wildcats feature two prominent defenders in
seniors Matt Bahr (LB) and Noah Furbush (DE). Bahr was the team’s
leading tackler last year (160 tackles), while Furbush (115 tackles, 13
TFL) has committed to Michigan. Kenton’s defense also returns junior DB
Trevor Downing (63 tackles, four INTs), senior DB Kuert Lautenschlager
(75 tackles, three INTs), junior LB Deric Legge (49 tackles) and junior
DL jake Hale (56 tackles, nine TFL).
Up Next:
8/30 vs Coldwater
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3. Bryan (11-1, Region 10 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Golden Bears capped one of the most impressive seasons in school
history (undefeated regular season, NWOAL title and home playoff win
over Watterson) by winning the inaugural Ohio National Guard JJHuddle
Ohio Team of the Year award. This season could be just as special. Bryan
returns talent galore including the senior trio of  QB/DB Austin
Schimmoeller (6-2, 185), WR/DB Brandon Poncsak (6-3, 170) and LB Jake
Jones (6-1, 210). Schimmoeller is the reigning NWOAL Offensive Player of
the Year, after rushing for 1,349 yards and throwing for 2,315 more. He
accounted for 45 Tds (24 rushing/21 passing). Poncsak (five INTs) and
Jones (133 tackles) were first team All-NWOAL. Also back are All-NWOAL
selections Daniel Pendegrast (sr., WR, 5-8, 150), Jordan Bostater (sr.,
OL, 6-0, 230), Brock Minor (sr., DB, 6-0, 200) and Dakota McNany (sr.,
DB, 6-0, 180). McNany had four INTs last year.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Van Wert
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4. Middletown Fenwick (8-3, Region 16 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Falcons are coming off a historic season in which they won the third
league title in school history, beat Alter and made the playoffs for the first time
since 2004. A bitter taste remains, though, after a first round loss at
Norwood. Fenwick returns one of Ohio’s most versatile players in senior
RB/WR/DB Frank Catrine who had 2,389 all-purpose yards (848 rushing,
596 receiving, 804 on kickoff returns) and 22 TDs last year. He also
punted and had 42 tackles and three INTs. In all, Fenwick returns
87-percent of a backfield that churned out 3,172 yards (and accounted
for 30 of the team’s 35 rushing TDs). The stable includes junior Jake
Percy (5-8, 155/528 yards, three TDs), senior Thomas Sheridan (5-11,
180/471 yards, four TDs) and senior Brandon Moore (6-0, 185/437 yards,
six TDs).
Up Next: 8/28 vs Edgewood
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5. Wyoming (7-3)
Outlook: The Cowboys have enough talent for an extended run. First team
All-Cincinnati Hills League senior QB Will Marty (6-4, 190) returns
after throwing for 2,413 yards and 24 TDs. Additional returning senior
All-CHL selections include RB Terrell Dailey (5-8, 170), LB Casey Howell
(xx), WR Dominic Vamosi (xx) and DB Jalen Fox (5-11, 180). Dailey ran
for 1,016 yards and scored 20 TDs last year, while Vamosi caught 34
passes for 571 yards and five TDs. Howell led the team in tackles (102)
and Fox – who has committed to Ohio – had 67 tackles and three INTs (one
TD). Junior DB Parker Chalmers (5-9, 160) had 91 tackles.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Aiken
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6. Gallipolis Gallia Academy (9-3, Region 12 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Blue Devils beat Cincinnati McNicholas in the first round of the
playoffs last year for their first postseason win since 2006 and their
first home postseason win since 2002. For an encore they’ll try to
deliver the program’s 11th playoff berth. Senior LB/RB Ty Warnimont
(5-9, 170) is a two-time first team All-Southeast Ohio Athletic League
selection and a force on both sides of the ball. He ran for 928 yards
and 10 TDs last year and registered 148 tackles, 10 sacks, five forced
fumbles and two INTs. Senior QB Wade Jerrell (6-0, 160) returns after
rushing for 1,035 yards and throwing for 1,231 more. He accounted for 25
TDs (14 passing).
Up Next: 8/30 vs Athens
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7. Genoa (11-1, Region 14 semifinalist)
Last Week: The Comets have made the playoffs five years in a row, but must replace
the Northern Buckeye Conference back (Kyle Nutter) and lineman (Nick
Keller) of the year if they want to do it again. Senior OL Michael
Deiter (6-4, 290) gives them a leg up on the latter. A special player
and first team NBC selection at both OL and DL last year, Deiter has
committed to Wisconsin. Also back for the Comets is two-way NBC first
teamer Logan Bryer (OL/DE). Offensively, look for second team NBC RB and
senior David Nutter (5-11, 200) to carry a lot of the load after
rushing for 535 yards and eight TDs last year. He also added 60 tackles
as an LB. Other key contributors for genoa are senior DL Max Reeder
(second team NBC), senior DB Casey Gose (second team NBC), senior WR
Quentin Spiess (HM NBC) and junior kicker Cody Pickard (first team NBC).
Pickard set the state record with six FGs in a win over Fostoria last
year.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Toledo Waite
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8. Chagrin Falls (11-2, Region 9 finalist)
Outlook: The Tigers are 51-6 the last four years and have played in four
straight regional finals. Graduation took its toll, but don’t fret
Chagrin Falls faithful. The Tigers aren’t going anywhere. CF returns
nine starters, including five on defense. Senior WR Matt Iammarino (5-8, 180) is back after setting school single-season records in receptions (58), receiving yards (1,134) and TDs (13). He also ran for three scores. Other key contributors include senior K Ed Shelley (6-0, 185/7-of-11 FGs), senior DB Joey Casarona (5-6, 160/75 tackles, three INTs), senior OL Daniel Herbener (6-1, 265/All-CVC), senior OL Alex Goebel (6-1, 235), senior
LB Lukas Sontich (6-2, 215/79 tackles, five TFL, two INTs) and junior
LB Sean Mackin (6-2, 215/72 tackles, four sacks).  Sontich has offers
from several Ivy League schools. Expect Shelley to slide in at QB and Casarona to contribute at RB. The wildcard is the return of senior WR/DB Michael Munday who started on the Tigers 2011 state final four team but missed last year with a knee injury. Other seniors to watch are LB Sam Zdolshek, OL Kurt Stueber and DB Blake Eagle. Head coach Mark Iammarino is 143-62 entering his 19th season at CF.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Madison
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9. Watterson (7-4, Region 10 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Eagles have missed the playoffs just three times in 21 years. Expect another postseason trip. Head coach Dan Bjelac (80-37 in 10 years) said Watterson is looking forward to continuing
its “great tradition” and “excited about the challenges” that provides.
The Eagles return a solid trio of senior RBs in Walter Green (5-6,
155/754 yards, eight TDs), DeAndre Golden (5-9, 189/408 yards) and Cody
Calhoun (5-11, 195/362 yards).  Key receiving threats return in senior
WRs Ryan Urquhart (5-10, 175) and Patrick Roark (6-2, 188) and senior TE
Alec Greene (6-3, 222). Junior K
Michael Harper (5-11, 155) is a nice weapon (29 PATs, hit 5-of-6 FGs).
Defensively, senior DE Kyle Fada (6-2, 252/46 tackles), senior DL John
Bogue (6-1, 260/59 tackles), Calhoun (51 tackles), Urquhart (43 tackles)
and Roark (36 tackles) return. Other key contributors will be senior HB
Jacob Graham (5-10, 205), senior OL Nate DiPalma (6-0, 223), senior FB
Evan Woosely (5-9, 178), junior HB Jack Haley (5-9, 214) and junior DB
Bena Kaminski (5-11, 189). The schedule
is tough again with games against Walnut Ridge, Mason, Walsh Jesuit,
Winton Woods, LaSalle, Hartley, DeSales, St. Charles and Jonathan Alder.
Up Next:
8/30 @ Walnut Ridge
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10. Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (6-5, Region 15 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The return of senior QB Brady Byers (6-3, 200) and junior RB Jake Davis
(5-9, 210) have elevated expectations for the Braves who are coming off
back-to-back playoff appearances. The program is still looking for its
first postseason win. Byers ran for 847 yards and nine TDs and threw for
975 yards and four TDs. He also caught a TD pass and had seven INTs as a DB. Davis ran for 1,587 yards and 25 TDs. Senior
LB/WR Logan Ryan (6-0, 180) leads the defense (73 tackles) and doubles
as the team’s leading receiver (28 receptions, 635 yards, three TDs).
Keep an eye on junior DL Kyle Contini (5-10, 210/90 tackles, 13.5 TFL,
5.5 sacks). Sophomore DB Brady Cotsmire (5-11, 155/50 tackles and three
INTs) and junior DL Brock Weber (6-6, 245/50 tackles, nine sacks) will
contribute heavily. 
Up Next: 8/30 @ Sandy Valley
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Under Consideration (Alphabetical Order)

Alter (8-2-1, Region 12 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Knights have been to the playoff 12 years in a row, but the last two
seasons have suffered disappointing early round exists. This year look
for defense to carry the torch. Alter returns nine All-GCL players, six
of which are defenders. That group is all seniors
and includes WR/DB Jordan George, LB John Manfreda (46 tackles), LB Tim
Seifret (67 tackles), DL Lane Breyer, DL Joe Kramer and LB Andrew
Seifert. On offense, look for senior RB Tommy Ruff (341 yards, three
TDs) to get plenty of touches.  Senior K Michael Ruffolo is a serious
threat. Junior DL Kraig Howe (6-3, 253) is one to watch.
Opener: 8/30 @ Kettering Fairmont

Caledonia River Valley (8-3, Region 10 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Vikings are coming off back-to-back playoff appearances and looking
for the first three-year postseason stretch in program history. RV is
also looking for the school’s first playoff win. And it’s within grasp.
Head coach Doug Green (fourth
season at RV/82-68 career record) returns a talented group that should
produce plenty of points. Senior QB Matt Green (5-9, 160) returns after
throwing for 10 TDs and running
for five last season. Also back are senior RBs Gage Stuckman (5-9, 185)
and Dylan Kelley (5-10, 165) who each ran for over 550 yards and scored
nine TDs. Senior RB De Clarke (5-9, 175) had over 200 yards receiving
and rushing and scored three TDs last year. Senior kicker Eric Bell
(6-0, 200/45 PATs), senior TE Cy Perry (6-2, 200/103 yards receiving,
TD) and senior offensive linemen Jimmy Longo (6-0, 250), Collin Mitchell
(5-11, 210) and Austin Guthrie (6-2, 230) also return. Defensively,
senior DB Tyler Simmons (5-11, 165/79 tackles), senior DE Jordan Hale
(6-1, 210/28 tackles), senior LB Garrett Trafzer (5-9, 195/33 tackles)
and Kelley (3 1tackles, two INTs) headline the unit. The schedule got a
facelift with new non-league games (Granville, Marion Harding and
Loudonville) and new MOAC foes (Jonathan Alder and Fairbanks). “We’ve
added some bigger schools and some teams that have a playoff history,”
Green said. “We’re excited about the change. We hope to improve
throughout the season and compete for the MOAC championship and qualify for the state playoffs.”
Opener: 8/30 vs Granville

Carlisle (8-2)
Outlook: The Indians could be dangerous. Carlisle
returns a talented backfield in senior QB Levi Boyer (6-1, 195) and
junior RB Jason Sandlin (5-7, 150). Boyer was the SWBL Buckeye Division
QB of the Year last season after throwing for 1,994 yards and 15 TDs
and running for 554 yards and seven TDs. Sandlin, second team All-SWBL,
ran for 1,090 yards and eight TDs. Senior Dylan Clay (5-9, 155) is the
top returning receiver (32 rec., 480 yards, four TDs). Senior WR Gideon
Cunningham (6-2, 160) is a special teams threat (three kick returns for TDs last year). Senior DL Darren Milligan (6-1, 270) anchors the defense.
Opener: 8/30 vs Franklin

Galion (9-2, Region 14 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Tigers are coming off just their second playoff berth since 1989 and
are poised for another trip to Week 11. Senior QB/ATH Dareian Watkins
(6-1, 204) looks to complete his career as a four-time all-conference
performer and has committed to Northwestern. Wisconsin, Penn State,
Michigan State, Iowa, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Kentucky were among
those that also offered. Senior DB Cario Davison (6-2, 196) should make
an impact after transferring from Walnut Ridge.
Opener: 8/30 @ Fairbanks

Johnstown-Monroe (10-3, Region 15 finalist)
Outlook: The Johnnies have played in two straight regional finals. Three straight
isn’t out of the question. Junior RB Cody Farley (5-11, 180) leads the
charge after rushing for 1,792 yards and 17 TDs last season. Senior
TE/DE Clayton Bullard (6-4, 200) is one of Ohio’s small school
best. He had 123 tackles last year, including 20 TFL. Senior K/P
Charles Benton (6-4, 200) has connected on 101 of 115 career PATs. The
Johnnies return four starters on offense and six on defense. Several players from an undefeated reserve team are expected to contribute.
Opener: 8/30 vs Chillicothe

Minford (8-3, Region 15 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Falcons rebounded from a 4-6 finish to make the playoffs for the
fifth time in six seasons. Expectations are high again. Senior OL Jared
McCray (6-5, 300) is one of Ohio’s best and has committed to Louisville.
He’ll block for a talented tandem of seniors in QB Cody Stapleton
(5-11, 178) and FB Austin Carter (5-10, 195). Stapleton threw for 844
yards and ran for 178 en route to accounting for 16 TDs last season,
while Carter ran for 807 yards and nine TDs. Carter also had 44 tackles
and eight TFL at LB. McCray and Carter were first team All-SOC II. Head
coach Brent Daniels is 45-20 in six seasons. Other key contributors will
be RB Zach Justice (jr., 5’9, 165), RB Grant Piguet (jr., 5″10, 185),
DE Nathan Compton (sr., 5’10, 195), WR Caleb Clark sr., 6’0, 180), DB
Jack White (sr., 6’2, 175), LB Levi Jenkins (sr., 5’8, 195), OL Kane
Madden (so., 6’3, 310),  OL Austin Mcknight (sr., 5’9, 200) and OL Seth
Rickman (sr., 6-0, 225). Big non-league games loom with Grandview
Heights, Oak Hill and Portsmouth. “We have a senior layden club this
year and most have been starting
since they were sophomores,” Daniels said. “We have good depth in
several positions on the offensive side of the ball, but we need to have
a couple of younger kids step up on defense.”
Opener: 8/30 @ Rock Hill

Ontario (6-4)
Outlook: The Warriors will again ride the talented senior backfield of RB Jordan
Campbell (5-10, 200) and QB Tyler Boatwright (5-11, 200). Campbell ran
for 1,785 yards and scored 33 TDs last year, while Boatwright  accounted
for 1,030 total yards and seven TDs. Defensively, Ontario returns its
top four tacklers, including junior LB Bronson Krull (6-2, 230/74
tackles), senior DB Logan Armstrong (5-11, 180/72 tackles), Boatwright
(62 tackles) and junior LB Aaron Baker (5-11, 200/59 tackles).
Opener: 8/30 vs Lexington

Steubenville (9-3, Region 11 semifinalist)
Outlook: Big Red will be led by senior DB Robert Harden (6-1, 190). A four-year
starter, Harden had 47 tackles, including 12 TFL last year. He had 52
tackles as a sophomore and 47 as a freshman.
Opener: 8/29 vs Detroit (MI) Central

Urbana (9-2, Region 10 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: New head coach Nick Marion (a 2007 UHS grad) inherits a team heavy on
talent. The Hillclimbers have won 14 straight Central Buckeye Conference
mad River Division games and three straight conference titles. Junior
QB Nathan Mays (6-3, 185) is a two-time CBC Mad River Player of the Year
whose thrown for over 4,000 yards and 58 TDs in two years. Also back
are four All-CBC seniors in OL/DL Jake Quick (5-11, 245), RB/DB Shane
Ware (5-11, 190), FB/LB Drake Forest (5-11, 165) and OL/DL Justin Weller
(6-2, 260). Ware had six INTs and caught 35 passes for 591 yards and
nine TDs last year, while Frost caught four TD passes and had 82
tackles.
Opener: 8/30 vs London

Wooster Triway (7-3)
Outlook: The return of junior QB Parker Carmichael (5-11, 160) gives the
Titans a shot in any game. Carmichael threw for 2,745 yards and 30 TDs
and ran for 220 yards and eight TDs last year.  Junior Jordon Miller
(5-8, 155/43 receptions, 445 yards, nine TDs) leads a young receiving
corps. Junior LB Troy Haven (5-10, 165/77 tackles, 18 TFL) spearheads
the defense.  
Opener: 8/30 @ West Holmes

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