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2015 OHC Football Picks
It's on to Week 6 of high school football, it's hard to believe but the season is more than half over. A lot is on the line in this week's match-ups, including a game with potentially huge league championship and playoff implications.
This week, our experts will again be picking 4 non-conference games. Those games can be found at the bottom of the page. Good luck to all of the OHC teams this week; play hard, sportsmanlike and safely. Go OHC!
Cedarville (1-4) @ Triad (1-4): Cedarville fell to Southeastern 33-0 last week. Triad fell to Mechanicsburg 48-8. The Indians are having a rough season. We've talked about their inexperience and low numbers all season long so there is no point in going more in depth on it. The fact is, there are a lot of seniors on this team and many are still just learning to play this game. The offense hasn't been able to find any consistency and while the defense is better than people give them credit for, they have been on the field way too often this year. Triad is the best 1-4 team, probably in all of Division 6. The Cardinals have had a tough schedule and it is now their time to shine. McIntyre remains one of the top players in the OHC and he and the Cardinals will see the wins start to pile up. While the Cardinals defense will give up points, if they can limit turnovers, the Cardinal offense could help this team run the table. I am picking Triad by a wide margin on Friday. PICK: Triad 40, Cedarville 14
Southeastern (2-3) @ Northeastern (0-5): Southeastern shutout Cedarville 33-0 last week. Northeastern was defeated by Catholic Central 35-7. The Trojans have won two straight games and seem to be finding their groove. They weren't given much of a thought at the beginning of the season, but all of a sudden they are tied for first in the OHC and could be one of two teams to be 3-0 in the conference after this week. The defense has really stepped up and the offense is starting to click. Northeastern looked like they were going to have the upset of the year 2 weeks ago against West Liberty-Salem, causing most people in the high school football community to think they were coming around and even win last week. Unfortunately the Jets took a step backwards. Northeastern has been missing a lot of starters over the last few weeks and as those kids come back, the team will continue to get better. I look for the Jets to come out fired up at home on Friday and pick up their first win of the season in what should be a dandy of a game. PICK: Northeastern 28, Southeastern 24
Greeneview (3-2) @ Catholic Central (3-2): Greeneview lost to West Liberty-Salem 52-31 last week. Catholic Central rolled past Northeastern 35-7. Greeneview's offense was electric last week, the defense didn't fair so well. The Rams have found a solid rushing attack to accent a strong passing game. Give Greeneview credit, WL-S has arguably the best offense in the conference and there may not be a team slow it down all season. The Rams showed a lot of resilience in their loss and wouldn't go away. Keep in mind, the Rams are still a fairly young team. They know that if the playoffs are in their future for the 2nd straight season, they likely need to win out. Speaking of young teams, how about the Irish? Everyone knew they would be better, and everyone knew they would end the "winless" streak. But not many would have said "3-2" heading into Week 6. Catholic Central ROLLED Northeastern a week ago. The offense was balanced and strong. The defense was even better. The Irish are the most underrated team in the OHC this season and the winning isn't finished. Unfortunately, I believe this week they hit a speed bump at home and fall to the Rams. PICK: Greeneview 24, Catholic Central 14
Mechanicsburg (5-0) @ West Liberty-Salem (4-1): Mechanicsburg rolled past Triad 48-8. West Liberty-Salem got past Greeneview 52-31. Mechanicsburg has given up just 28 points in their first 5 games, and 2 of those 4 touchdowns were after the varsity defense took a seat to the JV defense. The Indians have also scored 2 defensive touchdowns. Doing the math, Mechanicsburg's defense has given up as many points as they have scored. W-O-W...wow! The offense has been equally as spectacular. Behind the most athletic quarterback/player in the conference (Kaleb Romer) and a strong running back in Phillip Cook, the Indians have slashed opposing defenses. West Liberty-Salem is arguably the most balanced and talented offense in the league. The only thing that has slowed down the Tiger offense all season has been...the Tiger offense (turnovers/penalties). On the other side of the ball, WL-S has not been as impressive. The Tiger defense is giving up 28.8 points per game and has allowed 30+ points in 4 of their 5 games. That will be a problem against a team as good as Mechanicsburg. The Indians and the Tigers have each won 7 games over their last 14 meetings. In their last 3 regular season meetings, the away team has slipped away with the win. Not only have these 2 schools been the best teams in the OHC since the league was formed in 2001, they're a huge rivalry and the two communities really don't like each other. This is the 51st meeting between these 2 bitter rivals, Mechanicsburg leads the all-time series 27-24. When Mechanicsburg and WL-S meet up, both teams seem to play their best football and leave it on the line. Many will not agree with me, but I think this game will be a barn burner and it will be the battle tested Tigers who come out on top. PICK: West Liberty-Salem 40, Mechanicsburg 38 - OT
2015 PICK'EM STANDINGS:
Matt Hull 29-7
NON OHC GAME PICKS:
OHC PICKS FROM OTHER MEDIA SOURCES:
Southeastern @ Northeastern:
Cedarville @ Triad:
Greeneview @ Catholic Central:
Mechanicsburg @ West Liberty-Salem:
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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