SPRINGFIELD SOPH QB TE'SEAN SMOOT LOOKS TO LEAD THE WILDCATS

The second season starts Friday night as the 2019 OHSAA Playoffs get underway. We look at the matchups in Division I Region 2 as three teams from Southwest Ohio take center stage.

A restructured Region 2 will see three teams from the Greater Western Ohio Conference this year including top seed Springfield, looking like a team with the ability to come out of the region.

Here is a look at each game.

#8 MARYSVILLE (6-4) @ #1 SPRINGFIELD (9-1)

The Monarchs of Marysville will have a tough test ahead of them if they want to advance to the second round. Coming in with a 6-4 record, Marysville didn’t beat a single team with a winning record and will be tested by a Wildcats team that has played solid defense all season while also showing an offense with the ability to play against anyone.

On defense the Wildcats have given up just over 200-total yards a game and an average of just over 10-points a game.

On offense, they have been balanced running and throwing the ball with just over 200-yards in both phases of the game with no problem putting the ball in the end zone with a scoring average of over 34 points a game.

The offense starts with sophomore quarterback Te’Sean Smoot who has thrown for just under 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns with only four interceptions while also rushing for four scores. Senior Jeff Tolliver leads the rushing attack with just over 1,000 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns while under rated wide receiver Larry Stephens has 907 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

#5 SPRINGBORO (9-1) @ #4 DUBLIN JEROME (8-2)

This game is an interesting match-up of two teams with solid records but questions when you look deep at the teams both beat.

Teams Jerome defeated went a combined 37-43 while Springboro wins came against teams that combined to go 31-49 on the year.

The Panthers average just over 25 points a game staying balanced in the run and passing games. Senior quarterback Landon Palmer has been solid hitting on just over 70-percent of his throws with 13 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Hit top target has been junior Titan Case who has pulled down 52 balls for 711 yards and seven touchdowns with fellow junior Moise Armbruster leading the rushing attack with 833 yards and eight scores.

The player we really like is two-way standout Timmy Keseday who has rushed for 12 touchdowns and 458 yards while also posting 73 total tackles on defense. The senior may not be the biggest player on the field, but pound-for-pound is one of the toughest we’ve seen this season.

#7 NORTHMONT (6-4) @ #2 TOLEDO WHITMER (9-1)

The Whitmer Panthers will be the favorite in this game as Northmont will have to make the long drive to Lucas County. The Thunderbolts love to throw the football around and can cause match-up problems for many teams.

On the year, senior quarterback Keaton Kesling has thrown for 2,780 yards and 30 touchdowns while as a team, the T-Bolts have only rushed for 756 total yards. Kesling is prone to throw an interception with 11 on the season, including three in the final regular season game against Wayne. His main targets are junior Marcus Allen (999 yards – 13 TDs) and senior Jazz Keys (770 yards – 8 TDs).

Junior Phillip Quansah leads the defense with 90 total tackles including three sacks. The loss of Northwester pledge Jaiden Cameron during Week Four was a major blow but while the defense gives up some numbers on the stat sheet, they’ve done a good job keeping teams out of the end zone giving up just under 17 points a game.

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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