High School Football Notes
As we’ve passed mid-July and begin our trek to August, football season is almost upon us. In this section, we’ll take a look at a few compelling stories which await us in 2015.
Returning Big 22 Recipients
Lynn Bowden, Warren Harding
…Bowden, now a junior, accumulated over 2500 yards from scrimmage a year ago while scoring 36 total touchdowns at Liberty.
Mitch Davidson, Columbiana
…Davidson is now a junior after tossing for 2210 yards and running for another 906 in 2014 (37 total TDS).
George Hill, Hubbard
…As a junior, Hill ran for an average of 11.1 yards per carry (100 carries, 1106 yards) and scored 13 times on the ground while sharing the load with current-Michigan State Spartan – L.J. Scott.
Keemari Murry, Warren Harding
…In 2014, Murry gained 1178 yards on the ground while scoring 10 times and compiling an average of 6.7 yards per tote.
Andrew Pryts, Hickory
…Pryts snagged 47 passes while amassing 697 yards through the air. He finished the season with 62 tackles, 3 interceptions on defense as he scored 14 total touchdowns.
Realignment in the ITCL and the AAC
…During the league’s first four seasons (2008-2011), the AAC had their three division alignment – Red, White & Blue. Then in 2012, with the inclusion of Jefferson, the league was set up with two divisions – American and National. This season, the All-American Conference will have four divisions.
Gold Division: Boardman, Fitch, Lakeside, Harding
Red Division: Canfield, East, Howland, Niles, Poland
White Division: Edgewood, Hubbard, Jefferson, Lakeview, Niles, Poland, Struthers
Blue Division: Brookfield, Campbell, Champion, Girard, LaBrae, Liberty, Newton Falls.
Inter-Tri County League
…There’s been mixed reviews this off-season regarding the tri-ITCL divisional arrangement.
Red Division: Crestview, East Palestine, South Range, Springfield, United
White Division: Columbiana, Leetonia, Lisbon, Southern, Wellsville
Blue Division: Jackson-Milton, Lowellville, McDonald, Mineral Ridge, Sebring, Western Reserve
North Coast League’s White Tier
…Valley Christian enters the NCL in 2015 as they’ll join Cleveland Central Catholic, Villa Angela-St. Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity and Warren JFK. Holy Name left the league following last season.
Ledgemont leaves the Northeastern Athletic Conference
…With the Redskins out, the NAC is left with Grand Valley, Mathews, Newbury, Pymatuning Valley, Southington and Windham.
Expect rivalry games in the playoffs?
…In 2015, regions have been shuffled leaving rivalries like Western Reserve & McDonald in the same region (VI) as well as Ursuline and Mooney (V).
Playoff Positioning & Achievements
…The area schools in Ohio produced 14 teams who advanced to the post-season; however, none of which were able to reach the final four. In the PIAA, both Sharpsville and Hickory both advanced to the Western Final. Among our area schools (Ohio/Pennsylvania), 9 teams achieved a 10-win season which marks the sixth time in the last ten years that feat has been accomplished in a single season (9 in 2014, 10 in 2013, 9 in 2010, 14 in 2009, 9 in 2007, 9 in 2005).
The All-American Conference has seen at least 4 of its’ teams advance to week eleven in each year since the league was formed in 2008. In seven years, the conference has sent 38 teams (average of 5.4 per season).
In 9 years, the Inter-Tri County League has had 44 teams move on to playoff competition.
The Northeastern Buckeye Conference has struggled as of late to send multiple teams to the playoffs. Over the past four years, the NBC has had just one season with more than one program advance to the playoffs (2013: 2). The league supplied the post-season with multiple teams in eleven straight years (2000-2010).
…Louisville holds the distinction of posting the most wins in a row against one league in the area. The Leopards have won 14 straight Northeastern Buckeye Conference games. They’re followed by Hubbard (12), McDonald (8), Liberty (8), and Mathews (7) in their respective divisions.
Leetonia – Hadi Hadi
Liberty – Chet Allen
Newton Falls – Josh Franke
Southern – Rich Wright
Southington – Bill Bohren
United – Michael Demster
Wellsville – Derrick Spann