Team To Beat * Lakewood St. Edward (8-4, Region 1 Semifinalist): The Eagles have made the postseason 10 of the last 12 years and should be primed for another November run. On offense St. Ed has a pair of standout senior RBs in Dwayne Aaron (5-7, 170) and Kenneth Butler (5-10, 190). Senior WR Anthony Young (6-1, 171) is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect with offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Cincinnati and others. Directing the offense is second-year starting QB Ryan Fallon (6-1, 185) who returns for his senior season after throwing for 1,350 yards and 14 TDs last year. He also rushed for six scores and 400 yards. Defensively, the Eagles secondary – led by seniors Domenic Abounader (6-0, 190/state wrestling champion), Soloman Warfield (6-0, 185) and Steven Clark (5-10, 160) – is one of the state’s best. Warfield is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect who is headed to Iowa. He picked the Hawkeyes over Penn State, Michigan State, West Virginia, Illinois, Pitt, Arizona State and others. Senior LB Lavonte Robinson (5-11, 215) holds a Toledo offer.
10 Players To Watch 1. Mitch Trubisky, QB, sr., Mentor: North Carloina commit; Accounted for 53 TDs last year 2. Billy Price, DL/OL, sr., Fitch: Ohio State commit is Ohio’s No. 2 overall prospect 3. Darian Hicks, DB, sr., Solon: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect is a Michigan State commit 4. Shelton Gibson, WR, sr., Cle. Heights: Offers include Ohio State, Auburn & Nebraska 5. Kareem Hunt, RB, sr., Willoughby South: Accounted for 2,734 yards & 41 TDs last year 6. Donovan Munger, OL, sr., Shaker Heights: Ohio State, Notre Dame & Auburn among offers 7. Ben Josipovic, WR, sr. Eastlake North: Had over 1,000 yards receiving last year (and 11 TDs) 8. Jalyen Powell, DB, sr., Waren Harding: Michigan State commit, JJHuddle Top 100 prospect 9. Tommy Tupa, QB, sr, Broadview Hts.: Miami (Oh) commit, JJHuddle Top 100 preospect 10. Kevin Kavalec, DL, sr., St. Ignatius: Had 37 TFL and 15.5 sacks last year, Boston College commit
Top Games Glenville @ Solon, Aug. 31 (Week 2) Hudson @ Broadview Heights, Sept. 7 (Week 3) Mentor @ St. Igntius, Sept. 8 (Week 3) Glenville @ St. Ignatius, Sept. 29 (Week 6) Solon @ Mentor, Oct. 5 (Week 7) St. Edward @ St. Ignatius, Oct. 27 (Week 10)
Team To Beat * Findlay (9-2, Region 2 Quarterfinalist): The Trojans must replace eight starters on defense, but their offense will be powerful. QB Paul Cosiano (6-2, 200, sr./2,100 passing yards, 19 TDs) was first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference last year and will have a veteran receiving corps to throw to led by senior WRs Austin Niswander (6-1, 190/second team All-TRAC/eight TDs, Toledo recruit), Joe Davidson (6-7, 190/five TDs/second team All-TRAC) and Jim Orwick (6-0, 180/second team All-TRAC/six TDs). Senior LB Devin Dennard (6-0, 185/first team All-TRAC) anchors the defense (105 tackles, six caused fumbles). Said head coach Mark Ritzler: “We snuck up on people last year, but this year we will have a bulls-eye on our back and will have to kick it up a notch if we want to reach the playoffs and go deeper into them.”
10 Players To Watch
1. Brogan Roback, QB, sr., Tol. St. John’s: Thrown for 39 TDs the last two years, 25 as soph 2. Kyle Kempt, QB, sr., Massillon: Picked UC over Tennessee, Ole Miss and WVU 3. John Barton, RB, sr., Twinsburg: Has scored 44 TDs the last two years 4. Matt Miller, OL, sr., Tol. St. John’s: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect committed to Wisconsin 5. Marquise Moore, DL, sr., Whitmer: Toledo commit; Had 80 tackles, inlcuding 24 TFL, last year 6. Austin Niswander, LB, sr., Findlay: Toledo commit; 600 all-purpose yards, 8 TDs last year 7. Ben Gedeon, LB, sr., Hudson: Michigan commit also held offers from OSU & PSU 8. Tracy Sprinkle, DL, sr., Elyria: OSU commit had 9 sacks & 25 QB hurries last year 9. Gareon Conley, DB, sr., Massillon: Michigan commit is a JJHuddle Top 100 Prospect 10. Antoine Miles, DL, sr., Can. McKinley: Had 54 tackles, 12 TFL & five sacks last year
Elyria Catholic @ Elyria, Aug. 31 (Week 2) Canton McKinley @ Wayne, Sept. 1 (Week 2) Steubenville @ Massillon, Sept. 21 (Week 5) Findlay @ Whitmer, Oct. 5 (Week 7) Whitmer @ Toledo CC, Oct. 26 (Week 10) Canton McKinley @ Massillon, Oct. 27 (Week 10)
Team To Beat * Pickerington North (8-2): The Panthers have a loaded roster and appear ready to take the next step. The bad taste of last year’s finish (ninth in computer points) adds motivation. Pick North has three JJHuddle Top 100 players in TE Jake Butt (6-6, 230), OL Chris Huhn (6-6, 275) and DB Godwin Igwebuike (6-0, 190). Butt is committed to Michigan, while Igwebuike has over 20 offers including Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pitt, Wake Forest and Boston College. Huhn has offers from several MAC schools and Louisville. Also back is senior LB/FB Warren Stoddard (5-11, 200) who had 68 tackles and 6.5 TFL last year. WR/DB Mason Olszewski (6-2, 175) is back after earning second team All-OCC honors after making 37 tackles, 4.5 TFL and two INTs.
10 Players To Watch
1. Marcus Ball, DB, sr., Westerville South: Wisconsin, ND, Iowa & Penn State among suitors 2. Gary Brown, WR, sr., Westerville South: Caught 60 passes for 1,048 yards and 13 TDs last year 3. Jake Butt, TE, sr., Pickerington North: Michigan commit is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect 4. Donovan Wilson, RB, sr., Dublin Jerome: Georgia Tech commit has eclisped 1,000-yards...twice 5. Emmanuel Beal, DL, sr., Reynoldsburg: Had 22 sacks & forced four fumbles last year 6. Caleb Day, DB, sr., Hilliard Darby: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect committed to Illinois 7. Godwin Igwebuike, DB, sr., Pick. North: Has over 20 offers including Wisconsin, Iowa & MSU 8. Taco Charlton, DE, sr., Pick. Central: Michigan commit is a JJHuddle Top 100 prospect 9. James Walsh, QB, sr., Dublin Coffman: Ohio commit; Had 2,158 total yards & 20 TDs last year 10. Thaddeus Snodgrass, WR, jr., Springfield: One of Ohio’s best jr. prospects, Ohio State offer
Liberty @ Orange, Aug. 24 (Week 1) Pick Central @ Colerain, Aug. 25 (Week 1) Davidson @ Coffman, Sept. 14 (week 4) Pick North @ Pick Central, Sept. 28 (Week 6) West. South @ West. Central, Oct. 12 (Week 8) Gahanna @ Pick North, Oct. 19 (Week 9)
Team To Beat * Moeller (9-4, Region 4 Finalist): The Crusaders are celebrating “50 Years of Moeller Football” and would like nothing more than to cap it with a state title in Canton. Moe has the roster to do it too. Head coach John Rodenberg has had some good teams in his four years at Moeller (31-16 record), but this is arguably his best. LB Shane Jones (6-1, 220) is one of the state’s top prospects and is committed to Michigan State. RB Keith Watkins (6-0, 180, sr.), who rushed for 625 yards and nine TDs last year (also had four receiving TDs) holds offers from Cincinnati, Northwestern, Minnesota, Iowa and others. OL Alex Gall (6-4, 295, sr.) held over 20 offers (including Florida State, Pitt, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indiana) before committing to Miami (Fla.). TE Evan Jansen (6-5, 250, sr.) holds an offer from Akron and Buffalo. The leader of the Moeller offense is QB Spencer Icavone (6-1, 210, sr.), a three-year starter who led the Greater Catholic League in passing last year (1,635 yards and 19 TDs). He also ran for seven TDs. Junior DL Chalmer Frueauf (6-3, 230) is a future D-I recruit. Moeller opens its brutal schedule Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. on ESPN against the Gilman School from Baltimore (MD). The Crusaders only play four Ohio teams (St. Xavier, LaSalle, Elder and St. Edward).
10 Players To Watch
1. Shane Jones, LB, sr., Moeller: Michigan State commit held over 25 offers 2. Javon Harrison, QB, sr., Wayne: Toledo commit; Three-year starter accounted for 40 TDs last year 3. Evan Lisle, OL, sr., Centerville: Ohio State commit is one of Ohio’s Top 10 prospects 4. Jalin Marshall, QB, sr., Middletown: Ohio State commit; Already owns Middies career rushing record (3,285 yds) 5. Trey Kilgore, WR, sr., St. Xavier: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect headed to Michigan State 6. Chris Davis, RB, sr., Colerain: Coming off injury and primed for huge season 7. Sean Welsh, OL, sr., Springboro: JJHuddle Top 100 prospect picked Iowa over Miami (Fla.), Cincinnati & others in June 8. Airius Moore, LB, jr., Beavercreek: Got his first offer from Illinois as a sophomore 9. Jaleel Hytchye, WR, sr., LaSalle: Sprinter holds offers from Purdue, Cincinnati & others 10. Cameron Belton, QB, sr., Northmont: The last - and most talented - in a family of stellar QBs
St. Xavier @ Middletown, Aug. 24 (Week 1) Colerain @ St. Xavier, Sept. 7 (Week 3) Trotwood-Madison @ Wayne, Sept. 7 (Week 3) Middletown @ Colerain, Oct. 5 (Week 7) Wayne @ Centerville, Oct. 12 (Week 8) St. Edward @ Moeller, Oct. 20 (Week 9)