The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division II 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?
2013 Ohio HS Football Preview
OHIO NATIONAL GUARD & JJH POWER POLL
DIVISION II PRESEASON RANKINGS
The Power Polls…are back. JJHuddle’s immensely popular state football
rankings continue today with the release of the Division II 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.
1. Glenville (8-2)
Outlook: The Tarblooders are one of the favorites for the D-II state title and own four JJHuddle Top 100 senior prospects
in OL Marcelys Jones (6-5, 325), DB Erik Simpson (6-0, 185), DB Erick
Smith (6-0, 178) and WR/DB Marshon Lattimore (6-0, 175). Jones is
committed to Ohio State, while Lattimore has offers from Ohio State,
Alabama, Oregon, Michigan, USC and Tennessee among others. Smith also
owns an Ohio State offer (along with Alabama) and Simpson owns several MAC
offers. Senior QB Quan Robinson (6-2, 167) holds an offer from Kent
State. A wildcard is Mineral Ridge transfer and senior RB Devine Redding
(5-10, 190) who ran for over 1,100 yards last year. A couple juniors
to watch are LB Matt Draper (6-2, 195) and ATH Trevon Story (5-10, 160).
Up Next: 8/31 @ St. Edward
2. Massillon Washington (11-2, Region 2 finalist)
Outlook: The Tigers had a remarkable season in 2012. They beat D-IV state
champion Akron SVSM, Steubenville and rival Canton McKinley twice,
knocking the Bulldogs out of the playoffs in Week 12. Massillon fell to
Whitmer in the regional final. There are holes to fill, but the Tigers
have a solid nucleus intact. Expectations are high and they should be.
The Tigers possess three JJHuddle 2014 Top 100 prospects in WR/DB Marcus
Whitfield (No. 71), OL Nathaniel Devers (No. 85) and TE Beau Huffman
(No. 99). Whitfield (6-0, 170) is a dynamic player
who caught 32 passes for 642 yards and five TDs and returned 10 punts
for 146 yards and a TD last year. Huffman (6-3, 212) caught 11 passes
for 170 yards and three TDs last year. Devers (6-5, 275) committed to
Cincinnati over offers from from Toledo, Akron, Bowling Green,
Ohio, Buffalo, Indiana, Connecticut and Marshall. Other key returners
are: OL/DL Devin Williams (6’2″, 255, jr.), DL/TE Leslie Dudley (6′,
225, sr.), LB Danny Robinson (5’11”, 215, jr.), P/K Andrew David (5’9″,
170, jr./Michigan commit), RB/DL JD Crabtree (5’10”, 205, jr.), OL Chase
Lash (6’5″, 298, jr.), RB/DB Mike Smith (5’9″, 175, jr.) and LB Devon
Ingram (5’10”, 205, sr.). Keep an eye on junior DB Reggie Rogers (6-1,
175), a transfer from Akron Firetsone. Head coach
Jason Hall is two wins shy of reaching 50 at Massillon. “Our offseason
has been one of the best since I have been here,” Hall said. “Our team
speed will be an asset to us again this season. We return a veteran
offensive line and skill position players.” The schedule includes Akron SVSM, Steubenville, Warren Harding, Mentor Lake Catholic, Fitch and as always – McKinley (in Week 10).
Up Next: 8/29 vs Massillon Perry
3. Winton Woods (8-4, Region 8 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Warriors have been to the playoffs seven of the last eight years and
won the D-II state title in 2009. Might be time to add another trophy
to the case. The Warriors have a brutal schedule, but they also have one of Ohio’s best defenses on paper. Senior DL Daniel Cage is a JJHuddle Top 100
player who holds offers from Florida, Michigan State, Nebraska,
Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and others. Last year Cage (6-3, 245) had
54 tackles. Senior DB Mike Edwards (6-0, 189) is another JJHuddle Top 10
player who has committed to Kentucky. Edwards has 154 career tackles to
go with six INTs and three fumble recoveries. Other standouts include seniors
DB Jerrell Foster (31 tackles, Kent State offer), DE Adrian Rankin (60
tackles, 7.5 sacks, Western Michigan offer), DB Demetrius Suesberry
(offer from Akron), LB Aaron Smith (47 tackles, six sacks) and LB Torrez
Curtis and junior LB David Long (81 tackles, offer from Illinois). Keep
an eye on Colerain transfer and junior DL George Brown (6-6, 249) who
has over over 30 offers, including Florida, Michigan State, UCLA,
Clemson and others. The schedule opens against Lakota West and also includes Hamilton, Mason, Watterson, Thurgood Marshall and Elder.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Lakota West
4. Zanesville (9-2, Region 7 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Blue Devils are poised for a big season. The goal? To make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. No lie. Zanesville owns just five postseason appearances in school
history and is 1-5 in the postseason. Time to write some history.
Senior QB Thomas Wibbeler (6-0, 179) returns after throwing for a school record 2,954 yards and 36 TDs last year. His favorite target – senior WR JT McFarland (5-11, 181) – is also back. McFarland posted school records
in receptions (60) and receiving yards (1,163) last season in addition
to catching 18 TDs. On the OL, senior Austin Kimble (6-4, 258) is the
anchor. Defensively, the Blue Devils are just as stacked with the senior
quartet of LB Tristan Rock (6-0, 210/All-ECOL), DL David Johnson (5-9,
175), DB Jamal Gladden 5-10, 182) and DB Dar Stanford (5-11,
174/All-ECOL). The schedule is loaded with Columbus South, Sheridan, Tri-Valley, Dover and New Philly.
Up Next: 8/30 vs Newark
5. Troy (4-6)
Outlook: 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.
Up Next: 8/30 @ Chaminade Julienne
6. Avon Lake (8-3, Region 2 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Shoremen have two JJHuddle Top 10 Prospects
in senior DL/TE Kyle Kuhar (6-4, 245/Ohio commit) and senior DE/OL Ben
Oxley (6-6, 275/Northwestern commit). Senior LB Collin Lucas (6-1, 225)
has a Kent State offer. Senior DB Max Seipel (6-1, 200) is an
Up Next: 8/30 @ Avon
7. Sylvania Southview (6-4)
Outlook: The Cougars have a trio of JJHuddle Top 100 senior prospects in WR/DB
Nathan Hall (6-3, 205/Northwestern commit), WR/DB JJ Pinckney (6-4,
182/Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana offers) and OL/DL Ryan
Stout (6-6, 255/MAC offers).
Up Next: 8/30 @ Toledo St. Francis
8. Hamilton Township (7-3)
Outlook: The Rangers opened 4-0 for the first time since 1975 last season but a
3-3 finish over the final six games kept them out of the playoffs. Head coach
Nathan Hillerich (20-10 in three years) expects this year’s club to
contend for the program’s first postseason berth since 2002.
“Expectations will be high,” Hillerich said. “We return seven all-league
players and 13 starters from 2012. Filling the quarterback position
will be the toughest task.” Junior Dante White looks like the
frontrunner to take over QB duties. His learning curve will be cushioned
by the return of junior Slot/DB Aaron Hall-Williams (5-8, 168), the
reigning Mid-State League Offensive Back of the Year. Hall-Williams ran
for 659 yards and nine TDs on 59 carries, caught 37 passes for 693 yards
and six TDs and returned two of his three INTs for TDs. Another key
returnee is senior DE/TE Micky Crum (6-4, 240) who has committed to
Louisville. Crum ran for two TDs, caught two TD passes and had 29
tackles last year. Additional players of note are senior Lorenzio
Bridges (5-11, 186/529 yards rushing, five TDs, 34 tackles), senior DB
Dylan Napier (5-10, 155/62 tackles) and junior DB Dashawn Nelms (5-8,
150/43 tackles). On the OL/DL the Rangers return Kedtrick West, Logan
Jones, Michael Wellman, Alonzo Jewell and Ben Swauger. New to the schedule are nonleague opponents Licking Heights (Week2) and Worthington Kilbourne (Week 3).
Up Next: 8/30 vs Columbus East
9. Grafton Midview (9-2, Region 6 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Middies will lean on standout senior QB Cody Calloway (6-3, 196) who has committed to Bowling Green. Calloway owns multiple school records
and has thrown for over 2,000 yards in each of the last two seasons
(4,215 total). He’s also thrown 41 TDs and rushed for 14 more over that
span. Senior K Brandon Matchum (5-10, 170) is a good one. Junior DB
Dante Redwood (5-10, 165) leads the defense.
Up Next: 8/30 @ Lorain
10. Kent Roosevelt (10-2, Region 5 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Rough Riders seniors have the chance to be the first class in school history to play in four postseasons. Veteran head coach John Nemec (222-101-3 career record) has things rolling as he enters is 29th season at Roosevelt. The concern on offense is replacing D-I recruits
at QB and WR, but this team’s strength will be defense where nine
starters, including seven with a 3.5 gpa or higher, return. The leader
of the unit is senior LB Matt Sommers (6-2, 225) who has committed to Kent State. Other key returners are seniors
Kardell Jackson (DB/WR, 5-10, 175), Stan Zalewski (OL/DL, 6-2, 260),
Coery Spicer (DE/TE, 6-1, 220) and Michael Bush (LB, 6-0, 205). All four
were All-Portage Trail Conference
Metro Division selections. Jackson is just the third four-year starter
Nemec’s had in 32 years. Junior WR/DB Luther Fortson (5-10, 180) will
contribute heavily. “Our players work hard and expect to win,” Nemec
said. “They are a good group of kids.” Four of the first five games are
on the road, including non-league tilts at Akron Hoban and Cuyahoga
Falls. Week 2 against Stow-Munroe Falls is home. Conversely, the Rough
Riders close with four of five at home.
Up Next: 8/29 @ Akron Archbishop Hoban
Under Consideration (Alphabetical Order)
Canal Winchester (9-3, Region 7 semifinalist)
Outlook: The Indians join the OCC Cardinal
Division this year after being a member of the Mid-State League since
1966. Only two teams (Delaware Hayes and Dublin Scioto) remain from last
year’s schedule. Senior DB Khari Golden (5-9, 170) returns after making
100 tackles and eight INTs as a junior. Also back is junior WR Skyler
Scott (6-2, 215) who caught 25 passes for 545 yards and six TDs.
Opener: 8/30 vs Olentangy
Cincinnati LaSalle (4-6)
Outlook: 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.
Opener: 8/30 vs Oak Hills
Dublin Scioto (8-3, Region 3 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The Irish will be dropping to Division II after making week 11 a season
ago in D-I. Scioto dropped regular season decisions to playoff
participants Dublin Coffman and Hilliard Darby before losing to
Olentangy in the playoffs. “We graduate a talented senior class that took us back to the playoffs and had us in the hunt for a league championship,” stated head coach
Karl Johnson. “Our success in 2013 will be dependent upon our ability
to fill those positions lost by graduation and our juniors ability to
step into leadership roles and to lead by example” Scioto welcome backs a
pair of offensive lineman in Jacob Schafer (5’11/240/Sr.) and Brennen
Sawicki (6’2/260/Jr.). The latter is drawing Division I interest and
earned 1st Team all-league as a sophomore. Versatile senior Darius McDonald, who owns a Kentucky offer, returns after hauling in 45 receptions as a junior. Senior
Cody Steffy (5’8/160) snatched 24 balls for 160 yards a year ago. Troy
Zimmerman (6’0/250) returns on defense after making 131 stops last year earning
him 2nd Team all-league. Jack Flood (5’11/180/Sr.) recorded 101 tackles
from his safety spot. Spencer Talentino (5’9/175/Sr.) also returns
following a 78-tackle campaign and Division 1 prospect Elijah Berry
(6’0/250/Sr.) is welcomed back on the defensive line after making 68
stops as a junior. Junior linebacker (6’3/205) is another name to watch
along with Sawicki, who was 2nd Team all-district. A big weapon Scioto
will have in its arsenal will be junior kicker Sam Crosa (5’7/130).
Crosa was 2nd Team all-league and Special Mention all-district as a
sophomore. He converted 46-of-47 PATs and 11-of-13 field goals. Canal
Winchester enters Scioto’s division of the OCC and moves from week 1 to
10 and Worthington Kilbourne will be leaving its division and move from
week 10 to 1. “We play a very schedule, including what I think is the
toughest division of the OCC from top to bottom,” said Johnson.
Opener: 8/30 vs Worthngton Kilbourne
Mansfield Senior (8-3, Region 6 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: The TYgers are thinking playoffs with a standout cast returning.
Defensively, Mansfield returns a strong senior trio in DL Antonio
Sanderfer (6-0, 190), LB Jaleel Taylor (6-0, 200/129 tackles, seven
sacks, two INTs) and DB Chek Washington
(6-0, 190/89 tackles, five INTs, three defensive TDs). On offense,
senior QB Jalen Reese (6-3, 180) returns for his third year as a
starter. Reese owns school records for passing yards in a game and seaosn. Washington is a standout WR (49 rec., 678 yards and nine TDs).
Opener: 8/30 vs Big Walnut
Medina Highland (7-3)
Outlook: The Hornets finished ninth in Region 6 last year and just missed out on
the program’s fourth playoff appearance in five years. The dynamic
senior pass-catch duo of QB Bruce Kinsey (6-1, 170) and WR Cory Moncol
(6-0, 173) return to an offense that set school records for scoring average (36.5 points), yards (390.9 per game) and first downs (21.7 per game). Kinsey set school records for single-season passing yards (1,689) and TDs (17) and single-game passing yards (318), total yards (395) and TDs (five).
Opener: 8/30 @ Wooster
Mt. Healthy (9-2, Region 8 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: 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.
Opener: 8/30 vs Anderson
New Albany (11-3, Region 7 Champion)
Outlook: The Eagles have a new head coach Pat Samanich whose served as the
program’s offensive coordinator since 2005. New Albany returns six
starters on defense, including senior DB Victor Chamberlin (5-10, 205)
who had 64 tackles, four sacks and an INT last season. The offense
returns five starters, led by senior RB Leslie Anoyke (5-9, 190) who
rushed for 883 yards and nine TDs as a junior.
Opener: 8/30 vs Reynoldsburg
Tecumseh (8-3, Region 7 quarterfinalist)
Outlook: 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).
Opener: 8/30 @ Fairborn
Walnut Hills (5-5)
Outlook: The Eagles went just 3-47 from 2003-07, but are 25-26 under head coach
George Kontsis the last five years. The ascent should continue as WH
competes for the program’s second-ever playoff berth. The offense
returns several key standouts at the skill positions, including senior WR Kendal Fitzgerald (33 receptions, 418 yards, four TDs) and senior RB Tierin Williams (548 yards rushing and eight TDs). Junior QB Kevin Blount (948 passing yards, 702 rushing yards, 14 combined TDs) and senior TE Randall Mincy (16 receptions, 175 yards receiving) also return. Senior DB Nilijah Ballew is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect and has committed to Louisville.
Opener: 8/30 @ Sycamore
Walnut Ridge (7-3)
Outlook: The Scots lost two games by one point last year and finished ninth in computer points in Region 7. Ouch. Senior DE Robert Bowers (6-5, 207) is a JJHuddle Top 100
prospect who holds offers from Cincinnati, West Virginia, Louisville,
Michigan State and Pittsburgh. Last year he had 49 tackles, 10 TFL and
7.5 sacks. At LB, the Scots feature
one of Ohio’s top junior prospects in Anthony McKee (6-2, 190) who has
offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois.
He made 116 tackles last year.
Opener: 8/30 vs Watterson
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