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1. St. Henry (3-7)
* Players to Watch – QB Kyle Stahl (6-5, 225, jr.), TE/LB/K Alex Post (6-2, 200, jr.), DB Jordan Bender (6-0, 170, jr.), DB Nate Uhlenhake (5-11, 160, sr.), DL Dom Leugers (6-2 200, jr.), WR Matt Osterholt (5-9, 165, jr.), LB Steven Luttmer (5-11, 200, sr.), DL Nathen Froning (6-0, 215, sr.), OL Dylan Bruening (6-3, 230, jr.), OL Ben Werling (6-1, 250, sr.), OL Mitchell Rinderle (6-3, 240, sr.)
* Outlook – The Redskins drop back down to D-VI where they’ve won half of their six state titles and look to add No. 7. Stahl is one of the state’s top QB prospects regardless of class and threw for 2,480 yards and 19 TDs last season. Post is one of the most versatile players in the MAC (76 tackles, 18 receptions, 232 yards, 21-25 PAT). Bender (38 tackles), Uhlenhake (39), Leugers (49), Luttmer (59) and Froning (39) are defensive veterans. Bruening, Werling and Rinderle anchor a sizeable OL. Head coach Jeff Starkey is 63-31 in seven years with St. Henry and owns two state titles (2004, 2006).
vs D-V No. 7 Marion Pleasant
2. Ada (10-2, D-VI R22 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – QB Konnor Baker (6-3, 205, sr.), RB Kellen Decker (5-10, 175, jr.), LB Chris Beaschler (6-0, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs have been knocked out of the postseason by Delphos St. John’s the last three years. The good news is those games were in R22 and Ada is now in R24. There are still postseason pitfalls, but Ada has the horses to make a run at that elusive state final. The Bulldogs offensive juggernaut (averaged 47 points per game last year), will be fueled again by Baker (224-335, 3,773 yards, 46 TDs, 9 INTs) and Decker (120 carries, 1,156 yards, 17 TDs). Beaschler leads the defense (125 tackles, 10 sacks, eight TFL and two INTs for TDs).
Opener: @ Hardin Northern
3. Norwalk St. Paul (7-3)
* Players to Watch – FB/DT Isaac Livengood (5-9, 215, sr.), WR/LB Shawn Dankelson (5-10, 185, sr.), OL/DL Joe Hemenway (5-11, 195, sr.), OL/DL Hayden Service (5-11, 255, sr.), TE/DE C.J. Livengood (5-11, 185, sr.), RB/LB Kyle Brake (n/a, sr.), QB/DB Joe Hinckley (5-10, 175, so.), RB/LB Alaric Newcomer (6-0, 175, sr.), OL Kevin Rospert (5-9, 265, sr.), WR/LB Danny Ross (5-11, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – After reaching the regional finals or farther for six straight years, the Flyers (the 2009 state champions) missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002 last year. Head coach John Livengood (188-52 in 20 years) is excited about what this year’s team has to offer. “Our seniors have a renewed energy and commitment coming off a substandard year,” Livengood said. “They expect more and they are proving it in the weight room and their off season work ethic. Our leadership is as good as it has ever been.” Hinckley is back under center after a solid freshman season that produced 790 yards passing, 513 yards rushing and 13 combined TDs. Issac Livengood is a bruising back (518 yards rushing, 12 TDs), while Dankleson (13 receptions, 191 yards, two TDs) is the team’s top returning receiver. Defensively Issac Livengood (44 tackles, seven sacks), Hemenway (23 tackles), Service (36 tackles), CJ Livengood (30 tackles), Brake (31 tackles) Newcomer (33 tackles) and Ross (25 tackles) return to a unit that should be dominant.
Opener: vs Sandusky St. Mary
4. Minster (7-6, D-VI R24 Regional Finalist)
* Players to Watch – WR/LB Daniel Gusching (6-2, 210, sr.), WR/DB Derek Collins (6-1, 165, sr.), OL/DL Clay Bornhorst (6-1, 235, sr.), OL/DL Ryan Will (6-2, 220, sr.), WR/DB Andrew Knapke (6-1, 170, sr.), TE/DL Rob Wente (6-2, 230, sr.), OL/DL Eddie Bruns (5-10", 210, sr.), WR/DB Devon Poeppleman (6-0, 190, jr.), RB/LB Troy Kauffman (5-10", 170, jr.), QB/DB Adam Niemeyer (6-2, 180, jr.), OL/DL Wes Hegemann (6-2, 220, so.)
* Outlook – There wasn’t a more shocking turnaround in Ohio last year than the one Minster had. The Wildcats went from 1-9 (in 2009) to the regional final (lost to Lehman Catholic). This year Mister, which won the MAC’s first football state title ever in 1989, will try to make consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since going six straight seasons from 1987-1992. Second year head coach Nate Moore welcomes back seven starters on offense and three on defense but the talent is there. Keep an eye on Niemeyer. Gusching was honorable mention All-MAC last year on offense and defense.
Opener: vs No. 8 Fort Loramie
5. Marion Local (9-3, D-VI R24 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – DE Jack Homan (6-3, 200, sr.), LB Logan Albers (6-2, 200, sr.), DL Nate Wendel (5-10, 200, sr.); WR Lee Pierron (6-0, 160, sr.); DB/RB Alex Rosenbeck (6-0, 170, sr.); TE/DE Kellen Goettemoeller (6-2, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Flyers lost to MAC rival Delphos St. John’s in the D-VI state semifinals last year, but return enough talent to make the playoffs for the 12th time in 13 years. Marion Local has played in five state finals since 1999 and has four titles. The Flyers have holes to fill on offense, but Rosenbeck and Goettemoeller are vets. Keep an eye on sophomore QB Adam Bertke (6-4, 210). Homan anchors the defense, which head coach Tim Goodwin (128-36 career record) said will be a strength thanks to a seasoned corps of DBs and LBs. The return of FB/LB Logan Albers (6-2, 190, sr.) who was lost to an injury in Week 3 last year is big.
@ Lima Shawnee
6. Delphos St. John’s (15-0, D-VI State Champion)
* Players to Watch –
LB Kyle Neumeier (5-10, 205, sr.), WR/DB Tanner Calvelage (6-0, 180,
sr.), RB/LB Jordan Bergfeld (5-11, 195, sr.), WR/DB Ryan Densel (5-9,
155, sr.), DL Drew Neumeier (n/a, sr.)
* Outlook – The Blue
Jays have gone 42-3, made three straight D-VI state finals and won two
state championships since 2008. A fourth straight trip to Stark County
isn’t out of the question but it will be a stiff challenge for a team
that lost 21 seniors and plays in the MAC. The Jays two non-conference
games are Lima Central Catholic and Detroit Central Catholic (Michigan’s
11-time D-I champion). Head coach Todd Schulte is 127-32 in 12 years.
Opener: @ D-V No. 3 Lima Central Catholic
7. Malvern (8-4, D-VI R23 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – QB/DB Shawn Ball (6-1, 215, sr.), TE/DL Travis Tucci (6-4, 185, sr.), LB/RB Brady Weber, Malvern (6-3, 215, jr.), WR/DB Max Kapron (6-5, 180, jr.), WR/DB Marcus Johnson (5-9, 175, jr.), TE/DE Logan Sellers (6-4, 205, sr.)
* Outlook – The Hornets have become a playoff staple (four straight trips) and graduated just five seniors. Ball is one of the most electric players in any division. Last year he threw for 2,600 yards and 32 TDs and ran for 1,383 yards and 13 TDs. Ball added 57 tackles on defense. Tucci (57 receptions, 1,004 yards, 12 TDs; 28 tackles, three INTs), Weber (six TDs, 132 tackles), Johnson (80 tackles), Sellers (62 tackles, six sacks) and Kapron (47 receptions, 799 yards, 10 TDs; 58 tackles, three INTs) are all part of a seasoned roster.
@ Hanoverton United
8. Fort Loramie (8-3, D-VI R24 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – LB/OL Caleb Ranly (6-1, 210, sr.); DB/WR Kyle Miracle (5-8, 140, sr.); LB/RB Brent Goldschmidt (6-1, 185, sr.); DB/RB Cory Brandewie (5-9, 165, sr.); DB/WR Jake Cordonnier (6-3, 180, sr.); QB Ryan Humphreys (n/a, sr.); LB/RB Logan McGee (6-0, 175, so.); DB/RB Tyler Zeis (5-8, 175, sr.); DB/RB Delaumte Thornton (5-8, 175, so.); LB/OL Josh Frilling (5-8, 195, sr.); OL/DL Ryan Alexander (6-0, 230, sr.); DE/OL Zach Brandewie (6-1, 200, so.)
* Outlook – The Redskins have turned the corner as a program and have reached the playoffs the last two years (losing to Marion Local both times). This year Loramie and third-year head coach Matt Burgbacher (18-6 record) should continue their ascent. Humphreys is a three-year starter who threw for 1,263 yards and 12 TDs last year. He’ll conduct an offense that returns five backs that gained at least 300 yards last season. Cory Brandewie is a dual threat out of the backfield (930 rushing yards, eight TDs, 519 receiving yards, six TDs), while Goldschmidt will share carries (517 rushing yards, 13 TDs). Defensively, Ranly (86 tackles, seven TFL) leads a seasoned unit that also includes Miracle (61 tackles, four INTs), Goldschmidt (53 tackles), Cory Brandewie (44 tackles) and Cordonnier (45 tackles).
Opener: @ No. 4 Minster
9. Thompson Ledgemont (11-1, D-VI R21 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – RB Danny LaRosa (5-10, 178, sr.), WR/DB Brad Marsic (6-3, 170, sr.), RB/LB Brad Seiler (6-0, 165, sr.), RB/LB Kyle LaRosa (5-10, 160, jr.), DB Kyle Dennis (6-1, 165, sr.)
* Outlook – The Redskins are coming off the most successful season in school history (first undefeated regular season and first playoff win). For an encore they’ll try to top it. Marsic had 10 INTs last year and is a talented receiver (83 career receptions for 1,465 yards). Danny LaRosa has rushed for over 3,100 yards and 48 TDs the last two seasons. Seiler is a threat on both sides of the ball (578 rushing yards, 10 TDs; 80 tackles). Kyle LaRosa and Dennis help anchor the defense. Last year the Redskins outscored opponents 368-63 in the regular season.
Opener: vs Independence
10. New Washington Buckeye Central
(9-2, D-V R21 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch –
QB/DB Tyler Erwin (6-4, 200, sr.); WR/DB Justin Herrnstein (6-3, 185,
sr.); OL/DL Bryce Collins (6-1, 300, sr.); WR/LB/K Adam Paynter (5-11,
* Outlook – This could be a breakout season for the
Bucks who return a ton of talent, TDs and tackles from last year’s
playoff team. As a junior, Erwin was named first team All-North Central
Conference in football, basketball and baseball. Last year he completed
103-of-176 attempts for 1,811 yards, 22 TDs and just three INTs. Ha also
ran 109 times for 401 yards and six TDs. On defense, Erwin picked off
six passes, caused two fumbles and had 35 tackles. Herrnstein (first
team All-NCC) caught 19 passes for 497 yard and eight TDs, but made his
biggest impact on defense where he registered 111 tackles, three TFL,
two INTs, two caused fumbles and seven deflections. Collins is a
legitimate force on both sides of the ball (108 tackles, 16 TFL, eight
sacks) and Paynter is Mr. Versatility. In addition to returning punts
and kickoffs (one TD), Paynter also caught 21 passes for 292 yards and
five TDs, kicked 35 PATs and had 99 tackles (including 18 TFL, four
sacks and two INTs). Getting past Wynford is the big hurdle.
@ New London
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Symmes Valley (9-2, Regional Quarterfinalist)
Players to Watch – TE/LB Jordan Fulford (5-10, 190, sr.), TE/DB Scott Dial (5-7, 150, sr.), QB/DB Cody Myers (5-9, 165, sr.), LB Alec Herrell (5-9, 165, jr.), DB D.J. Miller (5-9, 155, so.), RB/DL Bo Arthur jr. (6-0, 210, sr.), OL Nick Clay (6-1, 285, sr.), OL Garrett Crawford (6-0, 230, sr.), OL/DL Garrett Foster (6-0, 200, sr.), OL/DL Caleb Holderby so. (5-11, 220, jr.), OL/LB Grant Foster (6-0, 215, sr.)
* Outlook – The Vikings are optimistic this season with the return of eight starters on each side of the ball from last year’s playoff team. Head coach Rusty Webb also said depth is a strength. Grant Foster was the Southeast District defensive player of the year last year and will try to become the first Viking to win the honor twice.
Opener: @ Racine Southern
Springfield Catholic Central
(9-2, D-VI R24 Quarterfinalist)
* Players to Watch – QB Brian Kelly (6-2, 185, sr.); DB/RB/P
Jake Aldridge (6-4, 185, sr.)
* Outlook – The Irish, in 2012
OHSFCA HOF head coach Steve DeWitt’s 34th year, return a veteran QB in four-year starter
Kelly. Kelly completed 122-of-204 passes
for 1,998 yards and 22 TDs last year and rushed for 1,243 yards and 12
more TDs. Aldridge is a three-way standout. SCC should be a near lock for its
eight playoff trip in nine years.
vs D-III No. 8 Springfield Shawnee
Newark Catholic (8-4, D-VI R23 Semifinalist)
* Players to Watch – LB Connor Shook (5-10, 205, sr.), QB Garrett Vernau (5-11, 175, sr.), OL/LB Trevor Garber (6-2, 195, sr.), TE/DB Tanner Potts (5-10", 190, sr.), DB Kevin Bourne (5-10", 170, jr.)
* Outlook – The Green Wave and head coach Bill Franks (78-34 in nine years at NC) are always a threat in D-VI. NC owns eight state titles. Vernau returns after throwing for 1,100 yards and eight TDs a year ago. The Green Wave will have plenty of chances to earn computer points with five D-III schools on their Mid-State League Ohio slate. Of note, NC OL coach Wes Poth is entering his 41st year at NC. Poth has been a part of all eight NC state championships and his teams own an overall record of 381-100-1.
Opener: vs Harvest Prep
Sycamore Mohawk (10-2, D-VI R22 Semifinalist)
Players to Watch – LB Jonathon Morter (6-1, 215, sr.), OL Travis Baird (6-0, 200, sr.), RB Aric Shock (n/a, sr.)
* Outlook – After a three-year absence, the Warriors made the postseason last year. This year, regardless of what happens on the field, Mohawk has already scored a huge win. The Warriors have created “Operation Buckeye Guard,” a grass roots movement for Ohio high school football teams to show support for the Citizen-Soldiers of the Ohio Army National Guard. Mohawk has “adopted” Tiffin-based Charlie Company, 1-148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and will wear unit and American flag decals on their helmets. On the field the Warriors will be pretty good as well. Morter and Baird were first team All-MAL last year. Shock was second team.
vs Upper Scioto Valley
* Players to Watch – RB/LB Hunter Schneiter (5-11", 175, sr.), QB/DB Ryan Froman (5-10", 165, sr.), K Daniel Kohr (5-10", 165, sr.), WR/LB Mitch Wilkinson (6-0, 160, sr.), WR/LB Clete Hensel (6-0, 155, sr.), OL/LB Nick Metzger (5-11", 195, sr.), OL/DL Kooper Dessecker (6-2, 185, sr.), OL/DL Eric Duff (5-10", 205, sr.), OL/DL Adam Brandon (5-11", 215, jr.), RB/LB Landry Hostetler (5-11", 170, so.), RB/DB Kalib Winters (5-9, 160, so.)
* Outlook – The Tigers dropped two OT games last year and finished ninth in computer points. Making the postseason for the first time since 2002 is a real possibility this year. Schneiter returns after running for 1,098 yards and 17 TDs, while Froman is back after throwing for 918 yards and 10 TDs. Defensively, Schneiter (97 tackles, 11 sacks), Froman (four INTs), Wilkinson (33 tackles), Hensel (35 tackles), Metzger (53 tackles), Dessecker (32 tackles) and Brandon (35 tackles) spearhead a loaded unit. Kohr is a viable option at kicker (43-of-44 Pats, 5-of-10 FGs).
Opener: @ Shadyside
McDonald (10-3, D-VI R21 Finalist)
Players to Watch – DL Nick Puntel, McDonald (6-2, 265, sr.)
* Outlook – The Blue Devils are looking to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. Puntel (78 tackles, six TFL) impacts both sides of the ball.
Opener: vs New Middletown Springfield
Grove City Christian (3-7)
Players to Watch – DE/OL Zack Casparro (6-6, 260, sr.), WR/DB Wally Brewer (6-1, 175, sr.), RB/LB Tony Roark (5-7, 185, sr.), QB/DB Ben Whitaker (6-2, 180, sr.), RB/LB Nate Holt (5-7, 175l, sr.), OL/DL Josh High (5-11", 275, sr.), OL/DL Blair Thompson (6-2, 250, Jr), OL/DL Jordan Edwards (6-2, 290, jr.)
* Outlook – After winning a regional title in 2009, the Eagles stumbled last season. Head coach Kerry Owens brings back a roster that includes plenty of experience and will be bolstered by a large freshman class (20 players). Four starters return on the OL, including Casparro who is a legit D-I prospect (Air Force offer). Brewer is a versatile talent who racked up 920 returns yards and six returns TDs last season (including two on INTs). Roark was GCC’s leading rusher last season (85 carries, 495 yards) and Whitaker returns at QB where he accounted for 17 TDs. Holt adds depth at the skill positions (73 carries, 345 yards, four TDs).
Opener: @ Bellaire St. John
Tiffin Calvert (4-6)
Players to Watch – OL/DL Nathan Mathais (6-1, 300, sr.), QB/DB Nathan Ritzler (5-10, 175, sr.), DE Ben Nielson (6-4, 200, sr.), FB/LB Dan Kwiat (6-1, 200, sr.)
* Outlook – The Senecas beat defending state champion Norwalk St. Paul in Week 2 last year and then lost five of their next six due in part to injuries. Calvert did rally to win their final two games (both by one point). Second year head coach Todd Fox is excited about the return of 16 seniors and 18 starters (nine on each side of the ball). Size will not be an issue for Calvert which returns five starters on the OL and its entire backfield. The defense has no holes. The Senecas haven’t been to the playoffs since the last of five straight trips in 2002, but this year that drought could end. Calvert won state titles in 1980 and 1981.
Opener: @ McComb
Bridgeport (12-1, D-VI R23 Finalist)
Players to Watch – QB/DB Cole Smelley (6-0, 200, sr.), LB/TE Mike Dalto (6-2, 230, sr.), WR/DB Cody Frey (5-11, 145, sr.)
* Outlook – The Bulldogs have been to the playoffs three straight years and will challenge for the postseason again. Dalto (101 tackles, 13 TFL, five sacks) is a defensive hammer. Smelley (four INTs) is key to both backfields.
Opener: @ Zanesville Rosecrans
Sidney Lehman Catholic (12-2, D-VI State Semifinalist)
* Outlook – The Cavaliers have made the playoffs five years in a row but lost a ton of talent to graduation. Head coach Dick Roll is 45-17 in six years at LC and 130-143 overall.
Opener: @ D-V No. 4 Anna