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League champs collide in early showdown BY RON FIRTH Journal Sports Editor

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West Branch’s Logan Sharp (left) and Crestview’s Collin Gilbert will meet again when their teams play each other for the first time on Sept. 6.

COLUMBIANA — One of the most interesting matchups of the season comes early on when a pair of league champions meet for the first time. Inter-Tri County League upper tier champion Crestview travels to Northeastern Buckeye Conference champion West Branch on Sept. 6. “That will be interesting,” West Branch coach D.J. Dota said. “You know of them because they’ve won a lot of games and league titles. “They have a great football program over there and have done a lot.” Both programs have winning traditions, but not anything to connect them — until now. “I’ve never watched them,” West

Branch senior lineman Logan Sharp said. “I’ve never played them. It’s going to be a new experience.” Sharp is one of the top returnees to a West Branch team that went 6-4 last season and captured its first NBC title in 11 years Crestview, which has won 19 straight regular-season games and returns its entire offensive line, doesn’t know much about the Warriors either. “Not a lot,” Crestview senior quarterback Collin Gilbert said. “I know Coach (Paul Cusick) went and saw them scrimmage. They’re a good team. They’re big. They’re a division bigger than us this year, but Coach did a great job of getting them and Liberty on our schedule. That gets us prepared for week 11 See SHOWDOWN, Page 3B


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SHOWDOWN, Upper class standouts Pictured on the cover of the Morning Journal’s 2013 Football Preview A section are some of the top seniors in the Inter-Tri County League upper tier. Players include (front, from right) United’s Garrett Beech, Crestview’s Josh McDade, Columbiana’s Mike Buzzard; (back, from right) East Palestine’s Chris Raley, Lisbon’s Brandon Barnes, South Range’s Billy Goodall and Springfield’s Gabe Crowe.

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Continued from Page 2B

in the playoffs —for the St. Thomas’ and Kirtland’s — because those teams can compare to them.” Both teams played Kirtland the past two seasons. Last year, Kirtland beat West Branch in the season opener, 39-7, while Crestview lost to Kirtland, 28-14, in the second round of the Division V playoffs. The Crestview-West Branch game should certainly have a playoff atmosphere. “It’s just another game we have to prepare for and we have to bring our A game,” Dota said. “We were open and they were open. They contacted us. We want to play good programs. “Last year, by playing New Philadelphia and Kirkland, and Streetsborgo was a playoff team, it helped us later on in the league — playing in the big football game and how to prepare for it.”

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2012 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ROUNDUP 2012 Area standings INTER-TRI COUNTY LEAGUE Upper Tier Team League Overall 11-1 • Crestview .................................7-0 South Range ..............................6-1 7-3 Mineral Ridge .............................5-2 6-4 United .........................................4-3 6-4 Springfield ..................................3-4 4-6 East Palestine ............................2-5 2-8 Lisbon.........................................1-6 2-8 Jackson-Milton............................0-7 0-10 Lower Tier Western Reserve........................7-0 8-2 Columbiana ................................4-3 6-4 Southern Local ...........................4-3 6-4 McDonald ...................................4-3 6-4 Lowellville ...................................4-3 4-6 Leetonia......................................3-4 5-5 Wellsville.....................................2-5 4-6 Sebring .......................................0-7 0-10 ALL-AMERICAN CONFERENCE American Division • Howland ...................................5-1 • Niles .........................................4-2 • Poland ......................................4-2 • Hubbard ...................................3-3 Struthers.....................................3-3 Canfield ......................................1-5 Beaver Local...............................1-5 National Division • Liberty ......................................6-1 Jefferson Area ............................5-2 Lakeview.....................................5-2 Campbell ....................................5-2 Champion ...................................4-3 Girard .........................................1-6 LaBrae........................................1-6 Newton Falls...............................1-6

Crestview’s Jake Ferris returns a kickoff against Columbiana’s R.J. Rankin in the 2012 season opener.

8-3 8-3 8-4 8-4 6-4 2-8 2-8 9-3 8-2 6-4 6-4 5-5 1-9 1-9 1-9

NORTHEASTERN BUCKEYE CONFERENCE West Branch...............................6-1 6-4 • Marlington ................................5-2 8-3 Carrollton....................................4-3 7-3 Canton South .............................4-3 7-3 Alliance.......................................4-3 4-6 Louisville.....................................3-4 5-5 Minerva.......................................2-5 3-7 Salem .........................................0-7 0-10 OTHERS East Liverpool.................................. Oak Glen ......................................... • — playoff qualifier

Countdown to kickoff

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2012 Regular Season Team Leaders SCORING OFFENSE Team Avg. 1. Crestview..............................................56.3 2. South Range ........................................34.5 3. United...................................................33.8 4. Southern Local.....................................30.9 5. West Branch.........................................28.6 6. East Liverpool ......................................26.1 7. Columbiana ..........................................26.0 8. Leetonia................................................21.6 9. Lisbon...................................................21.4 10. Wellsville...............................................21.4 11. Minerva.................................................21.3 12. Oak Glen ..............................................20.0 13. Springfield ............................................18.1 14. Salem ...................................................17.1 15. East Palestine.......................................14.9 16. Beaver Local.........................................13.7 17. Sebring .................................................12.0

SCORING DEFENSE Team Avg. 1. Crestview..............................................12.1 2. Columbiana ..........................................17.6 3. Leetonia................................................18.8 4. South Range ........................................23.6 5. Southern Local.....................................24.1 6. Springfield ............................................24.3 7. West Branch.........................................25.2 8. East Liverpool ......................................26.4 9. Oak Glen ..............................................30.8 10. United ...................................................29.1 11. Beaver Local.........................................30.3 12. Minerva.................................................30.4 13. Wellsville...............................................31.7 14. Lisbon...................................................34.1 15. East Palestine.......................................34.7 16. Salem ...................................................36.5 17. Sebring .................................................43.3

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SCORING MARGIN Team Avg. 1. Crestview ...........................................+44.2 2. South Range ......................................+10.9 3. Columbiana ..........................................+8.4 4. Southern Local.....................................+6.8 5. United...................................................+4.7 6. West Branch.........................................+3.4 7. Leetonia ...............................................+2.8 8. East Liverpool .......................................-0.3 9. Minerva .................................................-9.1 10. Springfield .............................................-6.2 11. Wellsville..............................................-10.3 12. Oak Glen .............................................-10.8 13. Lisbon..................................................-12.7 14. Beaver Local .......................................-16.6 15. Salem ..................................................-19.4 16. East Palestine .....................................-19.8 17. Sebring................................................-31.3

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INDEX S ECTION A Team Page Columbiana 4 Crestview 8 East Palestine 12 Leetonia 16 Lisbon 20 Sebring 26 South Range 30 Southern Local 32 Springfield Local 35 United 37 Wellsville 41 S ECTION B Team Page Beaver Local 6 East Liverpool 10 Minerva 14 Oak Glen 22 Salem 26 West Branch 30 F EATURES ITCL changes 5A Crestview offense 9A E. Palestine coach 18A ITCL schedule 34A Wellsville coach 43A Hit and run 44A Southern field 45A New divisions 3B E. Liverpool coach 15B Southern field 17B College schedules 18B Rules changes 20B Ken Elder 23B 2012 playoffs 25B NBC schedule 33B

Crestview, East Palestine, United stay put in new divisional alignment BY CHRIS RAMBO Staff Writer

In June, the Ohio High School Athletic Association officially announced that it was expanding to seven divisions in football, a move that sent all but three area teams down a division for the upcoming season. Crestview, East Palestine and United will remain in Division V while the rest of the Inter-Tri County League upper tier drops to Division VI. In the lower tier, Jackson-Milton and McDonald will remain in Division VI, while everyone else will compete in Division VII. For the three teams remaining in Division V, the change provides a couple of challenges. First among them is that fact that Crestview, East Palestine, and United will now play the vast majority of their conference schedules against teams that are a division lower. That makes it harder to accumulate computer points, as wins are weighted based on the size of a school’s opponents. First-year East Palestine coach Tony Foster said that his school—whose nonconference schedule this year includes Division VI McDonald and Division VII Mathews—will have to consider scheduling bigger schools in the future to compensate. “Ultimately, our goal is to eventually See ALIGNMENT, Page 24B

CREDITS T HE M ORNING J OURNAL’ S 2013 F OOTBALL P REVIEW WAS COMPILED BY SPORTS WRITERS R ON F IRTH , P AUL E DGAR , C HRIS R AMBO AND M ICHAEL B URICH AND PHOTOGRAPHERS P ATTI S CHAEFFER , W AYNE M ARIS AND B RITTNEY S ADLER .

2013 Area football regions

Division IV Region 11 Fairview Park Fairview, Bay Village Bay, Mantua Crestwood, Cleveland John Hay, Ashtabula Edgewood, Mogadore Field, West Branch, Peninsula Woodridge, Beaver Local, East Liverpool, Cleveland Benedictine, Perry, Minerva, Pepper Pike Orange, Parma Heights Holy Name, Struthers, Streetsboro, Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral-Latin, Ravenna Southeast, Jefferson Jefferson Area, Canal Fulton Northwest, Cleveland Central Catholic, Salem, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Cortland Lakeview, Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Conneaut, Chagrin Falls. ——— Division V Region 15 Harrison Central, Sandy Valley, Girard, Fairless, Tuslaw, Beachwood, Grand Valley, Wickliffe, Akron Manchester, Canton Central Catholic, Champion, Warrensville Heights, Sullivan Black River, Campbell Memorial, LaBrae, Garfield, East Palestine, Gates Mills Hawken, Liberty, United, Pymatuning Valley, Middlefield Cardinal, Crestview, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy, Independence, Youngstown Ursuline, Lutheran West. ——— Division VI Region 19 Smithville, Brookfield, Burton Berkshire, Waterloo, Kirtland, Newcomerstown, New London, South Range, Newton Falls, Shugarcreek Garaway, Ashland Crestview, Rootstown, Jeromesville Hillsdale, Oberlin, Dalton, Columbiana, Lisbon, Springfield, Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Jackson-Milton, Southern Local, Rittman, Greenwich South Central, Mogadore, McDonald, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas, Cuyahoga Heights. ——— Division VII Region 23 Garfield Hts. Trinity, Leetonia, Vienna Mathews, Mineral Ridge, Richmond Hts., Ashland Mapleton, Western Reserve, Wellsville, East Canton, Plymouth, Monroeville, Southington Chalker, Norwalk St. Paul, Danville, Warren JFK, Newbury, Windham, Thompson Ledgemont, Fairport Harbor Fairport Harding, Lowellville, Lucas, Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic, Sebring, Youngstown Christian, Cleveland Hts. Lutheran East, Elyria Open Door.

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Basic offensive formation

2012 Record

Offensive outlook

Division IV, Region 11

2-8, including a 1-5 mark in the AllAmerican Conference American Division. The Beavers have lost 18 of their last 21 home games.

Head Coach

Jeremy McElroy enters his second season as head coach. He was 1-29 in three seasons at Lisbon from 2008-10 and served as offensive line coahch at Beaver Local in 2011. He was an assistant coach at Kettering Fairmont High School from 2004-07, at Piqua High School in 2004, at California University (Pa.) in 2002-03, at East Palestine High School in 2001 and a studen coach at Mount Union College in 2000.

Assistant coaches

Ed Rankin, offensive line Rich Washinko, quarterbacks, passiing game Rich Shilling, running backs Ken Chupa, defensive coordinator, linebackers David Allen, outside linebackers Aaron West, defensive backs Dave Hilliard, defensive line Steven Mercer, quality control Kyle Brown, offensive line

Returning lettermen

Ninteen, including four starters on offense and five starters on defense.

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Basic defensive formation Multiple fronts.

Defensive outlook

The Beavers gave up 36.2 points per game in their eight losses last season, but only a total of 14 points in their two wins. Beaver Local is experienced up front and will try to stop the run first, but has virtually no varsity experience returning in the secondary. “We are going to utilize the experience of the front seven to help develop the defensive secondary,” McElroy said.

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Morley Marsden (senior running back), Trevor McLaughlin (sophomore quarterback), Devon Zellers (sophomore quarterback), Kole McKenzie (junior running back), Rob Johnston (sophomore running back), Chris Sigley (junior running back).

Returning offensive ends None.

Incoming offensive ends

Hayden Grafton (junior wide receiver), Tyler Stratton (sophomore wide receiver), Chase Hilliard (junior wide receiver), Bryce McKenzie (sophomore wide receiver), Cody Riddle (junior tight end), Dalton Zellers (junior tight end), Dana Swartz (junior wide receiver), Dylan Cain (senior wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Stefan Lucas (senior center), Cody Martsolf (senior guard), Jason Sims (junior tackle), Austin Lawrence (junior tackle), Colton Beckwith (junior guard), Tanner Smith (senior guard).

Incoming offensive linemen

Tyler Kelly (sophomore center), Mike Woodburn (sophomore guard), Justin McNicol (sophomore tackle), Tristen Clendenning (sophomore tackle).

Returning defensive linemen

Cody Martsolf (senior tackle), Tanner Smith (senior tackle), Stefan Lucas (senior tackle), Jason Sims (junior tackle).

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Incoming defensive linemen

Tristian Clendenning (sophomore end), Austin Lawrence (junior tackle), Mike Woodburn (sophomore tackle), Colton Beckwith (junior tackle).

Returning linebackers

Morley Marsden (senior outside), Dylan Railing (senior inside), Kole McKenzie (junior inside).

Incoming linebackers

Dalton Zellers (junior outside), Caleb Kountz (junior outside), Jason Keyes (sophomore inside), Cody Riddle (junior inside).

Returning defensive backs None.

Incoming defensive backs

Chris Sigley (junior safety), Hayden Grafton (junior cornerback), Tyler Stratton (sophomore safety), Bryce McKenzie (sophomore cornerback), Chase Hililard (junior safety), Rob Johnston (sophomore cornerback), Dylan Cain (senior cornerback), Dana Swartz (junior cornerback-safety).

2012 Players honored

Daniel Lattanzio (graduated), firstteam All-Area. Mike Brewer (graduated), secondteam All-Area. Justin Osborne (graduated), secondteam All-Area. Phillip Beohm (graduated), secondteam All-Area.

2012 Leaders

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Beaver Local Beavers 1 Dana Swartz.....................5-9.......145 ....Jr. 2 Justin McCoy....................5-10.....175 ....Sr. 3 Morley Marsden................5-10.....190 ....Sr. 4 Hayden Grafton ................5-9.......155 ....Jr. 5 Brad Scarsella ..................5-7.......140 ....Jr. 6 Bryce McKenzie ...............5-8.......145 ....Soph. 7 Jason Keyes .....................5-9.......155 ....Soph. 8 Dustin Martsoff .................5-7.......135 ....Soph. 9 Brandon Wilson ................5-9.......165 ....Jr. 10 Caleb Mountz ...................6-1.......205 ....Jr. 11 Kole McKenzie..................5-9.......180 ....Jr. 12 Terry Adkins......................5-10.....165 ....Sr. 15 Connor Hall.......................5-10.....165 ....Jr. 20 Chris Sigley ......................5-9.......155 ....Jr. 21 Robert Johnston ...............5-9.......165 ....Soph. 22 Trevor McLaughlin.............5-10.....155 ....Soph. 23 Christian Lipps..................5-8.......155 ....Fr. 23 Tyler Stratton.....................5-11.....185 ....Soph. 24 Chase Hilliard ...................6-1.......175 ....Jr. 25 Devon Zellers....................5-10.....180 ....Soph. 30 Drew McCoy .....................5-10.....185 ....Fr. 30 Cody Riddle ......................6-0.......205 ....Jr. 33 Cain Dawson ....................5-8.......155 ....Soph. 34 Dylan Railing ....................5-10.....210 ....Sr. 35 Robert Kennedy................5-8.......150 ....Fr.

35 Seth Marshall....................5-9.......160 ....Jr. 50 Tyler Kelly..........................5-9.......170 ....Soph. 53 Joe Jackson......................6-0.......230 ....Sr. 54 Jason Johnston ................5-10.....190 ....Fr. 56 Stefan Lucas.....................5-9.......185 ....Sr. 59 Cody Martsolf ...................5-9.......245 ....Sr. 60 Chandler Joseph ..............5-9.......205 ....Fr. 60 Tanner Smith.....................5-10.....230 ....Sr. 61 Trent Young .......................5-10.....210 ....Soph. 62 Tristen Clendenning..........6-2.......235 ....Soph. 63 Cody Campbell .................5-9.......160 ....Soph. 63 Charles Knecht.................5-9.......160 ....Soph. 64 Mason Campbell...............6-1.......195 ....Jr. 64 Donnie Little......................5-10.....195 ....Fr. 70 Mike Woodburn.................6-0.......235 ....Soph. 72 Colton Beckwith................5-10.....295 ....Jr. 75 Justin McNichol ................6-1.......195 ....Soph. 76 Jason Sims .......................6-1.......290 ....Jr. 77 Tyler Higgins .....................6-0.......220 ....Sr. 78 David Mellinger.................5-11.....230 ....Fr. 79 Austin Lawrence ...............6-3.......270 ....Jr. 82 Justin Davis ......................5-8.......145 ....Soph. 83 Zach Brahm ......................5-9.......145 ....Fr. 84 Dominic Liguori.................5-8.......155 ....Sr. 85 Dalton Zellers ...................6-1.......195 ....Jr.

BEAVER LOCAL, Continued from Page 8B

downs on 58 carries (4.6); Phillip Beohm (graduated), 184 yards and one touchdown on 78 carries (2.4); Justin Osborne (graduated), 161 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries (6.0). Passing — Austin Brooks (graduated) completed 42 of 92 passes for 498 yards and three touchdowns; Phillip Beohm (graduated) completed 14 of 32 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Receiving — Justin Osborne (graduated) 20 catches for 291 yards (14.6) and four touchdowns; Phillip Beohm (graduated), eight catches for 188 yards (23.5) and one touchdown; Matt Sims (graduated), eight catches for 47 yards (5.9). Scoring — Daniel Lattanzio (graduated) 38 points; Justin Osborne (graduated) 24. Tackles — Daniel Lattanzio (graduated) 92.

2013 Outlook

Beaver Local’s five-year run in the All-American Conference is over after a 1-21 league mark. Now the Beavers are off on their own as an independent. The season opener will be a tough one as the Beavers travel to area power Crestview. Then the Beavers will play

six of their last nine games at home. The Beavers won’t have far to go for most of their remaining away games — at East Palestine, Struthers and Cambridge. “It’s going to be nice to be at home six times,” McElroy said. “We’ve got a local variety the first three games, which is nice, but we still play three good AAC teams (Niles, Struthers, Poland).” Beaver Local returns 19 letterwinners, but no skilled players in the starting lineup. “The Beavers look to build off improvements made last season,” McElroy said. “The team looks to use experienced linemen to help develop young offensive/defensive skill players.”

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EAST LIVERPOOL POTTERS

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Members of the 2013 East Liverpool football team are (front, from left) Brent Waggle, Jullian Cowart, Noah Shaw, Justin Barr, Austin Mayfield, D.J. Austin, Frank Dawson, Raequan Eliam, Austyn Dozier, Kade Reynolds, Marc Douglas, Xavier Carter, Kaleb Tallent, Marcus Beebout; (second row, from left) Logan Bouscher, Zac Mott, Jacob Allen, Corey Cotter, Dallas Brewer, Davonte’ Oates, Dakota Ice, Dillan Reynolds, Zack English, Hayden Jackson, Austin Vranesevich, Devin Streets, Ronnie Woods; (third row, from left) Chad Reed, Nathan Jackson, John Rickerd, Trevor Shenton, John Miscuk, Jimmy Lisk, Dalton Brewer, Luke Bowers, Ryan Lilly, Jared Yanik, Andrew Durk; (fourth row, from left) Evan Dieringer, John Exline, Cole Hamilton, Nick O’Hanlon, Dalton Cornman, Zac Gill, Austin Morris, Andrew Shreffler, Josh Woolley, Donavan Boyd; (fifth row, from left) Bill Potts, Eddie Roberts, Caleb McHenry, Chris Omrien, David Locke, Scotty Tanner, Danny Wells, Nick Cotter, Devon Zubay, Charles Iacobucci, Eric McMahon; (sixth row, from left) Ricky Davis, Chris Russell, Jacob Michael, Devon Hall, Robbie Penn, Jacob Buckel, Jason Kutzner, Freddie Plum, Tyler Bennett, Mike Crane; (back, from left) coach Carl Congo, coach Jason Duke, coach Dave Skinner, head coach Rick Prescott, coach Josh Ludwig, coach Gary Lutton, coach Dylan Stickler and Jim Olmstead.

Potters pick up where they left off Classification

Division IV, Region 11

2012 Record

4-6, including a 4-1 mark at home.

2013 SCHEDULE Home games start at 7:30 p.m. Away games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Carrollton Sept. 6 Indian Creek Sept. 13 Salem Sept. 20 Cambridge Sept. 27 John Marshall Oct. 4 at Wheeling Park Oct. 11 Vincent Warren Oct. 18 at Oak Glen Oct. 25 at Beaver Local Nov. 1 at Weirton

The Potters won their last three games after a 1-6 start. They have lost nine of their last 10 road games.

Head Coach

Rick Prescott enters his third season as head coach with a record of 5-15. He previously served as an offensive line coach at East Liverpool in 2010 and 2006, at Wellsville in 2009 and at Beaver Local in 2005.

Assistant coaches

Josh Ludwig, tight ends, defensive tackles Jason Duke, wide receivers, defensive backs Carl Congo, quarterbacks, defensive backs Jimmy Olmstead, running backs, out-

side linebackers Dave Skinner, offensive line, inside linebackers Gary Lutton, offensive line, defensive end Eric McMahon, offensive line, defensive line

Returning lettermen

Twenty-four, including nine starters on offense and nine starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple I.

Offensive outlook

The Potters return nine starters, including leading passer (Kade Reynolds) and receiver (Zack English). The Potters averaged 45.3 points in

their four wins last year, but only 11.3 in their six losses. They are seeking more consistency moving the ball and will look to get that with an experienced offensive, which returns seven players who started at least two games last year. “Having that many guys with game experience will be a big difference for us,” Prescott said. “They’re going to play with a lot more confidence and aggressiveness. You always hope to win the game up front. We’re not all that big, but we’ve got some tough guys.”

Basic defensive formation 4-4.

Defensive outlook

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East Liverpool Potters 1 Brent Waggle....................5-9.......150 ....Jr. 2 Jullian Cowart...................5-9.......141 ....Soph. 3 Noah Shaw.......................5-8.......132 ....Fr. 4 Justin Barr ........................5-9.......164 ....Sr. 5 Austin Mayfield .................6-1.......192 ....Fr. 6 D.J. Austin.........................5-7.......140 ....Sr. 7 Raequan Eliam.................5-6.......129 ....Soph. 8 Austyn Dozier ...................6-0.......218 ....Soph. 9 Kade Reynolds .................5-9.......154 ....Jr. 10 Marc Douglas ...................5-11.....151 ....Sr. 11 Xavier Carter ....................6-0.......193 ....Fr. 12 Kaleb Tallent .....................5-10.....186 ....Sr. 13 Marcus Beebout ...............5-10.....149 ....Sr. 15 Logan Bouscher ...............5-9.......147 ....Fr. 16 Zac Mott............................5-7.......124 ....Fr. 17 Jacob Allen .......................5-7.......136 ....Sr. 18 Corey Cotter .....................5-10.....156 ....Fr. 19 Dallas Brewer ...................5-11.....158 ....Soph. 20 Davonte Oates..................5-11.....152 ....Sr. 21 Dylan Ice...........................5-7.......122 ....Fr. 22 Dillan Reynolds.................6-0.......189 ....Soph. 24 Zack English .....................6-1.......161 ....Sr. 25 Hayden Jackson ...............5-10.....172 ....Fr. 26 Austin Vranesevich ...........5-11.....141 ....Soph. 27 Devin Streets ....................5-10.....140 ....Fr. 30 Ronnie Woods ..................5-9.......142 ....Fr. 34 Chad Reed .......................5-10.....189 ....Sr. 36 Nathan Jackson................5-6.......123 ....Fr. 42 John Rickerd.....................5-10.....215 ....Sr. 44 Trevor Shenton..................5-10.....171 ....Fr. 45 John Miscuk......................6-1.......218 ....Sr. 51 Jimmy Lisk........................6-2.......194 ....Sr.

52 Dalton Brewer...................6-0.......241 ....Sr. 53 Luke Bowers.....................5-10.....269 ....Soph. 54 Ryan Lilly ..........................6-0.......221 ....Soph. 55 Jared Yanik .......................6-0.......228 ....Jr. 56 Andrew Durk.....................5-8.......175 ....Soph. 57 Evan Dieringer..................5-9.......198 ....Fr. 58 John Exline .......................5-9.......195 ....Sr. 59 Cole Hamilton ...................5-11.....248 ....Sr. 60 Nick Oá Hanlon ................5-9.......189 ....Soph. 62 Dalton Cornman ...............5-9.......218 ....Jr. 63 Zac Gill .............................5-11.....187 ....Fr. 64 Austin Morris.....................5-9.......205 ....Soph. 65 Andrew Shreffler...............5-9.......174 ....Fr. 66 Josh Wooley .....................6-3.......249 ....Jr. 67 Donavan Boyd ..................5-8.......203 ....Fr. 68 Eddie Roberts...................5-10.....197 ....Jr. 70 Caleb McHenry.................5-10.....231 ....Fr. 71 Chris Omrien ....................5-9.......168 ....Fr. 72 David Locke ......................5-9.......171 ....Fr. 73 Scotty Tanner....................6-0.......268 ....Fr. 74 Danny Wells......................6-3.......265 ....Fr. 75 Nick Cotter........................6-2.......271 ....Jr. 76 Devon Zubay ....................6-2.......249 ....Soph. 77 Charles Iacobucci .............5-11.....282 ....Soph. 78 Chris Russell ....................5-10.....285 ....Sr. 79 Jacob Michael...................5-11.....246 ....Sr. 80 Devon Hall ........................5-8.......133 ....Fr. 84 Robbie Penn .....................5-9.......192 ....Fr. 85 Jacob Buckel ....................5-7.......128 ....Soph. 86 Jacob Kutzner...................6-1.......188 ....Jr. 87 Freddie Plum ....................6-2.......191 ....Fr. 88 Tyler Bennett.....................5-11.....145 ....Soph.

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Skinner fitted for blue and white EAST LIVERPOOL — Dave Skinner will view the game of football from a different perspective this season. After roaming the sidelines at Nicholson Stadium as the head coach at Wellsville the past six years, Skinner will man the press box at Patterson Field. Skinner joined Rick Prescott’s East Liverpool coaching staff in the offseason after Rich Wright was hired to lead Wellsville. The 50-year-old Skinner will serve as an assistant under Prescott with a focus on linebackers and offensive linemen. “Staff-wise, I think I fit in great,” Skinner said. “And kids are kids. I’ve always been able to get along anywhere I’ve been. This is a good bunch.” A 1981 graduate of Southern Local, Skinner was a defensive coordinator at Southern Local, East Palestine, Campbell Memorial and Wellsville before taking over as the Tigers’ head coach in 2007. In six seasons at the helm, Skinner guided Wellsville to a 32-29 record including the playoffs in 2011, the first in a decade for the Tigers. Prior to Skinner’s tenure, Wellsville suffered through five straight losing seasons (17-33). According to Prescott, Skinner’s arrival in East Liverpool couldn’t have come at a better time. “Coach Skinner has definitely been a great addition to our staff,” he said. “He fits in well with the rest of the coaches. He is very committed, knowledgeable, and knows how to get the kids fired up.” After handling all of the extra duties that come with a head coaching position, Skinner says he has found the role of an assistant to be much more relaxing. “Actually, going from a head coach to an assistant has been a lot of fun,” he said. “You don’t have to put up with as

much stuff. Now, I can just coach. I don’t have to worry about all the little details. It’s been kind of refreshing.” While Skinner’s responsibilities may have changed, his personality has not. Skinner said he will maintain his fiery approach to the game. “I haven’t changed one bit,” he said. “I’m still very intense when it comes to the game. I think the guys notice that. They’ve been talking about my eyes. They say I don’t blink. I just told them, that I don’t want them to blink either. If they’re staring down a quarterback, don’t blink.” On Friday nights, Skinner will be found in the Patterson Field press box. He said he will be communicating with East Liverpool defensive coordinator Josh Ludwig during games. “I’ll be his eyes in the box on game nights,” Skinner said. “I’ll help him make adjustments on the go. I’ve been in the box a few times in my career. There’s so many more things you can see up there than you can on the sidelines. You really get the whole picture.” While Skinner won’t be able to attend any Wellsville games this season, he said he will be keeping his eye on how his former team is faring. “When I get done at practice and stop in downtown Wellsville, I get some different looks,” he said. “But, I didn’t choose to leave Wellsville. It is what it is. I’ll still be watching what they do. Those are still my kids. I coached them for a long time. I wish them well all the time and I’ll be rooting for them.” As for the future, Skinner said he would like to be a head coach again, but for now his position with the Potters is right where he wants to be. “I’m just focusing on this season and helping the Potters get prepared,” he said. “I’m enjoying myself. I get along with everyone and I’m having a good time. As for being a head coach again someday, I’ll cross that bridge when and if it comes.”

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on the defense. “Our first and main goal is to stop the run,” Prescott said. “We want to force teams to put the ball in the air. There’s not many teams out there that can pass the ball efficiently on a regular basis, so that’s the position we want to put them in.”

Returning offensive backs

Kade Reynolds (junior quarterback), John Miscuk (senior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

John Rickerd (senior running back), Kaleb Tallent (senior running back), Dillan Reynolds (sophomore running back).

Returning offensive ends

Zack English (senior wide receiver), D.J. Austin (wide receiver), Austyn Dozier (sophomore tight end).

Incoming offensive ends

Marcus Beebout (senior wide receiver), Jason Kutzner (junior wide receiver).

Returning offensive linemen

Jacob Michael (senior), Cole Hamilton (senior), Jimmy Lisk (senior), Chad Reed (senior), Dalton Brewer (senior), Josh Wooley (junior), Dalton Cornman (junior), Jared Yanik

(junior).

Returning defensive linemen Chris Russell (senior tackle).

Incoming defensive linemen

Charles Iacobucci (sophomore tackle), Chad Reed (senior end), Austyn Dozier (sophomore end), Ryan Lilly (sophomore end).

Returning linebackers

John Miscuk (senior inside), Kaleb Tallent (senior outside), Kade Reynolds (junior outside).

Incoming linebackers

John Rickerd (senior inside), Dillan Reynolds (sophomore outside).

Returning defensive backs

D.J. Austin (senior), Marcus Beebout (senior), Kade Reynolds (senior), Zack English (senior).

carries (5.2); John Miscuk, 318 yards and five touchdowns on 67 carries (4.7). Passing — Kade Reynolds completed 46 of 107 passes for 566 yards and six touchdowns; Payton Newlun (graduated) completed 8 of 29 passes for 198 yards and one touchdown. Receiving — Zack English, 16 catches for 235 yards (14.7) and four touchdowns; Stefan Yoho (graduated) 12 catches for 131 yards (10.9); D.J. Austin, 10 catches for 156 yards (15.6) and two touchdowns.

2013 Outlook

The Potters are hoping to pick up where they left off last season when they won their last three games. The team will be built around the 17 seniors. “Our team strength is senior leadership,” Prescott said. “They are a takecharge group. I was always told that if

you’re not sure what to do on the field, look to the guys who’ve been there. These are our guys. They’ve been through adversity the ups and downs. They’re going to set the tone for us this season.” The teams on East Liverpool’s schedule, which includes four new opponents, combined for a 41-60 record last year. The Potters open the season at Carrollton and will host the next four games. The schedule includes games against Salem, Oak Glen, Beaver Local and Wheeling Park. “I’m very happy to be playing more local again,” Prescott said. “Being independent is a good thing in that you can change your schedule up. Sometimes, like last year, you’re forced into playing a Cleveland or Toledo team. This schedule has eight teams we’d like to keep on the schedule long term. It’s not an easier schedule by any means, but it’s one I like a whole lot better.”

2012 Players honored

Tyler McComas (graduated), firstteam All-Area. Payton Newlun (graduated), secondteam All-Area.

2012 Leaders

Rushing — Stefan Yoho (graduated) 948 yards and 14 touchdowns on 181

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Morning Journal/Wayne Maris

Members of the 2013 Minerva football team are (front, from left) Nick McCauley, Chase Cappelli, Josey Riley, Cody Parrish, Tommy Gliatta, Harrison Hoppel, Mason Butler, Stephen Berstler, Jacob Smith, Seth Loudon, Freddie Bennett; (second row, from left) Jacob Ross, Dalton Hartshorn, Lucas VanMeter, Tristan Keller, Ruger Miller, Billy Eyer, Wylie Brown, Mitch Croston, Storm Angione, Tyler Stewart, Joe Letrich, Joe Arnold; (third row, from left) Bryan Inscoe, Hunter Long, Kyle Gulling, Jake Preston, Luke Walter, Logan Fritz, Dominic Crowe, Tim Hoagland, Shem Haas, Mike Scott, Dylan Ossler, Kyle Oyster; (fourth row, from left) Reggie Hancock, Stephen Biedka, Noe Gonzales, Brett Russell, Tommy Connelley, Anthony Canestraro, Adam Gross, Brant Allen, Tyler Harris, Coy Mullins, Tony Berry; (back, from left) head coach Mike Hall, coach Alex Albert, coach Lance Willison, coach Jason Lutz, coach Jim Jenkins, coach Jim Rittenhouse and coach Leo Saniuk.

Lions going to be ready to wing it Classification

Division IV, Region 11

2013 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Field Sept. 6 at St. Thomas Sept. 13 Canton Central Sept. 20 at Alliance Sept. 27 Marlington Oct. 4 at Salem Oct. 11 Louisville Oct. 18 Canton South Oct. 25 at West Branch Nov. 1 Carrollton

2012 Record

3-7, including a 2-5 mark in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. The Lions have won 13 of their last 16 homes games.

Head Coach

Mike Hall enters his first season as head coach. He was offensive coordinator at Division I Massillon Perry the past eight season. He also coached at Wickliffe from 1992-2003, serving the last five years as head coach, and one season at Howland in 2004.

Assistant coaches

Alex Albert, quarterbacks, defensive

backs Lance Willison, defensive coordinator, linebackers, running backs Jason Lutz, offensive line, defensive line Leo Saniuk, offensive line, defensive line Kevin Vargo, wingbacks, linebackers Jim Rittenhouse, tight ends, linebackers Jim Jenkins, split ends, defensive backs

Returning lettermen

Nine, including eight starters on offense and four starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Wing-T.

Offensive outlook

The Lions return Mason Butler, Harrison Hoppel, Stephen Berstler, Wylie Brown and Jacob Smith on the offensive line that will lead the way for the Lions’ Wing-T attack. “Most of our lettermen are our guys up front on both sides of the ball, so they are an experienced group,” Hall said. “We have good returning skill players on offense as well. All of these players have much experience on both See LIONS, Page 16B


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Minerva’s Hall hits ground running BY CHRIS RAMBO Staff Writer

MINERVA— For the past few seasons, while serving as an assistant at Massillon Perry, Mike Hall felt the urge to be a head coach again. It was just a matter of finding the right opportunity. When a vacancy at Minerva High School came up in January, Hall had exactly the situation he wanted. “I was looking to coach at a smaller school that was close to Massillon, so I wouldn’t have to uproot my family,” Hall said. “Everything about Minerva fit very well for me. The community support here is terrific and the administration has been totally behind what we’re trying to do.” Hall took over in February after spending eight years at Massillon Perry as an offensive coordinator. Prior to that he was at Wickliffe High from 19922003, spending the last five years as head coach and leading the Blue Devils to three consecutive playoff appearances and one regional final. Hall was also spent 2004 on the staff at Howland. “I had some wonderful times coach at a small school like Wickliffe (Division IV),” Hall said. “Then with Perry I had a taste of coaching at a Division I school. I enjoyed my time at Perry but I wanted to bet back into coaching at a smaller school. For me, the small school football experience is a little more pure. I like the close relationship with the community.” Hall arrived at Minerva armed with a list of changes he wanted to imple-

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ment and wasted little time in getting down to business. First he needed to make the Lions more physical across the board. Prior to Hall’s arrival, Minerva had been running a spread attack, but in order to install his beloved Wing-T—an offense that features power running—Hall needed his team to bulk up. Every day during February and March, Hall commuted from his teaching job at Massillon Perry to Minerva so he could be at the weight room in time for the players arrival. During those winter sessions Hall drilled the Lions on the skills required for his offense and defense and also worked to cultivate the culture he wanted in the program. “During the winter is when your team chemistry is built and the coaching staff

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sides of the ball.”

Basic defensive formation 3-3 Stack.

Defensive outlook

The Lions only have four lettermen returning on the defense after giving up an average of 30.4 points a game last season.

Returning offensive backs

(senior outside), Chase Cappelli (senior outside).

Returning defensive backs

Billy Eyer (junior strong safety), Cody Parrish (senior cornerback), Dalton Hartshorn (junior free safety),

Incoming defensive backs

Nick McCauley (senior cornerback).

2012 Players honored

Josey Riley (senior quarterback), Dalton Hartshorn (junior halfback), Cody Parrish (senior fullback).

Mitch Soles (graduated), special mention Division III All-Ohio.

Incoming offensive backs

Rushing — Jake Riley (graduated) 649 yards and 11 touchdowns on 113 carries (5.7); Dalton Hartshorn, 461 yards and three touchdowns on 80 carries (5.8); Mitch Soles (graduated) 281 yards and three touchdowns on 80 carries (3.5). Passing — Josey Riley completed 63 of 124 passes for 970 yards and nine touchdowns; Jake Riley (graduated) completed 57 of 106 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns. Receiving — Cody Parrish, 52 catches for 845 yards (16.3) and four touchdowns; Dalton Hartshorn, 23 catches for 346 yards (15.0) and four touchdowns; Corey Schaffner (graduated) 19 catches for 371 yards (19.5) and two touchdowns; Billy Eyer, 16 catches for 205 yards (12.8) and two touchdowns. Scoring — Jake Riley (graduated) 66 points; Dalton Hartshorn 42; Cody Parrish 26; Nate Smith 21. Tackles — Mitch Soles (graduated) 93; Harrison Hoppel 92; Kris Nign (graduated) 82; Interceptions — Cody Parrish 5.

Lucas VanMeter (junior wingback), Chase Cappelli (senior wingback).

Returning offensive ends Billy Eyer (junior tight end).

Incoming offensive ends

Joe Lettrich (junior split end), Mitch Croston (junior tight end), Nick McCauley (senior split end).

Returning offensive linemen

Wylie Brown (junior tackle), Harrison Hoppel (senior guard), Jacob Smith (senior center), Mason Butler (senior guard), Stephen Berstler (senior tackle).

Incoming offensive linemen Seth Loudon (senior).

Returning defensive linemen

Jacob Smith (senior tackle), Harrison Hoppel (senior nose guard), Mason Butler (senior tackle).

Incoming defensive linemen Seth Loudon (senior).

Returning linebackers None.

Incoming linebackers

Lucas VanMeter (junior outside), Mitch Croston (junior middle), Josey Riley (senior outside), Tommy Gliatta

2012 Leaders

2013 Outlook

The Lions enter the season with a new head coach and new artificial turf field. “The number of players on our roster is very small,” Hall said. “We do not have a lot of depth at all of our positions. We must stay healthy. “The players have adjusted well to the new offense and the new defense, so we must continue to work hard to improve. We do not have experience in

Morning Journal/Wayne Maris

Seniors Harrison Hoppel (left) and Mason Butler (right) are two of the top returnees on Minerva’s experienced offensive line.

Minerva Lions 3 Cody Parrish.....................5-10.....180 ....Sr. 4 Storm Angione .................6-0.......160 ....Jr. 5 Billy Eyer ..........................6-3.......210 ....Jr. 6 Tommy Gliatta...................5-8.......150 ....Sr. 7 Hunter Long......................5-10.....170 ....Soph. 9 Kyle Gulling ......................5-11.....150 ....Soph. 12 Mike Scott.........................5-10.....150 ....Soph. 14 Dalton Hartshorn ..............5-8.......165 ....Jr. 15 Reggie Hancock ...............5-8.......130 ....Fr. 16 Brett Russell .....................5-10.....135 ....Fr. 17 Shem Haas.......................6-0.......155 ....Soph. 18 Tyler Stewart .....................5-10.....155 ....Jr. 19 Jacob Ross.......................5-7.......135 ....Jr. 21 Coy Mullins .......................5-8.......140 ....Fr. 22 Joe Lettrich.......................5-10.....155 ....Jr. 23 Josey Riley .......................5-10.....205 ....Sr. 24 Nick McCauley..................5-10.....140 ....Sr. 25 Stephen Biedka ................5-7.......140 ....Fr. 30 Ruger Miller ......................5-11.....165 ....Jr. 32 Chase Cappelli .................5-10.....170 ....Sr. 33 Tim Hoagland ...................6-3.......170 ....Soph. 34 Mitch Croston ...................6-0.......205 ....Jr. 35 Tony Berry.........................5-9.......145 ....Fr.

these philosophies, so there is a learning curve as well.” The team includes 11 seniors, 12 juniors and 13 sophomores, small by Minerva standards. Minerva will play the first two games on the road before debuting its new $450,000 field against Canton Central Catholic on Sept. 13. “I believe that the NBC is a very strong league and every team in the league has great tradition,” Hall said.

39 Adam Gross......................5-10.....150 ....Fr. 47 Joe Arnold ........................5-8.......165 ....Jr. 49 Lucas Van Meter...............5-10.....170 ....Jr. 50 Tommy Connelley .............5-10.....150 ....Fr. 51 Bryan Inscoe.....................5-10.....215 ....Soph. 52 Noe Gonzalez...................5-10.....225 ....Fr. 54 Kyle Oyster .......................5-5.......175 ....Soph. 55 Luke Walter.......................6-0.......195 ....Soph. 56 Harrison Hoppel................6-3.......220 ....Sr. 58 Jake Preston.....................6-1.......210 ....Soph. 60 Tristan Keller .....................5-11.....190 ....Jr. 62 Jacob Smith......................5-10.....275 ....Sr. 64 Seth Loudon .....................6-0.......220 ....Sr. 65 Mason Butler ....................6-4.......285 ....Sr. 66 Stephen Berstler...............6-0.......250 ....Sr. 68 Wylie Brown......................6-4.......225 ....Jr. 75 Freddie Bennett ................5-10.....250 ....Sr. 76 Dominic Crowe .................6-2.......230 ....Soph. 78 Logan Fritz........................6-4.......240 ....Soph. 80 Dylan Ossler .....................5-10.....200 ....Soph. 83 Brant Allen ........................5-10.....170 ....Fr. 84 Tyler Harris........................5-10.....170 ....Fr. 86 Anthony Canestraro..........5-7.......130 ....Soph.

“West Branch is the returning league champion, so the 2013 league championship runs through them and their great tradition. Morever, Louisville and Marlington are always very tough and the entire league is extremely well coaches. “I know that we must play our best in every game in order to compete. Any team in the league can beat any other team in the league on any night.”


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Northeastern Buckeye Conference teams heading to Minerva will play on artificial turf that was installed at Hines Stadium this summer. The $450,000 project was paid for by private donations. Minerva will host Canton Central Catholic on Sept. 13, Marlington on Sept. 27, Louisville on Oct. 11, Canton South on Oct. 18, and Carrollton on Nov. 1.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 Franklin........................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Muskingum...........................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 31, 2013 Buffalo.......................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 San Diego...................................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Marietta.......................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Ohio Northern......................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 Wilmington.................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

at California................................7:00 p.m. Florida A & M........................................TBA

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Wisconsin....................................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Northwestern........................8:00 p.m.

at Capital.....................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Iowa..............................................3:30 p.m.

Otterbein.....................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2012 at Penn State.............................8:00 p.m.

Liberty Flames...........................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 Bowling Green........................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at LSU...........................................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Penn State........................................TBA

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Western Michigan................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 Northern Illinois........................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Ball State................................3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 2, 2013 Florida State...............................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 New Mexico.............................12:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Duke...................................................TBA

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Virginia....................................................TBA

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Virginia...............................................TBA

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Old Dominion......................................TBA

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Navy.........................................1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

at South Alabama...............................TBA

at Georgia Tech....................................TBA

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday, November 9, 2013

at Purdue...............................................TBA

Buffalo.........................................2:00 p.m.

Notre Dame..........................................TBA

Baldwin-Wallace.......................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

at Illinois.................................................TBA

at Akron.......................................3:30 p.m.

North Carolina......................................TBA

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Indiana....................................................TBA

Miami Ohio................................8:00 p.m.

at Syracuse............................................TBA

Saturday, November 30, 2023

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Saturday, November 29, 2013

at Michigan............................................TBA

at Ohio.........................................8:00 p.m.

Miami......................................................TBA

at Heidelberg.............................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 John Carroll................................1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

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Thursday, August 29, 2013 at UCF Knights...........................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 James Madison.........................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Michigan..............................12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 29, 2013 Dayton.........................................7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 Morehead State........................4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

at Michigan State......................2:00 p.m.

Louisiana.....................................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Bowling Green................................TBA

Saturday, October 5, 2015 Ohio..............................................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Duquesne...................................4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Southern Illinois...................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Indiana State.........................3:05 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013 Ball State..................................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 Kent State...................................3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Massachusetts......................1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29, 2013 Toledo.....................................................TBA

Friday, December 6, 2013 MAC Championship................8:00 p.m.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

William and Mary...................12:00 p.m.

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

at Oklahoma..............................7:00 p.m.

Eastern Michigan....................12:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2015

Georgia State...........................12:00 p.m.

UCF...............................................6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Maryland...........................................TBA

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Oklahoma State...................................TBA

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Baylor.................................................TBA

Northern Illinois........................5:00 p.m. at Miami, Ohio.....................................TBA

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Texas Tech..............................................TBA

Illinois State...............................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013

at Kansas State.....................................TBA

Western Illinois.........................7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at South Dakota........................2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at UNI...........................................5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 16, 2013 North Dakota State..................2:00 p.m.

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Saturday, October 5, 2014 at Indiana...............................................TBA

Saturday, October 12, 2013 Michigan.....................................5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Ohio State..............................8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2, 2013 Illinois.....................................................TBA

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Minnesota.........................................TBA

Saturday, November 16, 2013 Purdue....................................................TBA

Saturday, November 23, 2014 Nebraska................................................TBA

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Targeting getting most of the attention this fall BY RUSTY MILLER Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS — The key word when it comes to football rules this fall — one fans will hear again and again — is “targeting.” In the parlance of the NCAA, that describes players who hit a defenseless player above the shoulders. Do it, and you’ll be ejected, and your team gets a 15-yard penalty. Spectators may love a crunching hit, but the ruling bodies of the game at all levels are putting extra emphasis on safety in this current environment where concussions have undergone particular scrutiny. Coaches are also putting high hits under the microscope. “We’re going to have an official come in and discuss the new rule on the targeting of players and ejections,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said.

2013 FOOTBALL RULES CHANGES

“We had one in practice already — the player would have gotten thrown out of the game, the official told me. I just want to make sure we’re on the same page.” Every Ohio State player has had an instructional video sent to his iPad about the safety of tackling and avoiding dangerous hits. It’s talked about in meetings, practices and huddles and will undoubtedly be in the headlines when the games start to count. “That’s a game-changer,” Meyer said. “That’s not just the next new rule. That’s a big one.” The Buckeyes’ co-defensive coordinator, Everett Withers, conceded there are still problems figuring out just exactly what a targeted hit is. “It’s really about targeting the head and neck area. If you’re not targeting that, then it should not be a call,” he

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said. “The problem is that as a defensive coach, you’re trying to teach to tackle up high so you can run through a guy. What we don’t want to do is try to get our head out of tackling because now the shoulder pads weren’t really made to be tackling instruments. They were made for safety and protection, too. There’s a little bit of a contradiction in what’s going on.” All ejections under the new rule are reviewable through video replay. The replay official must have “conclusive evidence” to overturn the ejection. Conferences are permitted to add sanctions or reduce a suspension based on a postgame review. Also in the college game, the NCAA clarified blocking below the waist, determined the ball cannot be spiked to stop the clock if there’s less than 3 seconds left on the clock and will allow instant replay to adjust the clock at the end of each quarter. In the NFL, players who celebrate after a first down by spinning the ball can be called for taunting. “Verbal abuse of an opponent” is one of three points of emphasis this season, the others being hits on players in the grasp on the ground or whose progress has been stopped, and discouraging ball carriers from grabbing and twisting an opponent’s face mask.

Similar to the new rules in the college game, the pros also are trying to prevent or at least limit concussions and upper-body injuries. Ball carriers and tacklers are no longer permitted to lead with the crown of their helmets, and no contact can be made to the head or neck area of a defenseless player. The flagged player can be suspended. Also, peel-back blocks are now illegal inside the tackle box. The so-called “tuck rule” — when a quarterback loses possession of the ball while attempting to bring it back to his body — has been deleted from the NFL’s record book. And long-snappers are now considered defenseless players while snapping the ball. Just like in college and the NFL, at the high school level special emphasis has been put on preventing injuries, particularly a prohibition of contact to and with the helmet. Additional changes or points of interest include: pass interference now results in a 15-yard penalty and there is no automatic first down (for a defensive call) or loss of down (for an offense); initiating contact with a helmetless player is now an illegal personal-contact foul; players must sit out the next play if their helmet comes off; it’s a catch now if an airborne player is carried out of bounds by an opponent; and teams can be penalized 15 yards for interfering with a fair catch.

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Crestview’s Collin Gilbert and United’s Garrett Beech

1,000-1,000 club

Players in Columbiana County history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards each in a season: Year 2012 2012 2011 2011 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2008 2007 2007 2005 2004 2003 2002 1994

Player (School) .................................Games Collin Gilbert (Crestview)..........................12 Garrett Beech (United) ..............................10 Adam Coppock (Crestview) .......................13 Austin Barbato (Columbiana).....................11 Austin Barbato (Columbiana).....................10 Marky Thompkins (East Liverpool) ............11 Trent Toothman (Salem).............................11 Carter Hill (Crestview) ...............................11 Josh McLaughlin (United)..........................11 Trent Toothman (Salem).............................12 Carter Hill (Crestview) ...............................12 Shane Peterson (East Palestine)...............10 Shane Peterson (East Palestine).................9 Tony Britton (Crestview).............................10 Ryan Williams (Columbiana)......................11 Mike Welce (Columbiana)..........................13 Drew Wagner (Columbiana) ......................10 Jay Yorty (Lisbon).......................................13 Smitty Kendrew (East Palestine) ...............12 Michael Winters (Columbiana)...................12

Rush 1,098 1,427 1,016 1,335 1,098 1,018 1,407 1,104 1,065 1,091 1,116 1,058 1,124 1,156 1,256 1,066 1,008 1,159 1,031 1,276

Pass 1,006 1,017 1,192 1,014 1,046 1,276 1,595 1,665 2,627 2,026 1,547 1,097 1,207 1,063 1,001 1,365 1,114 1,029 1,039 1,004


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OAK GLEN GOLDEN BEARS

2013 Oak Glen football team

Golden Bears have holes to fill Classification

West Virginia Class AA.

2012 Record

4-6. The Golden Bears gave up an average of 43.7 points in their last three games, all loses, and lost their last four home games.

Head Coach

Ian Whittington enters his second

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season as head coach. He served the previous three years as an assistant at Oak Glen.

Assistant coaches

Jason Kekseo, offensive coordinator Justin Lipps, assistant offensive coordinator Patrik McGillian, defensive line Doug Murray, offensive line Frank Crain, fullbacks Nathan Parry, defensive ends, tight ends

Returning lettermen

Ten, including two starters on offense and two starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Balanced set/2-by-2.

Offensive outlook

The Bears will be without their biggest playmaker from last season in quarterback Bub Haddox, who has

decided to focus solely on baseball his senior year. Haddox was the team’s leading rusher and must be replaced along with the team’s top five pass catchers from 2012. There are plenty of holes to fill as Oak Glen also lost a big, experienced offensive line. Junior Chase Hartley takes over at quarterback, while senior David Campbell will carry the load at running back. “We want to run the football first,” Whittington said. “Then, we’ll develop the pass off of that with some playaction. We have a returning starter at tailback and we intend on getting him the ball.”

Basic defensive formation Hybrid 4-2/4-4.

Defensive outlook

The Golden Bears gave up an average of 41.3 points per game in their six losses last season. “Our plan is to stop the run first and

play the pass second,” Whittington said. “We want to control the line of scrimmage. That’s our primary goal.”

Returning offensive backs

David Campbell (senior running back), Tyler Steed (running back), Trey Smith (running back), Zack Staley (running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Chase Hartley (junior quarterback), Alec Swiger (sophomore running back).

Returning offensive ends None.

Incoming offensive ends

Chris Burnham (senior wide receiver), Tyler Campbell (senior wide receiver), Josh Cornell (senior wide receiver), Cyle Perez (sophomore wide receiver), Micah Swiger (junior slot), Nathan See GOLDEN BEARS, Page 24B


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Elder markets college football BY CHRIS RAMBO Staff Writer

NEWELL, W.Va. — Beginning with the 2014 season, major college football will embark on a new era and a man with local ties will play a prominent role. Newell native Ken Elder, a 1981 graduate of Oak Glen High School, was recently named Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnership for the new College Football Playoff. He will oversee much of the sales and marketing efforts for the organization. “A playoff for major college football is something that many people have wanted for a long time,” Elder said. “It’s exciting to be a part of the organization as it takes shape, I believe there will be a great number of marketing possibilities.” The playoff is designed to group the top four teams in the country—as selected by a panel—in an end-of-season mini tournament to determine the national champion. After this season, it will replace the current Bowl Championship Series, which has tried to pair the first and second ranked teams in a championship game since 1998. Elder, who officially begins his role in September, joins the playoff armed with years of experience in helping plan big events for college and pro football. Over the last 12 years, he has directed or consulted on sales and marketing efforts for six Super Bowl Host Committees. He has also worked in three NCAA Division I athletic departments and helped oversee three bowl games. Since 2009, Elder has run his own sports marketing company based in Boca Raton, Fla., with his client list

“I’ve lived away for a while but I still have a deep affinity for this area.” KEN ELDER, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MARKETING FOR THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

including host committees for two of the last three Super Bowls. Earlier this year he assisted in the development of an interactive fan experience for the BCS National Championship Game. “I definitely think that my previous football experience played a part in the hire,” Elder said. “The committee was looking for somebody who has worked championship football games in the past and it’s something I’m very comfortable doing.” With the first playoff games a year and half away, much of Elder’s attention is focused on developing a strong corporate hospitality program. He is aggressively targeting various corporate groups and says the reception has been mostly positive. “When you combine a big event with the special flair of college football, that is a really attractive package,” Elder said. “I’ve been blown away over the years by the passion of college football fans. This past year for BCS National Championship, Notre Dame had 30,000 fans show up for a pep rally. That passion is something that sponsors like to be associated with.” One thing in particular that Elder believes will make the playoff attractive is the continuity involved. Under the Bowl Championship Series, corporate hospitality was handled by whichever

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company.” Elder, who played basketball and tennis for Oak Glen, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Atlantic University and a masters in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University. After college he went back to Florida Atlantic and helped with the launch of their men’s basketball program in 1988. Three years later he worked behind the scenes for the University of Miami as their football team won a share of the national championship (he received a ring which is on display at the Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame). Though he has been all over the country helping with some of the biggest events in sports, Elder still holds a special place for where he grew up. “I try and make it back here to visit my stepdad and mother as often as possible,” Elder said. “I’ve lived away for a while but I still have a deep affinity for this area.”

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Beebout (junior slot).

Returning offensive linemen Noah Mills (junior center).

Incoming offensive linemen

Michael Shenton (senior tackle), Cody Wishon (senior), Drew Bailey (senior), Justin Cornell (sophomore).

Returning defensive linemen None.

Incoming defensive linemen

Keith Orr (senior), Michael Shenton (senior), Noah Mills (junior), Cody Wishon (senior), Justin Cornell (sophomore).

Returning linebackers

Chase Hartley (senior outside).

Incoming linebackers

Ryan Cunningham (sophomore inside), Alec Swiger (sophomore inside), Colton Speece (outside), Michael Campbell (sophomore).

Returning defensive backs

Nathan Bebout (junior cornerback).

Incoming defensive backs

Chris Burnham (senior cornerback), Josh Cornell (cornerback), Micah Swiger (safety), Zack Porter (safety).

2012 Players honored

Preston Murray (graduated), firstteam Class AA All-West Virginia. Bub Haddox, honorable mention Class AA All-West Virginia. Clayton Flowers (graduated), honorable mention Class AA All-West Virginia.

2012 Leaders

Rushing — Bub Haddox, 462 yards and 12 touchdowns on 103 carries (4.5); Tyler Steed (graduated) 396 yards and three touchdowns on 79 carries (5.0); Zack Staley (graduated) 342 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries (7.7); Trey Smith (graduated) 292 yards and one touchdown on 54 carries

(5.4); David Campbell, 243 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries (4.2). Passing — Bub Haddox completed 74 of 155 passes for 643 yards and two touchdowns; Chase Hartley completed 13 of 23 passes for 123 yards. Receiving — Clayton Flowers (graduated) 18 catches for 200 yards; Tyler Steed (graduated) 12 catches for 126 yards. Scoring — Bub Haddox 72 points; Zack Staley (graduated) 20; Josh Weltner (graduated) 20.

2013 Outlook

The Golden Bears relied on 15 seniors last season. Now they’re gone, along with quarterback Bub Haddox, who had 1,105 yards of total offense and scored a team-high 72 points. It remains to be seen how the young players will respond. “I think our strength will be flying under the radar,” Whittington said. “No one expects anything from us, but we’ve got a lot of athletes. I’d rather be the underdog. That way, we can just go out and play football. We might come out of nowhere this year.” The Golden Bears will open the season by hosting Edison and then traveling to Beaver Local.

be a playoff team,” Foster said. “Certainly in the future we will have to look at adding some bigger schools to have a realistic chance.” Crestview has been scheduling bigger schools for the past several years and coach Paul Cusick said that would not change. “I’m glad that I’ve been scheduling bigger schools for a while. It’s gotten us used to playing a different level of competition.” Crestview coach Paul Cusick said. “In a way we are hurt by playing a lot of Division VI schools, but if those schools are good then it shouldn’t matter as much. We are hoping for a good competitive schedule.” The Rebels, who have advanced to the state playoffs five straight years, will still have to contend with Youngstown Ursuline in Division V, Region 15 but will no longer have to worry about Kirtland—which ousted Crestview the last two years—after the defending state runner-up Hornets dropped to Division VI. “I’m actually a little disappointed to lose Kirtland and St. Thomas Aquinas from our region,” Cusick said. “Those were some fun matchups the last couple of years. As far as Ursuline goes, they are always going to be there in the playoffs and we have to do the best job we

Oak Glen Golden Bears 2 Michael Campbell.............6-2.......170 ....Soph. 3 David Devaux ...................5-6.......130 ....Fr. 4 Nate Bebout .....................5-7.......150 ....Jr. 5 Micah Swiger....................5-7.......150 ....Jr. 6 Colton Speece..................6-2.......190 ....Sr. 7 Zac Porter.........................5-8.......155 ....Soph. 8 Chris Burnham .................5-11.....155 ....Sr. 9 Chase Hartley ..................6-0.......170 ....Jr. 10 Josh Cornell .....................5-8.......140 ....Sr. 13 Kalib Bailey.......................5-7.......155 ....Soph. 14 Chase Crago ....................5-6.......120 ....Fr. 15 Lance Collins ....................5-8.......145 ....Soph. 22 Dakota Price .....................6-1.......190 ....Fr. 23 Stevie Cool .......................5-7.......145 ....Fr. 24 Devon Chadwick...............5-8.......165 ....Soph. 36 Alec Swiger.......................5-7.......170 ....Soph. 42 Patrick Arneault ................5-7.......150 ....Jr. 43 Cyle Perez ........................6-1.......180 ....Soph. 44 Tommy Hawken ................6-1.......170 ....Soph. 46 Ryan Cunningham............5-9.......190 ....Soph. 47 David Campbell ................5-9.......170 ....Sr. 48 Lakota Grimes ..................5-9.......195 ....Jr. 49 Bradly Hitt .........................5-8.......180 ....Soph. 50 Noah Flowers ...................5-8.......180 ....Soph.

51 Drew Bailey.......................6-1.......210 ....Sr. 55 Noah Mills.........................6-1.......240 ....Jr. 56 Richard Bowen .................6-0.......230 ....Fr. 57 Justin Cornell....................5-10.....210 ....Soph. 60 Travis Lowther...................6-1.......205 ....Fr. 62 Cody Wishon ....................5-10.....255 ....Sr. 64 Kaleb Merton ....................5-6.......225 ....Fr. 66 Edison Gatrell ...................5-11.....235 ....Soph. 68 Mike Shenton....................6-0.......255 ....Sr. 70 Joe Wells ..........................5-9.......210 ....Jr. 71 Ron Moore........................5-11.....230 ....Soph. 74 Logan Kranis ....................6-3.......250 ....Fr. 76 Dalton Champ...................5-7.......175 ....Sr. 77 Keith Orr ...........................6-2.......275 ....Sr. 78 Isaac Rosohac..................6-3.......230 ....Fr. 80 Solan Mueller....................5-6.......130 ....Fr. 80 Shane Theiss....................6-0.......165 ....Fr. 81 Skylar Fluharty .................5-9.......170 ....Sr. 82 Aaron Gray .......................6-2.......195 ....Soph. 83 Tyler Campbell ..................6-1.......180 ....Sr. 85 Taylor Edgell .....................5-7.......130 ....Fr. 86 Justin Cambell ..................5-7.......115 ....Soph. 87 Brandon Skeeles ..............5-4.......105 ....Soph. 99 Addison Sayre ..................5-10.....130 ....Jr.

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can to prepare.” “Any road in this area is going to be tough in the playoffs,” Foster said. “It’s kind of pick your poison. You either have to deal with Ursuline in Division V or Kirtland in Division VI.” Besides division expansion, the other big issue taken up by the OHSAA in the past year has been competitive balance. Private schools make up 17 percent of the OHSAA membership but have won more than 40 percent of the state titles, leading many school officials to call for some kind of change in the current structure. In May, a proposal that would have adjusted enrollment figures based on a team’s number of open enrollment players was defeated by 19 votes, the third time such a proposal has been struck down. “I think there is some validation to the argument that parochial schools be moved up,” Foster said. “I would have to see some of the proposals to comment any further, but when you look at the state championship games every year you see the majority of teams being private schools. It seems to me that there is some advantage there.” “I don’t think there should be any sort of separation between public and private schools,” Cusick said. “I could eventually see something happening along the lines of what’s been talked about with roster multipliers, but I don’t think it’s going to be in the near future.” Regardless of how they are affected by offseason change, the area coaches know their energy is best spent focusing on the football field. “Honestly, I would rather be in Division VI with everybody else in the league, but there is nothing we can do about our enrollment numbers,” United coach Mike Ward said. “We just have to take care of what we can control.”


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2012 FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

WEEK 15 STATE FINALS DIVISION I at Canton Fawcett Stadium Cincinnati Moeller 20, Toledo Whitmer 12 ——— DIVISION II at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Toledo Central Catholic 16, Trotwood-Madison 12 ——— DIVISION III at Canton Fawcett Stadium Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 42, Bellevue 21 ——— DIVISION IV at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Clarksville Clinton-Massie 46, St. Clairsville 36 ——— DIVISION V at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Coldwater 10, Kirtland 9 ——— DIVISION VI at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Maria Stein Marion Local 28, Newark Catholic 21 ——— WEEK 14 STATE SEMIFINALS DIVISION I Cincinnati Moeller 26, Pickerington North 21 Toledo Whitmer 62, Mentor 34 DIVISION II Toledo Cent. Cath. 20, Aurora 13 Trotwood-Madison 33, New Albany 32 DIVISION III Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 48, Dover 13 Bellevue 34, Dayton Thurgood Marshall 33 DIVISION IV Clarksville Clinton-Massie 45, Cols. Hartley 21 St. Clairsville 40, Creston Norwayne 27 DIVISION V Coldwater 38, Findlay Liberty-Benton 0 Kirtland 41, Baltimore Liberty Union 7 DIVISION VI Maria Stein Marion Local 34, McComb 28, 3OT Newark Cath. 38, Mogadore 21 ——— WEEK 13 REGIONAL FINALS DIVISION I Cin. Moeller 24, Cin. Colerain 21 Mentor 57, Cle. St. Ignatius 56, 3OT Pickerington N. 21, Hilliard Davidson 0 Tol. Whitmer 49, Massillon Washington 16 DIVISION II Aurora 34, Chardon 14 New Albany 32, Cols. Marion-Franklin 30 Tol. Cent. Cath. 42, Avon 14 Trotwood-Madison 42, Cin. Turpin 14 DIVISION III Akron St. V-M 34, Chagrin Falls 7 Bellevue 35, Napoleon 20 Day. Thurgood Marshall 60, Athens 21 Dover 48, Millersburg W. Holmes 21 DIVISION IV Clarksville Clinton-Massie 35, Milton-Union 7 Cols. Hartley 41, Ottawa-Glandorf 31 Creston Norwayne 49, Brookfield 28 St. Clairsville 37, Johnstown-Monroe 29 DIVISION V Baltimore Liberty Union 26, Lucasville Valley 14 Coldwater 20, Covington 0 Findlay Liberty-Benton 22, Hamler Patrick Henry 21

Kirtland 38, Youngstown Ursuline 37 DIVISION VI Maria Stein Marion Local 28, St. Henry 21 McComb 28, Delphos St. Johnás 21 Mogadore 42, Youngs. Christian 20 Newark Cath. 48, Danville 46 ——— WEEK 12 REGIONAL SEMIFINALS DIVISION I Cin. Colerain 35, Cin. Elder 34, OT Cin. Moeller 46, Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 20 Cle. St. Ignatius 56, N. Royalton 0 Hilliard Davidson 29, Lewis Center Olentangy 14 Massillon Washington 28, Can. McKinley 19 Mentor 63, Lakewood St. Edward 56 Pickerington N. 24, Hilliard Darby 14 Tol. Whitmer 39, Hudson 28 DIVISION II Aurora 27, Kent Roosevelt 13 Avon 24, Tiffin Columbian 14 Chardon 34, Chagrin Falls Kenston 15 Cin. Turpin 42, Franklin 14 Cols. Marion-Franklin 44, Canal Winchester 14 New Albany 42, Dresden Tri-Valley 35 Tol. Cent. Cath. 45, Mansfield Madison 7 Trotwood-Madison 27, Cin. Winton Woods 20, OT DIVISION III Akron St. V-M 54, Hubbard 14 Athens 36, Spring. Shawnee 35 Bellevue 28, Sandusky Perkins 27 Chagrin Falls 49, Ravenna 21 Day. Thurgood Marshall 68, Gallipolis Gallia 9 Dover 35, Poland Seminary 17 Millersburg W. Holmes 35, Steubenville 7 Napoleon 21, Bryan 20 DIVISION IV Aurora 27, Kent Roosevelt 13 Avon 24, Tiffin Columbian 14 Chardon 34, Chagrin Falls Kenston 15 Cin. Turpin 42, Franklin 14 Cols. Marion-Franklin 44, Canal Winchester 14 New Albany 42, Dresden Tri-Valley 35 Tol. Cent. Cath. 45, Mansfield Madison 7 Trotwood-Madison 27, Cin. Winton Woods 20, OT DIVISION V Baltimore Liberty Union 22, Oak Hill 21 Coldwater 41, W. Liberty-Salem 22 Covington 58, Cin. Summit Country Day 14 Findlay Liberty-Benton 24, Lima Cent. Cath. 17, OT Hamler Patrick Henry 56, Columbia Station Columbia 16 Kirtland 28, Columbiana Crestview 14 Lucasville Valley 21, Bucyrus Wynford 9 Youngs. Ursuline 44, Cuyahoga Hts. 15 DIVISION VI Danville 28, Zanesville Rosecrans 14 Delphos St. Johnás 54, Fremont St. Joseph 21 Maria Stein Marion Local 41, Minster 34 McComb 42, Tiffin Calvert 0 Mogadore 28, Berlin Center Western Reserve 7 Newark Cath. 20, Glouster Trimble 13 St. Henry 40, Ada 35 Youngs. Christian 25, Malvern 20 ——— WEEK 11 DIVISION I Can. McKinley 36, N. Can. Hoover 29 Cin. Colerain 35, Cin. St. Xavier 14 Cin. Elder 49, Cin. Sycamore 42 Cin. Moeller 43, Huber Hts. Wayne 21 Cle. St. Ignatius 35, Austintown Fitch 26 Hilliard Darby 31, Westerville S. 10

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Crestview quarterback Collin Gilbert follows Josh McDade’s block on Kirtland’s Eric Guhde in a Division V playoff game last season. Hilliard Davidson 17, Dublin Coffman 14 Hudson 38, Can. Glenoak 6 Lakewood St. Edward 55, Mayfield 27 Lewis Center Olentangy 21, Dublin Scioto 17 Liberty Twp. Lakota E. 45, Springboro 38 Massillon Washington 63, Macedonia Nordonia 34 Mentor 45, Warren Harding 35 N. Royalton 38, Willoughby S. 35 Pickerington N. 24, Pickerington Cent. 0 Tol. Whitmer 28, Avon Lake 0 DIVISION II Aurora 35, New Philadelphia 32 Avon 28, Perrysburg 11 Canal Winchester 21, Zanesville 16 Chagrin Falls Kenston 26, Tallmadge 23 Chardon 42, Warren Howland 16 Cin. Turpin 26, Tipp City Tippecanoe 3 Cin. Winton Woods 50, Trenton Edgewood 7 Cols. Marion-Franklin 46, Pataskala Licking Hts. 14 Dresden Tri-Valley 47, New Carlisle Tecumseh 29 Franklin 34, Cin. NW 28 Kent Roosevelt 24, Akr. Ellet 7 Mansfield Madison 14, Westlake 7 New Albany 25, Cols. Beechcroft 6 Tiffin Columbian 28, Mansfield Sr. 16 Tol. Cent. Cath. 50, Grafton Midview 7 Trotwood-Madison 48, Cin. Mt. Healthy 0 DIVISION III Akron St. V-M 49, Chardon NDCL 23 Athens 63, Circleville 28 Bellevue 19, Elida 14 Bryan 41, Cols. Watterson 24 Chagrin Falls 60, Peninsula Woodridge 28 Day. Thurgood Marshall 67, Circleville Logan Elm 22 Dover 27, Granville 24, OT Gallipolis Gallia 37, Cin. McNicholas 35 Hubbard 39, Niles McKinley 27 Millersburg W. Holmes 35, Wintersville Indian Creek 7 Napoleon 30, Caledonia River Valley 6 Poland Seminary 38, Alliance Marlington 0 Ravenna 13, Cle. Hay 12 Sandusky Perkins 42, Urbana 14 Spring. Shawnee 42, Kettering Alter 34 Steubenville 28, Zanesville Maysville 0 DIVISION IV Akr. Manchester 21, Gates Mills Hawken 14 Batavia 46, Cin. Hills Christian Academy 27 Brookfield 38, Ashtabula Edgewood 14

Clarksville Clinton-Massie 48, Cin. Madeira 7 Cols. Hartley 63, Upper Sandusky 19 Creston Norwayne 48, W. Salem NW 7 Genoa Area 42, Cols. Ready 14 Ironton 41, Bloom-Carroll 16 Johnstown-Monroe 24, Gnadenhutten Indian Valley 21 Milton-Union 46, Williamsport Westfall 14 Norwood 21, Middletown Fenwick 14 Ottawa-Glandorf 72, Lorain Clearview 0 Piketon 49, Minford 27 Richwood N. Union 40, Galion 21 St. Clairsville 41, Cadiz Harrison Cent. 6 Youngs. Liberty 48, Streetsboro 35 DIVISION V Baltimore Liberty Union 24, Wheelersburg 13 Bucyrus Wynford 24, Loudonville 0 Cin. Summit Country Day 35, N. Lewisburg Triad 27 Coldwater 42, Casstown Miami E. 7 Columbia Station Columbia 39, Archbold 34 Columbiana Crestview 51, Louisville Aquinas 50, OT Covington 55, New Lebanon Dixie 18 Cuyahoga Hts. 42, Bellaire 14 Findlay Liberty-Benton 16, Liberty Center 7 Hamler Patrick Henry 20, Northwood 19 Kirtland 49, Beverly Ft. Frye 7 Lima Cent. Cath. 42, Collins Western Reserve 14 Lucasville Valley 41, Coal Grove Dawson-Bryant 16 Oak Hill 29, Jeromesville Hillsdale 26 W. Liberty-Salem 28, Day. Christian 14 Youngs. Ursuline 64, Sugarcreek Garaway 48 DIVISION VI Ada 50, Waynesfield-Goshen 15 Berlin Center Western Reserve 19, Shadyside 18 Danville 30, Hannibal River 6 Delphos St. John’s 34, Leipsic 29 Fremont St. Joseph 27, Tol. Ottawa Hills 3 Glouster Trimble 41, N. Robinson Col. Crawford 6 Malvern 21, Fairport Harbor Harding 0 Maria Stein Marion Local 53, Bradford 27 McComb 14, Arlington 0 Minster 48, Lewisburg Tri-County N. 7 Mogadore 49, Steubenville Cath. Cent. 24 Newark Cath. 41, Fairfield Christian 14 St. Henry 45, Ft. Loramie 21 Tiffin Calvert 56, Norwalk St. Paul 27 Youngs. Christian 20, Warren JFK 14 Zanesville Rosecrans 26, Willow Wood Symmes Valley 3


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SALEM QUAKERS

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2013 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m., unless noted Aug. 30 Liberty Sept. 6 United Sept. 13 at East Liverpool, 7:30 Sept. 20 at Louisville Sept. 27 at Alliance Oct. 4 Minerva Oct. 11 at Marlington Oct. 18 at Carrollton Oct. 25 Canton South Nov. 1 West Branch

Members of the 2013 Salem football team are (front, from left) Marcus Crittenden, Nate Eisel, Blake Hochadel, Jake Bezon, Haedan Panezott, Thane Sevey, Matt Weingart, Matt Shrontz; (second row, from left) Dan Rumsey, Bret Ahearn, Daemin Robinson, Trace Jenkins, D.J. Pullie, Mike Popa, Kade Byland, Jesse Slocum; (third row, from left) Dylan Spencer, Logan Taylor, Eli Bricker, Cameron Turney, Ross Armeni, Josh Campbell, Tony Manicscalco, Tyler McCoy; (fourth row, from left) Shane Metzgar, Tyler Holenchick, Zach Cusick, Drew Wilson, Dan Baer, Logan Joy, Mike Ciotti, Gegore Hall; (fifth row, from left) Chase Perkins, Willie Wilson, Ken Blake, Nick Larson, Keaton Turney, Brendon Farkas, Ales Sosbe, Nick Blackburn; (sixth row, from left) Forrest Shaw, Anthony Barcey, Max Wolfgang, Caleb Quinn; (back, from left) coach Charlie Ellington, coach Greg DeCarlo, coach Steve Bosel, head coach Ron Johnson, coach Jason Lude, coach Mike DeBarr, coach Logan Wartman and coach Lynn Wafler.

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Division IV, Region II

2012 Record

0-10, including an 0-7 mark in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. The Quakers lost three games by eight points or less and played six teams with winning records. They have lost eight straight home games.

Head Coach

Ron Johnson enters his second season as head coach. He was head coach at Canton McKinley the previous four seasons, going 31-16 and making the playoffs all four years. He also was head coach at Yellow Springs (13-17), Westlake (16-24) and Middletown (1317). From 1991-2000, he was a running backs coach and assistant head coach at the University of Miami (Ohio).

Assistant coaches

Charlie Ellington, defensive coordinator

Lynn Wafler, defensive line Greg DeCarlo, linebackers Mike DeBarr, defensive backs Jason Lude, offensive line Steve Bosel, running backs Logan Wartman, wide receivers

Returning lettermen

Thirty-three, including nine starters on offense and seven starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple Spread.

Offensive outlook

The Quakers return nine starters, including quarterback Trace Jenkins who passed for 1,640 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore last year. “They have lot of confidence knowing what they’re doing,” Johnson said.

points in six games last season. “We want to play forward,” Johnson said. “We want to be physical and try to force the action. It’s a big emphasis this year.”

Returning offensive backs

Trace Jenkins (junior quarterback), Haedan Panezott (senior running back).

Incoming offensive backs

Matt Weingart (sophomore quarterback), Jake Bezon (junior running back).

Returning offensive ends

Marcus Crittenden (senior wide receiver), Blake Hochadel (junior wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

Basic defensive formation

Max Wolfgang (senior tight end), Dan Popa (senior wide receiver), Dan Rumsey (senior wide receiver), D.J. Pullie (sophomore wide receiver).

Defensive outlook

Returning offensive linemen

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Incoming offensive linemen

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Returning defensive linemen

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Incoming defensive linemen

Daemin Robinson (junior), Nick Blackburn (sophomore), Max Wolfgang (senior).

Returning linebackers

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Returning defensive backs

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Incoming defensive backs

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2012 Players honored

Logan Taylor, first-team All-Area. Jake Carver (graduated), second-team All-Area.

2012 Leaders

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Webb (graduated) 30; Trace Jenkins 26; Keaton O’Brien (graduated) 21. Tackles — Logan Taylor, 118. Interceptions — Mike Madison (graduated) 3.

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Members of the 2013 West Branch football team are (front, from left) Michael Trent, Kip DeShields, Michael Paff, Andrew Filp, Logan Sharp, Steve Sosnick, Jake Evanoff, Jacob Zinni, Logan Nagy; (second row, from left) Adam Wilke, Lance Thompson, Andrew Shutler, Bryce Butcher, Chuckie Ketler, Matt Blake, Jacob Jarvis, Jake Smith, Charles Cuthbertson, Corey Snyder; (third row, from left) Michael Edie, Jacob Fox, Mickey Ormiston, Jeremey Gorby, Zach Minich, Mason Hughes, Nick King, Justin Stowe, Austin R. Smith, Colton Ruggles, Trae Hillyer; (fourth row, from left) Matt Manley, Shawn Dickson, Logan Berger, Hunter Steele, Michael Page, Jake Koneval, Aarron Mohr, Austin T. Smith, Jeff Butcher, Daniel Laut, Tyler Goode; (back, from left) coach Ken Harris, coach Kike Stiles, coach Ryan Wolf, head coach D.J. Dota, coach Mike Sigler, coach Scott Manusakis and coach Chris Tucker.

West Branch defends NBC title Classification

Division IV, Region 11

2012 Record

6-4, including the Northeastern Buckeye Conference with a 6-1 mark. It was the Warriors’ first NBC title in 11 years. The losses were to Division V state runner-up Kirtland, New Philadelphia, Streetsboro and Canton South, which were a combined 42-11.

Head Coach

D.J. Dota enters his third season as head coach with a record of 10-10. He spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Warren Harding with a record of 23-17-1 and a Division I state playoff appearance in 2010. He was defensive coordinator at Warren Harding four years and at Struthers two years.

Assistant coaches

Mike Stiles, offensive coordinator, offensive line Chris Tucker, wide receivers, defensive backs Mike Sigler, quarterbacks, linebackers Ryan Wolf, wide receivers, defensive line Scott Manusakis, tight ends, defensive line

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Returning lettermen

Nine, including four starters on offense and four starters on defense.

Basic offensive formation Multiple.

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Offensive outlook

The Warriors scored at least 21 points in eight game last season, but gone is All-Ohio running back Brenden Wells, who set school records for most yards rushing in a career (3,747) and most touchdowns (44). “Offensively, we want to be a football team that establishes the run, has a physical presence and holds onto the ball,” Dota said.

Basic defensive formation Multiple 4-3.

2013 SCHEDULE All games start at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Crestwood Sept. 6 Crestview Sept. 13 at Niles Sept. 20 Marlington Sept. 27 at Canton South Oct. 4 Louisville Oct. 11 Carrollton Oct. 18 at Alliance Oct. 25 Minerva Nov. 1 at Salem

Incoming offensive backs

Defensive outlook

The Warriors gave up an average of 18.1 points per game in the NBC and 41.7 points against non-league foes last season. “We have only four starters back and that limits what we can do,” Dota said. “The number one thing on defense is we’ve got to be able to get off the blocks and wrap up the tackle.”

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Returning offensive ends

Kip DeShields (junior wide receiver).

Incoming offensive ends

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Returning defensive linemen

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ed) 1,432 yards and 10 touchdowns and 226 carries (6.3); Troy James (graduated) 641 yards and 13 touchdowns on 142 carreis; Logan Nagy, 296 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries (4.1); Bo Utley (graduated) 201 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries (6.5). Passing — Troy James (graduated) completed 46 of 100 passes for 622 yards and six touchdowns. Receiving — Kip DeShields, 16 catches for 306 yards (19.1) and four touchdowns; Tyler Pidgeon (graduated) 15 catches for 113 yards (7.5). Scoring — Troy James (graduated) 80 points; Brenden Wells (graduated) 78; Brock Trimmer (graduated) 42. Tackles — Bo Utley (graduated) a school-record 127; Zach Ruggles (graduated) 81 1/2; Brandon Woolf (graduated) 68; Mason Hughes 60.

2013 Outlook

The Warriors are coming off their

“I hope we’re one of those people who is on top of the league. We’ve been there now and know how to do it.” D.J. DOTA, WEST BRANCH COACH

first winning season in four years. They have a lot of holes to fill as they graduated eight three- and four-year lettermen. “We lost a lot of starters,” Dota said. “The thing we’ve had the first two years we’ve been here is we had a lot of guys with game experience and now we don’t. You can’t replace that.” The Warriors do return some size up front on the line. “We must believe in the system and each other before anything is possible,” Dota said. West Branch lost its three non-league games to open the season before winning six of seven in the NBC. The

West Branch Warriors 2 Charles Cuthbertson ..........5-10 .....142.....Jr. 3 Daniel Laut .........................5-4 .......120.....Soph. 4 Matt Manley ........................5-4 .......143.....Soph. 5 Trae Hillyer..........................5-7 .......137.....Soph. 6 Kip DeShields .....................6-3 .......160.....Jr. 8 Hunter Steele......................5-6 .......141.....Soph. 9 Jacob Jarvis........................5-11 .....150.....Jr. 10 Austin T. Smith ....................5-6 .......146.....Soph. 11 Bryce Butcher .....................5-11 .....140.....Jr. 13 Jake Evanoff .......................5-11 .....150.....Sr. 14 Austin R. Smith ...................6-0 .......145.....Soph. 16 Corey Snyder......................5-10 .....160.....Jr. 20 Shawn Dickson ...................5-4 .......127.....Soph. 21 Michael Edie .......................5-10 .....149.....Soph. 22 Andrew Shutler ...................5-10 .....144.....Jr. 24 Logan Berger ......................5-6 .......133.....Soph. 26 Lance Thompson ................5-11 .....185.....Jr. 28 Logan Nagy ........................6-0 .......178.....Jr. 29 Jeff Butcher.........................5-5 .......175.....Soph. 33 Jake Smith ..........................5-10 .....180.....Jr. 34 Justin Stowe........................6-0 .......175.....Soph.

Warriors were 3-2 in games decided by eight points or less. “I hope we’re one of those people who is on top of the league,” Dota said. “We’ve been there now and know how

40 Tyler Goode.........................5-2 .......150.....Soph. 43 Aarron Mohr........................5-6 .......199.....Soph. 44 Mason Hughes....................5-9 .......177.....Jr. 50 Adam Wilke.........................5-10 .....189.....Jr. 52 Nick King.............................5-7 .......190.....Jr. 56 Andrew Filp.........................6-1 .......295.....Sr. 58 Steve Sosnick .....................6-0 .......260.....Sr. 60 Chuckie Ketler.....................6-1 .......237.....Jr. 61 Michael Trent.......................6-2 .......208.....Jr. 62 Colton Ruggles ...................5-10 .....221.....Soph. 63 Jake Koneval.......................5-9 .......168.....Soph. 66 Michael Pfaff .......................5-11 .....268.....Sr. 70 Matt Blake...........................5-11 .....280.....Jr. 72 Mickey Ormiston .................6-1 .......184.....Soph. 73 Michael Page ......................5-7 .......216.....Soph. 75 Jacob Fox ...........................6-0 .......241.....Soph. 77 Jacob Zinni .........................6-3 .......294.....Jr. 79 Logan Sharp .......................6-3 .......266.....Sr. 81 Charles Cuthbertson...........5-10 .....142.....Jr. 84 Jeremey Gorby ...................6-3 .......220.....Soph. 88 Zach Minich ........................5-9 .......145.....Jr.

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