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We begin with a team loaded with Big 22 talent. Hubbard has a new quarterback in Brennan Wassil, an all-league target in Darnell Tate, a division recruit on the line in Matt Jones, and a Big 22 veteran and player of the year contender in running back LJ Scott.
United quarterback Garrett Beech is also a returning winner, along with Ursuline qb and Michigan State recruit Chris Durkin.
Look for a bevy of good backs this year like Poland senior Ross Gould, Campbell all-stater Adrien Brown, Champion’s thousand yard rusher Mike Cyrus, Boardman’s speeder Turel Thompson, and Austintown Fitch’s D-1 prospect Darrin Hall.
Warren Harding has wealth of talent again this season. Lamar Carmichael will lead the way with John “Buddha” Coleman in the backfield, and 6-4 lineman James Daniels upfront.
Niles has their own big time big man in West Virginia recruit Josh Krok, while Ursuline will lean on senior Sha’haun Williams.
Look for lots of playmakers in the ITCL, like Southern quarterback Jared Shilot, Wellsville rusher Marcus Moxley, Western Reserve qb Nick Allison, and Crestview’s duo of Collin Gilbert behind center and Josh McDade in the trenches.
Youngstown Christian will make another playoff run with Kentucky recruit Tymere Dubose upfront, and the elusive Darien Townsend making plays.
Over in Western PA, Malik Hooker will play one more year for New Castle before joining the Buckeyes next fall, and expect big things from Lakeview with Sam Breese blocking and Blake Reddick running.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg in Mercer County, with Farrell’s game changer Dewayne Burns, 6-3 qb Trey Staunch from West Middlesex, Hickory sophomore wideout Andrew Pryts, and Grove City’s four-year starter Foster Reznor.