Urbana looks to claim fifth-straight Mad River Division title; Indian Lake, Northwestern look to threaten.
URBANA — The Urbana Hillclimbers have won 19 conference games in a row and don’t want the streak to end this season. Urbana returns plenty on both sides of the ball for the streak to continue.
Senior quarterback Nathan Mays returns to leads the Hillclimbers for a fourth year. He’s already thrown for over 7,000 passing yards in his previous three seasons as a starter. Mays threw for 3,071 yards and 32 touchdowns last year.
Heavyweights Tippecanoe, Shawnee lose key pieces to graduation; Bellefontaine, Kenton Ridge return most starters.
SPRINGFIELD — Could 2014 be the year of the Cougar in the CBC Kenton Trail Division?
Kenton Ridge hopes to use its returning starters to its advantage this season. The Cougars, along with Bellefontaine, lead the Kenton Trail in returning starters from last season. Tippecanoe and Shawnee — the top two finishers in the conference, respectively, last season — lose key pieces to graduation.
Record-setting senior quarterback returns and will try to add to his 7,062 career passing yards.
URBANA — Urbana High School’s Nathan Mays has started every game of his career from the first game of his freshman year and has never looked back. The senior has set numerous passing records at Urbana. But it’s what Mays hasn’t done that is motivating him heading into 2014. He wants to make a run in the playoffs.
“I just want this season to be memorable,” Mays said after an Urbana practice last Thursday. “Everything has culminated to this year. I guess I’m just reaching for the stars and do the best job that I can, and want as great as success as possible.”
Urbana traveled to Troy for a 7-on-7 scrimmage on Thursday night. Both teams, along with all other teams throughout the state, begin regular practice on Aug. 1.
Northmont held its annual 7-on-7 tournament on Saturday. Pictures are from games between Springboro and Butler, Northmont and Butler, and Catholic Central and Centerville (Ind.).
Two of GWOC’s top linebackers return in Bryce Jenkinson and Guy Victoria.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Billing will preview some of the best returning Miami Valley area football players in July. This second edition covers the best returning linebackers in the Dayton area.
Guy Victoria had a total of 23 tackles for Springfield in games against Wayne in 2012 and 2013. This season, Victoria will tackle players playing for — and not against — Wayne.
Dayton hosted its annual 7-on-7 passing camp on Friday. Sixteen teams played in the camp. Photos are from a scrimmage between Coldwater and Northeastern and another scrimmage between Piqua and Springfield.
Quarterbacks Saalih Muhammad and Nick McCaughey split time at UD 7-on-7.
DAYTON — New Springfield High School head football coach Maurice Douglass never had the pleasure of coaching the late Jeff Wellington between the lines.
Douglass is in his first season at the helm of Springfield’s program. Wellington was murdered last Easter Sunday. He would have been a senior and a key contributor on offense and special teams this upcoming season for the Wildcats.
However, the legacy of the late young man continues in the minds of many Wildcats, including Douglass. Wellington’s memory is the mantra of the 2014 version of the Wildcats’ football team: “Strive for Five.” Wellington wore number five last season.
Alter’s Kraig Howe, Jefferson’s Lamont Ragland headline returning Dayton area defensive lineman.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Billing will preview some of the best returning Miami Valley area football players in July. This first edition covers the best returning defensive lineman in the Dayton area.
One of the Dayton area’s smallest schools has one of the area’s biggest prospects at defensive lineman.
Lamont Ragland of Jefferson has an offer from Michigan and interest from several other schools according to Scout.com. The senior had 74 tackles and 4.5 sacks last season in Jefferson’s 4-6 campaign. He was first team Southwest District in Division VII last season.
Springfield graduate Dorian Hunter named game’s best linebacker.
DAYTON — The North team’s first touchdown in the MVFCA All-Star game last night at Welcome Stadium was a sight Northmont fans are familiar with.
Graham Oberer threw a 50-yard pass to Cameron Taylor in the second quarter to put the North on the scoreboard. The two Northmont graduates connected 11 times on touchdown passes last season for the Thunderbolts.
“I’ve got that good quarterback in Graham, and we’ve got that good connection,” Taylor said. “We kind of had a good feeling coming into the game. We just came in here ready to play.”