Players to watch


Hunter Binkley, Delphos Jefferson


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Chase Sumner, Ada


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Jaden Walker, Lima Senior


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Darius Collins, Lima Senior


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Tristan Meyer, Wapakoneta


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Jace Stockwell, Delphos Jefferson


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Dakota Pritchard, Spencerville


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Rece Roney | Columbus Grove


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Eric Spicer, St. Marys Bo Gross, Bath


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Bo Gross, Bath Bo Gross, Bath


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Austin Slaon, Upper Scioto Valley


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Players to watch

JADEN WALKER

Lima Senior

(5-11, 175, Senior)

Running Back

Walker, a first-team, All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference selection, lit up offenses for 1,609 yards on 181 carries with 26 touchdowns. The fleet-footed All state performer should have another electrifying season on offense. He is also a talent as a defensive back where he possesses speed and strength at the position.

HUNTER BINKLEY

Delphos Jefferson

(5-10, 180, Senior)

Running back

Binkley was a first-team All-Northwest Conference selection and a Division IV second-team, All-Ohio pick after rushing for 1,165 yards on 160 carries and 16 touchdowns. As a state qualifier in wrestling, Binkley will be a force to reckon with on the ground.

RECE RONEY

Columbus Grove

(6-3, 280 Sr.)

Offensive line

As the anchor of the Columbus Grove offensive line, Roney was a first-team, All-Northwest Conference choice and a Division IV All-Ohio special mention selection. Being watched by several colleges, he paves the way for the Grove running and provides protection for the quarterback with equal efficiency.

DARIUS COLLINS

Lima Senior

(6-2, 280, Senior)

Offensive line

Collins was a first-team All-Three Rivers selection at tackle his junior year. Collins was a major factor in the Spartans high octane offense scoring points. He also made the Division II All-Ohio team as a special mention and will be watched by plenty of scouts this year.

TRISTAN MEYER

Wapakoneta

(6-0, 160 Sr.)

Place kicker

Place kickers are rarely a factor at the high school level but Meyer has the leg that could make a difference in games for Wapakoneta. As a junior, Meyer kicked three field goals and made 47 extra points. He was the kicking specialist of the year in the Western Buckeye League and a Division III All-Ohio specialist. He already has an offer from the University of Findlay to kick for the Oilers.

DAKOTA PRICHARD

Spencerville

(6-3, 210, senior)

Defensive line

Prichard, a first-team All-Northwest Conference selection, was a mainstay on the Spencerville defensive line and was part of the defense that led the league in rushing defense (96.2). He was also a special mention Division III All-Ohio choice.

BO GROSS

Bath

(6-1, 220, senior)

Linebacker

The first-team All-Western Buckeye League Wildcat at linebacker recorded 83 tackles and 10 sacks on the defense that led the league in team rushing defense, allowing just 92.2 yards on the ground, and total team defense that allowed 204.1 yards a game.

ERIC SPICER

St. Marys

(5-10, 175 Senior)

Running back

By gaining more than 1,200 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns, Spicer earned first-team All-WBL honors and with a host of Roughriders returning on offense, he should be the focal point again this year for the vaunted St. Marys running game that rushed for more than 2,400 yards in 2016.

DAKOTA BRICKER

Bluffton

(5-7, 509)

Wide Receiver

With the Pirates, the first-team All-NWC selection, hauled in 40 catches for 509 yards and five toudhowns. The Bluffton receiver, who can also line up in the backfield, makes the big catches in the middle for the Pirates and keeps the chains moving.

JACE STOCKWELL

Delphos Jefferson

(5-11, 175)

Quarterback/Defensive back

The Wildcat signal caller received second-team all-league honors in the NWC last year after throwing for 1,169 yards and 15 touchdowns with only one interception in the regular season. He also showed great ability to run the ball when called upon. And while he is a great offensive weapon, he may even be better on defense in the secondary. He has great open field tackling abilities and a nose for the foootball.

AUSTIN SLOAN

Upper Scioto Valley

(5-10, 170)

Running back/Defensive back

With speed to burn, Sloan, a first-team All-NWCC performer, rushed for 1,447 yards with 14 carries and more than 1,800 total yards. A track standout, Sloan is considered one of the fastest player in the league and will also do some damage on the defensive side of the ball.

CHASE SUMNER

Ada

(5-9, 140)

Defensive back

Sumner, who was a first-team All-NWC selection and a first team All-Northwest District performer, in 2016 recorded 82 tackles and seven interceptions and should be the anchor of the Bulldog secondary that will boast two other returners. In his junior year, he qualified for state in wrestling and the physical Sumner also brings quickness to his game

Hunter Binkley, Delphos Jefferson
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Binkley.jpgHunter Binkley, Delphos Jefferson Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Chase Sumner, Ada
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Chase-Sumner-Ada-FB-16-1-.jpgChase Sumner, Ada Photo courtesy of Teri Salyer
Jaden Walker, Lima Senior
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Jaden-Walker-RP-001.jpgJaden Walker, Lima Senior Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Darius Collins, Lima Senior
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Daris-Collins-RP-009.jpgDarius Collins, Lima Senior Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Tristan Meyer, Wapakoneta
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_kicker.jpgTristan Meyer, Wapakoneta Photo Courtesy | Tom Hendrixson
Jace Stockwell, Delphos Jefferson
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Stockwell.jpgJace Stockwell, Delphos Jefferson Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Dakota Pritchard, Spencerville
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Pritchard-1.jpgDakota Pritchard, Spencerville Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Rece Roney | Columbus Grove
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Roney.jpgRece Roney | Columbus Grove Amanda Wilson| The Lima News
Eric Spicer, St. Marys Bo Gross, Bath
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Spicer.jpgEric Spicer, St. Marys Bo Gross, Bath Richard Parrish | The Lima News
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Bo Gross, Bath Bo Gross, Bath
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Bo-Gross.jpgBo Gross, Bath Bo Gross, Bath Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Austin Slaon, Upper Scioto Valley
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2016/08/web1_Sloan.jpgAustin Slaon, Upper Scioto Valley Photo provided