Team To Beat
*Trotwood-Madison (12-3, Division II State Runner-Up): The Rams have played in three straight state finals and have their sights set on four. It’s an attainable goal. Senior RB Ashton Jackson (5-11, 180) assumes the No. 1 role from Isreal Green and is ready to showcase the talents that have earned him offers from Purdue, Illinois and several MAC schools. Jackson is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and has rushed for 37 career TDs…MORE
Teams To Watch
*Dayton Thurgood Marshall (12-2, Region 12 champions): The Cougars are 40-6 on the field the last four years and made the deepest run ever in the state playoffs by a Dayton City League team last season. A prolific double wing offense fueled by confusion and talent produced 767 points last year (54.5 per game) as Marshall surpassed 60 points in over half (seven) its games. The catalyst this year is senior RB/DB Vayante Copeland (6-0, 183) who is a JJHuddle 2014 Top 100 player…MORE
*Franklin (10-2, Region 8 semifinalist): The Wildcats have one of the most talented Athletes in the state at QB in junior Luke Kennard (6-5, 182). Kennard, the SWBL QB of the Year last season after throwing for 1,744 yards and 23 TDs, is also a star point guard that holds hoops offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Dayton, and Notre Dame…MORE
*Hamilton Ross (6-4): The Rams will feature a dynamic running game led by seniors Andrew Dunn (5-9, 172/847 yards, six TDs) and Drew Chase (5-10, 185/315 yards, six TDs) and juniors Dalton Jones (5-9, 180/372 yards, seven TDs) and John Kinkaid (5-10, 200/276 yards, two TDs)…MORE
*Springfield Kenton Ridge (6-4): The Cougars return a nice pass-catch combo in junior QB Mitchell Schneider (5-7, 156/823 yards passing, seven TDs, 619 yards rushing, six TDs) and junior WR Joey Conley (6-1, 175/229 yards, six TDs). On defense…MORE
*Tippecanoe (8-3, Region 8 quarterfinalist): The Red Devils own nine playoff berths in program history – including the stretch of eight straight their riding now. Tipp is stacked and has been building to this season. Senior RBs Jacob Hall (6-2, 215) and Cameron Johnson (6-0, 180) form a potent 1-2 punch. In two years as starters, Hall has rushed for 3,087 yards and 40 TDs, while Johnson has gone for 1,716 yards and 18 TDs…MORE
*Western Brown (8-2): Senior QB Deyvn Wood is the reigning SBAAC Player of the Year after throwing for 2,700 yards, rushing for 304 yards and accounting for over 30 total TDs. The Broncos also return…MORE
Keep An Eye On
*Bellbrook (5-5): The Golden Eagles are looking to snap an eight-year playoff drought. Bellbrook returns junior QB/LB Alex Fryman (5-11, 190) who was first team All-SWBL last year. Other key returners are…MORE
*Carroll (2-7): The Patriots return two All-GCL players in seniors Chris Adams (OL, 6-4, 280) and Cary Sullivan (RB/LB, 5-10, 205). After that the experience is limited…MORE
*Celina (7-3): The Bulldogs return a trio of key seniors in WR Braelen bader (5-11, 175), LB Quinn Giesige (6-1, 190) and OL Alex Giesige (6-1, 185).
*Greenville (1-9): The Green Wave could surprise some people this season. Senior RB/DB Ryan Eldridge (6-0, 180) returns after rushing for 651 yards and six TDs and registering 56 tackles. The LB corps of senior Ryan Drew (6-3, 235) and junior Bryce Jenkinson (6-1, 220) is a good one…MORE
*Oxford Talawanda (1-9): Junior RB Maurice Thomas (6-1, 160/1,303 yards, 15 TDs) and senior LB Dakota Byrd (6-0, 200) return after earning first team All-SWOC honors last year.
*Springfield Shawnee (8-4, Region 12 semifinalist): The Braves are coming off a historic run that produced a D-III state finals appearance in 2011 and a win over Alter last season. There are holes to fill…MORE.
*Wapakoneta (7-3): The Redskins are coming off the best three-year run (23-7 in regular season) in program history under veteran head coach Doug Frye. “We will be a young team this season with not much depth in our senior class,” Frye said. “Our program has improved and should help us to be successful. Our kids have learned to compete and work hard.” Key returners are…MORE
*Wilmington (5-5): The Hurricane return three key seniors at the skill positions. RB Zach Day (5-9, 165) will again lead the offense after rushing for 1,222 yards and 19 TDs last year. He lost just one fumble…MORE
Also In This Region
St. Marys (0-10), Graham (1-9), Goshen (5-5), New Richmond (5-5), Cincinnati Woodward (1-9), Cincinnati Hughes (4-6), Cincinnati Taft (7-3), Hillsboro (0-10), Bellefontaine (1-8), Belmont (4-6), Ponitz (1-9), Meadowdale (1-9)