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2015 OHC Football Picks
It's Week 2 of high school football already! Here are our picks for this week's slate of OHC games:
Catholic Central (1-0) @ Graham (0-1): Catholic Central scored just 65 points all of last season. Last Friday the Irish scored 68 points, in one game. Catholic Central looks to carry over their momentum from last week when they travel to St. Paris to take on Graham on Friday night. The Irish, still the youngest team in the OHC, were led by Junior QB Cossy Catanzaro who combined for over 225 yards and 6 touchdowns. Graham is coming off of 56-0 loss at the hands of Tippecanoe. The Falcons won this game 6-0 last year, but the Irish are a totally different team and now have some confidence. Catholic Central hasn't started a season 2-0 since their undefeated season in 2007. They will break that streak as well (last week's win snapped a 20 loss streak) on Friday night. PICK: Catholic Central 34, Graham 21
Cedarville (0-1) @ Cincinnati Christian (0-1): The Indians were one of four OHC teams who couldn't find the end-zone last Friday night. Cedarville will look to bounce back against a Cincinnati Christian team that also didn't score in a 52-0 loss to Cincinnati College Prep. The good news is, someone will score some points on Friday. Last year, it was the Indians who snagged the win (bouncing back from a week 1 loss to Madison Plains again a year ago). The Indians rolled 20-0 in that game. While both teams are not what they were a season ago, the Indians have much more talent and should be able to take care of business on Friday night. A win on Friday will be a good morale booster for Cedarville, and they will get just that. PICK: Cedarville 21, Cincinnati Christian 13
Greeneview (1-0) @ Madison Plains (1-0): Remember when no one thought Greeneview could win a week ago? The Rams made a statement to the OHC and the state of Ohio by knocking off one of the top rated D5 schools in the state, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, 35-28. The Rams were led by tight end Ethan Bradds who proved last week he would be hard to stop all season. Madison Plains overwhelmed Cedarville 40-0 and also looks to be improved from a season ago. Greeneview won this game 76-20 a season ago, the Rams' highest single game point total of 2014. Look for the Rams to score often again on Friday en-route their second win of the season. PICK: Greeneview 42, Madision Plains 21
Fairbanks (0-1) @ Mechanicsburg (1-0): Mechanicsburg showed why they are a favorite to win the OHC crown last week when they steamrolled 43-8 over West Jefferson. After falling behind 8-0, the Indians clicked on a cylinders and rattled off 43 points, while not allowing another touchdown. Fairbanks struggled early in their game against Ben Logan and ended up losing big, 60-27. Mechanicsburg won this game 48-0 a season ago and the Indians are just as good as they were a year ago. Fairbanks on the other hand, is not as strong as they were a season ago. Look for the Indians to win again this year, and win big again. PICK: Mechanicsburg 49, Fairbanks 7
Northeastern (0-1) @ Northwestern (1-0): Northeastern couldn't get things going against a good Kenton Ridge last Friday, losing 40-0. Northwestern, on the other hand, shutout Southeastern 34-0. The Jets have a new staff and had high hopes going into last week's game, but they shouldn't let that outcome discourage them. Northeastern has a lot of talent and will look bounce back. Northwestern is much improved from a season ago, and return one of the CBC's top quarterbacks. The Jets secondary will need to be on their "A-game" on Friday night. Northeastern won this game 35-19 a season ago and could very well come out with another win on Friday. However, we feel that Northwestern has just too much returning and gets redemption. PICK: Northwestern 34, Northeastern 26
Northridge (1-0) @ Southeastern (0-1): The Trojans youth showed last Friday during a 34-0 loss to Northwestern. Southeastern will continue to improve each week and hopes to bounce back against a Northridge team they nearly beat a season ago (lost 21-17). Northridge on the other hand won their first game, edging Bethel 28-27. We don't know a lot about Northridge, but we do know that they appear to be a much improved team. This is the type of game we feel could go either way, especially with it being the home opener for the Trojans. However, the inexperience of the Trojans is something we feel will be just a touch too much to look past and the Polar Bears eek out a win. PICK: Northridge 20, Southeastern 19
North Union (1-0) @ Triad (0-1): Triad will look to bounce back after a lopsided 41-0 loss at the hands of Indian Lake a week ago. To Triad's credit, Indian Lake is much improved and several Cardinal drives sputtered out in Laker territory. In that game, Trent McIntyre didn't ever look comfortable, being sacked 5 times and throwing 4 interceptions. It is a safe bet to say that McIntyre will not have another game like that, nor will the Cardinals. The bad news is, it doesn't get any easier this week for Triad. North Union edged Cardington Lincoln 21-14 a week ago. The Wildcats are a power force each year in small school Ohio football. North Union won this game 46-0 a season ago. Triad will play better than they did last year, and better than they did last week. Unfortunately, we don't think it will be quite enough. PICK: North Union 35, Triad 21
West Liberty-Salem (0-1) @ Benjamin Logan (1-0): Friday's game between WL-S and Ben Logan pits 2 offenses against each other that were barely slowed down a week ago. The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a tough 37-31 loss against a very good Valley View team. WL-S outgained the Spartans by over 100 yards, and had twice as many first downs as Valley View (24-12). However, they allowed an opening kick-off return for a TD, had their first offensive play intercept and returned deep into their own territory and fumbled their next possession on their side of the 50 to allow Valley View a quick 21-0 lead. Any team that sees 0-1 and thinks WL-S is not still a power house is mistaken. Ben Logan was dominate in their win over Fairbanks, 60-27. The Raiders threw the ball well, got up big early and never looked back. Ben Logan is a much better team than a season ago, when they fell to the Tigers 46-7. The bad news for the Raiders is that their quarterback is suspended for this game. The other bad news, the Tigers will have a huge chip on their shoulder after losing a week ago. PICK: West Liberty-Salem 45, Ben Logan 14
2015 PICK'EM STANDINGS:
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2015 OHC Preview & Predictions
Catholic Central: Catholic Central will return just about every starter from last season’s 0-10 team. The programs is beginning to grow again and their return to success is getting closer. Coach Steve DeWitt’s squad will still be young, but they have some important experience this year and that will result in some victories. 2015 Prediction: 3-7 (miss playoffs)
Cedarville: Only 21 players are listed on the preseason roster for the Indians this year, and several of them have never played football. Jacob Gannon is one of those newcomers, and he will be handed starting quarterback duties this season. Offensively the Indians took a big hit by losing star running back Caleb Coe. Mitchell Delp will take over as the feature back in Cedarville’s offense this season. The strength for the Indians in 2015 will be their line, where they return 3 starters. In the Springfield News-Sun head coach Jason Christian stated that linebacker Kosi Al Hasan (another first year player, despite being a senior) is “probably the best athlete on the team.” The key to the Indians 2015 success, with such a small roster, will be staying healthy. The second key will be to see how fast the team can learn the game. 2015 Prediction: 3-7 (miss playoffs)
Greeneview: The Rams will be looking to fill some big voids this season after the most successful season in school history. The biggest shoes to fill will be those of quarterback Chance Frye who stood out from a very talented senior class that graduated a year ago. Junior Collin Matt will take over the quarterback reins with his top target being his 6’6” tight end Ethan Bradds. Bradds was listed as a DV Honorable Mention TE in the JJHuddle Preseason Ohio Football Team. Offensive/defensive lineman Caleb Green will be the anchor for the Rams in 2015. Green is the only returning starter on a young, inexperienced defense. While Greeneview will be inexperienced this season, there is still ample talent on the roster. The Rams may start off a little slow being so young, but by the end of the year they should be one of the better teams in the OHC. 2015 Prediction: 6-4 (miss playoffs)
Mechanicsburg: Mechanicsburg all-time leading rusher Aeryton Erwin has graduated. While his shoes will be impossible to fill, the Indians will likely not miss a beat in 2015. 2014 OHC Football Website Player of the Year, and star dual-threat quarterback Kaleb Romero returns in 2015 along with 5 other offensive starters and 6 defensive starters. The Junior quarterback is strong, fast and, per reports, his arm is stronger and more accurate than ever. An article in “Press Pros Magazine” states that “pound for pound Kaleb Romero has to be the best athlete in the state.” There aren’t too many athletes in the history of the OHC who have had that written about them. After a tough loss, a game many Indian fans still feel was a win, to Minster in the playoffs last year…the Indians will have a chip on their shoulder every week. Add a solid line and what Coach Kurt Forrest called in the Springfield News-Sun as “the best we’ve ever had at the skill positions,” there is no doubt that the 2015 Mechanicsburg Indians will be a force to be reckoned with. 2015 Prediction: 9-1 (Division 6, Region 22 Playoff Qualifier)
Northeastern: Northeastern fans were ready for change and new blood, and this year their wishes have come true. Tim Houseman, a 1990 Northeastern graduate, has taken the head coaching spot for the Jets trying to rejuvenate a program that has won just 6 games over the course of the last 2 season. The Jets lost quite a few of their starters from a season ago, but with new energy and blood leading the way, this team should show a lot of fight. Northeastern has the biggest pool of kids to pull in football players from, and the roster should be larger than in years past too. Houseman and Co. will have their shares of ups and downs this season, but in the end it should be better than the last 2 seasons. 2015 Prediction: 5-5 (miss playoffs)
Southeastern: Southeastern won 2 games a season ago. The smallest school in the OHC will likely struggle again this year. Head Coach Greg Bonifay will look for some younger players to step-up in 2015. The Trojans last 4 games are against Triad, Greeneview, West Liberty-Salem and Mechanicsburg; so Southeastern will need to be ready to go early as it is the easiest part of their schedule. 2015 Prediction: 1-9 (miss playoffs)
Triad: Star quarterback Trent McIntyre is back this season at full strength; after missing time with various arm, leg and knee injuries over the past few years in both baseball and football. McIntyre accounted for 27 touchdowns and had nine interceptions on defense as a sophomore before missing most of last season. If he can stay healthy, McIntyre is potentially the best dual threat quarterback and defensive back in the conference. For the 2nd straight season, Triad will be low on total numbers…but not on talent. Nearly every player for the Cardinals this year will be a 2-way starter. The Cardinals should be very dangerous on offense, but the defense will be young and inexperienced. As with any team with dwindling numbers, health is the key to the Cardinals success in 2015. The Cardinals are looking to make the playoffs for the 4th season in a row. The bad news is, the Cardinals moved up to division this season, which makes the margin for error in making the playoffs much slimmer than it was in Division 7. 2015 Prediction: 7-3 (miss playoffs)
West Liberty-Salem: The Tigers have made the playoffs in 9 of the last 11 seasons and there is nothing that leads anyone to believe they won’t make it 10 out of 12 in 2015. The Tigers return JJHuddle 2015 Division VI Ohio Preseason Football 2nd Team quarterback in Brandon Upton. Upton threw for 2,458 and 28 touchdowns as a Junior and is well on his way to being West Liberty-Salem’s all-time leading passer. Joining Upton in the backfield is shifty running back Trevor Anderson who rushed for 1,342 yards and 20 touchdowns a season ago. The Tigers also have the largest and most experience line back this season. While there are some holes to fill, especially at the receiver position, the 2015 Tigers are set-up for another great season and playoff run. While their non-conference schedule is the toughest of any team in the OHC (Valley View, @Ben Logan, @Kenton Ridge) and the Tigers only have 4 home games this year; there is no doubt if this is the one team in the conference who can handle it. 2015 Prediction: 9-1 (Division 6, Region 22 Playoff Qualifier)
All OHC Football Teams Announced
The 2014 All Ohio Heritage Conference football team was announced this week. Senior Greeneview Quarterback Chance Frye was voted the OHC player of the year by participating coaches. Congrats to everyone who made the list. For the full All-OHC football list, including 2nd team and honorable mention, click here.
Thomas Kavanagh, Catholic Central
2014 OHC Website Player of the Year
Congratulations to the 2014 OHC Football Website Player of the Year, Kaleb Romero of Mechanicsburg. Romero, a Sophomore, becomes the 8th MVP in this websites history and the third player from Mechanicsburg to take the award. Romero was excellent in 2014, leading Mechanicsbug to a second consecutive 8-2 record, a share of the OHC championship and a playoff berth. Romero combined for 2,372 offensive yard and 24 touchdowns (1,141 passing yards, 13 passing TDs / 1,231 rushing yards, 11 rushing TDs). Romero finished the regular season 3rd in the OHC in passing and 3rd in rushing. Romero was also excellent on defense, where he accumulated 71 total tackles.
This award is voted on in a three step process; a poll, Facebook vote and a Twitter vote. Romero was the clear winner this season, finishing 1st in the 2 social media votes and 2nd in the poll vote. In all, 1,154 votes were cast. Romero had 348 total votes (30.2% of the total vote) to take the crown, 129 votes more than the runner-up.
2nd Place: Chance Frye, Greeneview (219 votes - 19.0%)
3rd Place: Aeryton Erwin, Mechanicsburg (178 votes - 15.4%)
4th Place: Trevor Anderson, WL-Salem (176 votes - 15.3%)
5th Place: Klay Partin, Greeneview (138 votes - 12.0%)
6th Place: Brandon Upton, WL-Salem (95 votes - 8.2%)
The Best OHC Teams of All-Time
We recently counted down the Top 10 OHC Football teams of all-time based on a formula designed by our expert. Below is a list of the rankings. To see a full list and description of each team and why they are ranked where click here: Top 10 OHC Times of All-Time
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