Last year it's unlikely many thought No. 5 seed Ottawa-Glandorf would win the regional title, but it did. This year don't be surprised if another lower seed runs away with the hardware. Exactly WHO that will be is anyone's guess. This region is wide open.
Elyria Catholic (7-3) * Players To Watch – LB Buddy Davila (5-10, 170, Sr.); LB/RB Corey Campbell (5-9, 170, Sr.); QB Danny Reaser (6-1, 185, Sr.); DB/WR Zach Rogers (6-2, 190, Sr.); WR Conor Voreis (6-3, 190, Sr.); LB/RB Joe Dempsey (6-0, 185, Jr.); OL/DL Alex Nielsen (6-4, 250, Jr.); OL/DL Luke Williams (6-1, 240, Jr.) * Outlook – Head coach Ben Malbasa enters his fourth season at EC with a team capable of adding to the school’s lengthy tradition (three state titles, but none since 1984). The Panthers return plenty of speed and a seasoned QB in Reaser (who has a chance to become the program’s all-time leading passer). Defensively the Panthers are stacked with Rogers (nine INTs last two years), Davila (35 TFL last two years), Campbell (20 TFL last two years) and Dempsey (99 tackles last season). A beefed up schedule, including first-time meetings with Elyria and Columbus Hartley, awaits.
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this school's Quarterspondent * Players To Watch – RB/LB Kyle Matula (n/a, Sr.); QB/DB Brandon Tomson (n/a, Sr.); DT Adam Osterling (n/a, Sr.) * Outlook – The Chargers must replace 19 starters from last year’s playoff team. That’s the bad news. The good news is 17 seniors are back to fill the voids. Matula is a solid block to build around after earning All-Ohio honors last year at LB. Tomson, a standout on defense, will assume the QB duties. Senior kicker Jon Suhanic also returns. Orrville (7-3) * Players To Watch – RB Tre Simpson (6-1, 187, Sr.); TE/LB Max Pirman (6-5, 218, Sr.); OL/DL Sam Reusser (6-0, 255, Sr.); WR/DB Cody Rice (5-10, 175, Sr.); OL/DL Dan Groves (6-1, 215, Sr.) * Outlook – The Red Riders made a run to the regional final last year before bowing out with a one-point loss to Ottawa-Glandorf. Another extended postseason jaunt could be in the cards. Simpson returns after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 21 TDs last year. Pirman is headed to Indiana after also weighing offers from Nebraska, Kansas and plethora of MAC schools. Wooster Triway (8-3) * Players To Watch – TB/WR/S Sawyer Polen (5-11, 180, Sr.); OT/DE Eric Myers (6-3, 230, Jr.); QB Derek Carmichael (5-10, 170, Sr.); SE/LB Kyle Maxwell (6-1, 175, Sr.); OL/DL Cody Gessel (6-1, 185, Sr.); OL/LB Zach Zody (5-9, 185, Jr.); WR/DB Marcus Bertsch (5-9, 165, Jr.); WR Kyle Kearney (6-4, 175, So.) * Outlook – The Titans have put together back-to-back 8-3 seasons and playoff berths. Getting to the postseason again – and advancing deep – is a realistic goal for the program and second-year head coach Tony Lee. Carmichael accounted for 37 total TDs last year and threw for over 2,700 yards. Versatile defines Polen who had over 1,000 total yards last year, including 444 rushing and 505 receiving. Defensively, Maxwell, Myers, Gessel, Zody, Bertsch and Polen are seasoned. Genoa Area (11-1) * Players To Watch – OL Luke Sutter (6-4, 240, Sr.); RB/LB Seth Dufendock (6-1, 190, Sr.); SE Derek Allgier (5-10, 170, Sr.); DB Brandon Roberts (5-7, 140, Sr.); LB/RB Tyler Pickard (n/a, Sr.); OL Brad Szypka (6-3, 230, Sr.); DL Justin Upham (5-9, 160, Sr.); DL Casey Wojciechowski (5-9, 180, Sr.); OL/DL Andrew Hayes (6-0, 240, Sr.); RB/LB Chris Cuevas (5-10, 210, Sr.) * Outlook – Fourth-year head coach Mike Vicars has led the Comets to a 33-4 record and 29-game regular season win streak the last three years. Now one question the coach has is will Genoa “stay hungry?” Although youth will be a theme on this year’s team, Genoa should continue to be competitive. The Comets will also look to win the Suburban Lakes League for the fourth straight time in the SLL’s final season. Ottawa-Glandorf (11-3) * Players To Watch – QB/DB Nathan Kahle (n/a, Sr.); LB Jeff Siefker (n/a, Sr.); CB Grant Recker (n/a, Sr.); TB Brandon Kuhlman (n/a, Jr.); FB Craig Rieman (n/a, Jr.); TE Matt Peck (n/a, Sr.) * Outlook – The Titans senior class enters this season looking to cap an incredible run. Since 2007, O-G has gone 28-11 with three playoff appearances, inducing trips to the regional final (2008) and state semis (2009). Head coach Ken Schriner, 99-58 in 14 years at O-G, said the team is “cautiously optimistic” this season. Siefker was first team All-Ohio last season.
KEEP AN EYE ON * Fostoria (3-7) – After earning the region’s No. 1 seed in 2008, the Redman stumbled last year. Fostoria hopes to do better in head coach Beau Carmon’s second season and will rely heavily on the running of senior Trevon Tucker (5-9, 175). Tucker had 700 yards and 10 TDs last year. Senior OLB Isaac Tyson (6-1, 210) is also back.Become
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* Lorain Clearview (8-2) – The Clippers just missed out on the program’s 15th postseason berth last year when they tied for the eighth playoff spot but lost the tiebreak due to second level scoring. Replacing All-Ohio RB/LB Anthony Hitchens (Iowa) is a concern and must. Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Pemberville Eastwood (9-3) – The Eagles have made three straight playoff appearances and beat No. 1 seed Galion on the road to open last year’s postseason. Senior DB Pernell Connor (5-10, 215) returns.Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Bucyrus (8-2) – The Redman have gone 24-6 the last three years, including 9-1 in 2007, but are still searching for the program’s second playoff berth and first since 1991. * Galion (10-1) – After snapping a 44-game Northern Ohio League losing streak in 2008, Galion recorded just the fifth undefeated season in the 114-year history of its program last season en route to the playoffs and its first NOL title since 1997. Matching that run is unlikely, but head coach Chris Hawkins has turned things around.Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Bellville Clear Fork (7-4) – Longtime Urbana head coach Dave Carroll took the Colts to the playoffs in his first season at Clear Fork last year. If they make it back senior RB Jordan McCune will have a huge say. McCune has back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and was an All-Ohioan last year. * Huron (6-4) – The Tigers will be looking to make the playoffs for the eighth time in the last 11 years. * Millbury Lake (7-3) – The Flyers made a four-game improvement in 2009 as they rebounded from a 3-7 finish in 2008. Become
this school's Quarterspondent * Paulding (3-7) – The Panthers had a three-game slide last year after finishing 6-4 in 2008. Improved offense is a must. Paulding was shut out three times last year and scored over 12 points just three times.