Bryan receives National Guard Ohio HS Football Team of the Year Award
You voted, you decided...what team had Ohio's best performance this Year? According to the 22,000-plus votes it was Bryan. The Golden Bears were recently presented the 2012 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Team of the Year Award after netting 11,000 votes in the three week long competition.
The voting concluded for the first annual Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio HS Football Team of the Year back in December and Bryan was announced the winner. Recently, the Golden Bears received their awards: Full-size helmet trophy and banner for gym. During the regular season, over 200,000 votes were cast in the weekly ONG JJH POW and TOW award competitions. During the three week long TOY voting window over 22,000 votes were cast.
National Guard JJH Ohio Team of the Year
The Golden Bears earned Week 7 TOW honors by snapping a 12-game losing streak to Patrick Henry and beating the Patriots for the first time since 1999 with a 32-28 win. How Bryan got the victory is nothing short of amazing. Down 28-13 in the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears rallied with three TDs in the final 5:09 to win the game. Two scores followed successful onside kickoff attempts. QB Austin Schimmoeller led the attack by running for two TDs and throwing for two more. Bryan went on to complete a perfect 10-0 season and win its first Northwest Ohio Athletic League title since 1986. The Golden Bears also earned the program’s second playoff berth ever and secured the school’s first ever home playoff game (which resulted in a win over Columbus Watterson).
The 2012 Top 3:
1. Bryan: 11,004 votes
2. Norwalk: 5,261 votes
3. New Lebanon Dixie: 4,110 votes
ONG JJH Ohio Team of the Week Winners
*Week 1: Sidney
The Yellow Jackets earned Week 1 TOW honors after snapping a 20-game losing streak with a 10-7 OT win over St. Marys. Ironically, the win meant Sidney’s last three victories were all in OT, including wins over Vandalia-Butler and Troy to conclude the 2009 season. Sidney started the season 2-0 before finishing 4-6. It won its Week 10 game with Greenville 38-0.
*Week 2: New Lebanon Dixie
The Greyhounds earned Week 2 TOW honors after beating Germantown Valley View for the first time since 1985 (27 years) and doing it convincingly, 45-27. Senior QB Luke Bowling threw for 250 yards and three TDs and ran for 110 yards. He also intercepted three passes and returned one for a TD in the win over the Spartans. Dixie used a huge Week 8 win over Milton-Union, 28-27, to propel it to the program’s first playoff berth ever (D-V Region 20). The Greyhounds 7-3 finish was also just the school’s second winning season since 1983.
*Week 3: Miamisburg
After going 4-36 the last four years, the Vikings won the Week 3 TOW award after improving to 2-1 under new head coach Steve Chanel with a 13-10 win over previously unbeaten Franklin. It was the teams’ first meeting since 2004. The Burg’s defense forced three turnovers and scored on one (a 10-yard INT return by Tyler Ikerd). The Burg didn’t end there. Under Chanel, who spent 21 seasons at Trenton Edgewood and led the Cougars to 10 playoff appearances and the 2003 D-II state final, Burg notched its first winning season since 2003 by finishing 7-3. The Vikings finished second in the GWOC South (4-1) behind undefeated Springboro and were one spot shy of the playoffs at No. 9 in the final D-I Region 4 computer points.
*Week 4: Hamilton Township
The Rangers earned Week 4 TOW honors after improving to 4-0 for the first time since 1975 with a 42-7 win over Logan Elm. The Rangers, who were attempting to go 5-0 for the first time since 1962, lost to Circleville in Week 5. Four teams from the Mid-State League Buckeye Division made the playoffs – Canal Winchester, Circleville, Logan Elm and Bloom-Carroll – but Hamilton Township , which finished 7-3, didn’t. The Rangers finished No. 11 in D-II Region 7 computer points.
*Week 5: Circleville
After going just 2-8 last year, the Tigers earned Week 5 TOW honors after improving to 4-1 with 36-15 win over previously unbeaten Hamilton Township. Circleville, which went 10-30 the last four years after going 8-4 in 2007, finished the season 6-4 and earned the program’s first playoff berth since 2007 (in D-III Region 12).
*Week 6: Norwalk
The Truckers had their first winning season (7-3) since 1977 last year and earned Week 6 TOW honors after improving to 6-0 with a 49-7 win at Shelby – their first there since 1988. The win was also Norwalk's largest margin of victory over the Whippets in Shelby in the modern era. WR Jordan Johnson accounted for three TDs three different ways (passing, receiving and rushing). The Truckers won in Week 7 too before losing three straight to end the season and finish out of the playoffs at No. 10 in D-II Region 6.
*Week 7: Bryan
The Golden Bears earned Week 7 TOW honors by snapping a 12-game losing streak to Patrick Henry and beating the Patriots for the first time since 1999 with a 32-28 win. How Bryan got the victory is nothing short of amazing. Down 28-13 in the fourth quarter, the Golden Bears rallied with three TDs in the final 5:09 to win the game. Two scores followed successful onside kickoff attempts. QB Austin Schimmoeller led the attack by running for two TDs and throwing for two more. Bryan went on to complete a perfect 10-0 season and win its first Northwest Ohio Athletic League title since 1986. The Golden Bears also earned the program’s second playoff berth ever and secured the school’s first ever home playoff game.
*Week 8: Coldwater
The Cavaliers earned Week 8 TOW honors by continuing their dominating run with a 27-0 shutout win over Marion Local. Coldwater finished the season 10-0 and won its first MAC title since 2008 by overwhelming the opposition. In eight MAC games, Coldwater outscored Versailles, Delphos St. John’s, Minster, St. Henry, Anna, Marion Local, Parkway and Fort Recovery 274-32. Coldwater, ranked No. 1 in the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle D-V Power Poll all season, allowed just 54 points all season en route to earning the school’s 16th playoff berth in a row. That streak is now Ohio’s top current streak after Columbus DeSales had its streak of consecutive playoff berths snapped at 18. Coldwater entered the D-V Region 20 playoffs looking to make its fourth straight D-V state final.
*Week 9: Fenwick
The Falcons earned Week 9 TOW honors after beating Alter for the first time ever with a 35-34 win. Fenwick stuffed the Knights on a 2-point conversion to secure the victory. The Falcons finished the season 8-2 and earned a share of their first ever GCL Divisional title (North with Alter). Fenwick also beat Chaminade Julienne to record the first sweep of Alter and CJ in the same season. The Falcons earned the program’s 15th postseason berth but first since 2004 and advanced to the D-IV Region 16 playoffs.
*Week 10: Clinton-Massie
The Falcons earned Week 10 TOW honors by becoming just the 19th team in state history to score over 600 points in a season (and one of the rare few to do it in 10 games) as they won their seventh straight South Central Ohio League title with a 76-0 win over East Clinton. After the regular season, Massie’s 60.6 points per game scoring average was tied for fourth in state history and is the highest scoring season to date for a team since Delphos St. John’s averaged 55.8 points in 1998. In SCOL games alone, Massie outscored its league opponents 455-25 this year. Since joining the SCOL in 2005, Massie is 47-2 in league play. The Falcons are riding a 32-game SCOL win streak. K Callum Jones kicked 77 PATs during the regular season, which ranks fifth on the state single-season record list. Massie advanced to the playoffs (D-IV Region 16) for the 11th straight season.