High School Football “Teams to Watch” – Divisions One and Two

By: Jason Gibbs

DIVISION ONE

1. Glenville Tarblooders

Glenville Quarter Back Cardale Jones

Glenville doesn’t re-build, they just re-load. The Tarblooders senior class is one of the tops in the area, featuring QB Cardale Jones (2,000 yards passing/500 yards rushing) and strong offensive and defensive lines.

2. Canton McKinley Bulldogs

McKinley returns eight starters on offense and six on defense. DE Steve Miller (Ohio State recruit) leads an aggressive defense, while the offense is led by Kyle Ohradzansky (three year starter at QB) and Elijah Farrakhan who rushed for 800 yards as a junior last season.

3. Mentor Cardinals

The Cardinals have re-tooled and look out. Mentor’s offense will revolve around the two-headed monster in the backfield featuring third team All-Ohio RB Mike Korecz and Ricky Hanzlik. On defense the Cardinals are led by Junior DE Tom Strobel, considered one of Ohio’s best 2012 prospects.

DIVISION TWO

1. Maple Heights Mustangs

The Mustangs are loaded again this season and are primed to make a run at a State Championship. Cincinnati recruit Shaq Washington (QB) is one of the top players in the state, having thrown for 2,510 yards and 28 TD’s while rushing for 1,784 yards and 21 TD’s a year ago. Washington isn’t the only weapon though. His three wide receivers are all ranked among the top 30 at their positions in the state.

2. Lake Catholic Cougars

The Cougars return 16 starters including 10 players who earned all-district honors and six All-Ohio players from last year’s state semi-final run. The stacked defense will be the centerpiece of the Cougars and is led by LB Joe Ribiero who was the co-defensive player of the year in Ohio last year.

3. Avon Eagles

Two years ago the Eagles went 12-1. Last year they went 6-4 and still almost made the playoffs in a re-building season. This year Avon returns 17 starters, but the Eagles will need to figure out their QB situation in order to challenge for a state title.

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