Last year Springfield Shawnee made a surprising run to the regional final only to lose to Wyoming. Who is this year's Shawnee? And will Wyoming make it back to the regional final? How good is Chaminade Julienne? And Logan Elm? And...
Cincinnati Wyoming (13-1) Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Players to watch – QB Kyle Seyfried (6-1, 200, Sr.), DE Tony Davis (6- 4, 260, Sr.), LB/DE Eric Price (6-6, 225, Sr.), DL Tommy Campbell (6-2, 240, Jr.), LB Michael Travers (6-2, 200, Sr.), OL Matt McCoy (6-4, 250, Sr.) * Outlook – Hands down, the Cowboys will be the team to beat in Region 12. They weren’t No. 1 in computer points last year but the team was 10-0 during the regular season and battled its way through three tough playoff games for a chance to play in the state semifinals. All told, Wyoming returns seven starters on offense and six starters on defense.
“We lost our running back from last year and do not have a lot of depth at that position,” head coach Bernie Barre said. “Defensively, we should be very good up front, but lack depth in the linebacking corps and secondary.”
One area Barre’s not worried about is QB.
Seyfried is easily one of the top 10 QBs in the state. Last season, he threw for 3,452 yards, 40 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions.
The DL won’t be bad either with Davis and Price, who have several MAC offers between them, manning two spots. Circleville Logan Elm (9-3) * Players to watch – OL, LB Luke Thompson (6-0, 212, Jr.), QB/DB Anthony Vagnier (6-1, 160, Jr.), WR/DB Nate Hulse (5-11, 157, Sr.), WR/DB Blake Riffle (6-3, 155, Jr.) * Outlook – After a 10-0 season in 2008, the Braves had high hopes last fall. They put together an 8-2 run and then marched to the second round of the playoffs where they fell to a tough Springfield Shawnee squad. They’ll have to look to new faces to replace a strong offensive duo in quarterback Johnnie Brown and wide receiver Adam Blake, as well as offensive and defensive lineman Logan Hauserman. Expect Thompson, Vagnier, Hulse and Riffle to get lots of time on the grass as LE looks to duplicate its recent success. Dayton Chaminade-Julienne (8-3) * Players to watch – RB Aaron Stokes (5-8, 170, Sr.), QB Michael Simpson (6-1, 180, Jr.), DB Donovan Layne (5-11, 198, Sr.), TE/LB Darrien Howard (6-2, 235, So.), DB Marco Gresham (5-9, 160, Jr.) * Outlook – The Eagles are gunning for their first Greater Catholic League title since 2000. It'll be tough after losing N.C. State signee OT/DE Andy Jomantas, three out of their top four wide receivers and six starters on defense, but head coach Andy Helms is confident they'll make another strong run. Defensive standouts Layne, Howard and Gresham return to lead a defense that only allowed 9.1 points a game last year. CJ also returns Simpson who threw for 1,588 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. Look for some big contributions from Stokes, too. The RB had 901 yards and eight TDs last season. Eaton (8-3) * Players to watch – DL Ben Duffie (6-0, 295, Sr.), LB Kyle Yoder (6-1, 185, Sr.), C/DL Cody Shafer (6-0, 265, Sr.), WR/LB TJ Woods (6-1, 170, Sr.), WR/DB Zac Wilson (5-9, 165, Sr.), OL Dustin Underwood (6-2, 265, Sr.) * Outlook – After finishing first in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division, Eaton will have to replace some key players including RB Dalton Caudill who rushed for 2,105 yards and QB/DB Austin Fudge. They’ve also got to replace OL Clint Shepherd, a three-year starter who’s now on scholarship at the University of Cincinnati. Goshen (8-3) * Players to watch – DT Tyler Settles (6-1, 266, Sr.), RB Travis Hines (5-8, 150, Sr.), ILB Taylor Rahm (6-1, 205, Sr.) * Outlook – Perched atop the computer rankings at the end of the season last year, Goshen ultimately fell to No. 8 seed Springfield Shawnee in the first round of the playoffs. Still, the Warriors put together a great season after losing their first two games. Goshen employs a run-heavy offense that served them well after putting together a 4-6 record in 2008. Expect to see more of the same and a better showing in the playoffs if the team can carry their momentum forward. Monroe (9-3) * Players to watch – QB/DB David Routson (5-10, 170, Sr.), WR Travis Hacker (6-2, 180, Sr.) * Outlook – After putting together a great season last fall, head coach Ken Meibers left for Norwood. That opened up a spot for former defensive coordinator Brett Stubbs to take over. Under new leadership, it’s tough to predict where the Hornets will be in the fall – particularly since this will be the team’s first season after moving up to the Southwestern Division of the Southwestern Buckeye League after a stay in the smaller Buckeye Division. The team will have difficulty replacing running back Devin King, too. He broke the school’s single-season rushing record (a record that had stood for 23 years) with 1,690 yards last season. New Richmond (9-2) * Players to watch – QB/S Garrett Myers (5-9, 166, Sr.), OLB Austin Warden (6-1, 186, Sr.), FS/QB Mike Skaggs (5-11, 165, Sr.) * Outlook – Coming off their first playoff berth since 2001, the Lions have improved their record steadily since 2005 and the team’s defense was stellar last year. No team scored more than 21 points against New Richmond during the regular season. All told, the Lions outscored their opponents 379-109 before the playoffs. Springfield Shawnee (9-4) * Players to watch – QB, DB Steven Sarven (6-3, 170, Sr.), WR/DB Xavier Jordan (5-10, 160, Sr.), OL/DL Nick Storts (5-10, 220, Sr.), RB/DE Eric Dewitt (6-2, 200, Sr.), TE/DE Brad MacLeod (6-2, 200, Sr.), RB/DB Nick Hines (5-7, 150, Jr.) * Outlook – The Braves managed to put together another stellar season last year by recording their first winning-season since 2005 and making the regional final for the second time in five years. Now they’re hoping to replace some of the team’s leadership that came in the form of RB Kris Hanaway and QB Evan Storts. Cincinnati Indian Hill (6-4) * Players to watch – Sam Voss (5-11, 185, Sr.), Reid Lockwood, (5-9, 165, Sr.), Jake Thomas (5-10, 190, Sr.), Rob Becker (6-4, 245, Jr.) * Outlook – A young team at critical positions, the Braves’ speed will likely be their biggest asset. Indian Hill’s speed last year allowed them to run all over opposing teams and post big numbers including a 62-0 win over Cincinnati Finneytown. Indian Hill’s last game of the season though was a heartbreaker against Wyoming that the Braves dropped 50-49. Indian Hill proved to be the only team to give the Cowboys a real run for their money during the regular season. Look for the rematch on Oct. 29. Said head coach Mike Theisen: “It is critical that we get off to a quick and successful start which will instill confidence in our young players.” KEEP AN EYE ON
* Franklin (7-3) – Every year since 2007, the Wildcats have increased their win total. Expectations were high last fall after a playoff berth the year before and although their record improved (from 6-4 in 2008), their computer points weren’t good enough to qualify for postseason play. Still, the team could be even better this year after doing some rebuilding. Watch for a number of key names including RB/LB Cody Priest (6-1, 205, Jr.), OL Michael Stachler (6-0, 215, Sr.), OL D.J. Brewer (5-8, 198, Jr.), K Jordan Pruitt (Sr.), DL Christian Brislen (6-5, 285, Sr.), DB Matt Adkins (6-0, 160, Jr.) and DB Oscar Romero (5-9, 149, Jr.). * Dayton Dunbar (5-5) – This might be Dunbar’s year. The team brings a whole lot of talent to the field. The Wolverines have huge lines on both sides of the ball, and – arguably – the No. 1 WR in the state in senior Roger Williamson (6-2, 187). Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Hillsboro (8-2) – Hillsboro wasn’t projected to do much last fall after going 2-8 in 2008. The INdians surprised everyone instead, making them contenders for a playoff bid. They probably would have made it if they could have stopped Washington Courthouse in a 28-27 Week 5 loss. It’ll be interesting to see if they can continue the momentum.Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Jackson (7-3) – A solid program, Jackson has a knack for producing winning seasons. The Ironmen lost 12 seniors on their 39-man roster to graduation, so they’ll rely on some new leadership from players like RB/LB Klay Arthur (6-0, 195, Sr.), QB/RB/OLB Eric Landrum (5-10, 185, Sr.) and WR/DB Derrick Meredith (5-10, 155, Sr.). * Circleville (3-7) – After a tough season last year, Circleville has some key players returning including senior quarterback Casey Hawkins who threw for more than 1,600 yards. Other key returners include WR/DB Reily Kiser (6-0, 160, Sr.), OL Dylan Ford (6-3, 260, Sr.).
* Bellbrook (2-8) – The Eagles will look to rally from a disappointing season in which six of eight losses were by seven points or less. The defense will be led by ends Bryan Baird (6-4, 220, Sr.) and Matt Longo (6-4, 220, Sr.). Baird is committed to Ball State, while Longo has an offer from Air Force.Become
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