12 players to watch in 2015


By Tom Usher - tusher@civitasmedia.com



Logan Alexander, Elida

Logan Alexander, Elida


Dennis Saam | The Lima News

Gavin Cupp, Leipsic

Gavin Cupp, Leipsic


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ruben Flowers, Lima Senior


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Zach Goecke, Spencerville


Dennis Saam | The Lima News

Darius Gordon, Lima Senior


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Dalton Hicks, Delphos Jefferson


File photo | The Lima News

Cameron Lauck, Wapakoneta


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Josh Nixon, Minster


File photo | The Lima News

Ethan O’Connor, Lima Central Catholic


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Zac Unterbrink, Ottawa-Glandorf


Dennis Saam | The Lima News

Jaden Walker, Lima Senior


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Hunter Wilker, Marion Local


Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

(Statistics are 10-game totals from last year)

LOGAN ALEXANDER

Elida

(6-0, 195, Senior)

Quarterback

Alexander was the Western Buckeye League’s offensive back of the year. He threw for 1,545 yards and 12 TDs. On the ground, he ran for 1,102 yards and 14 TDs. He was second in the WBL in rushing. He was first team all-WBL and second team all-district.

GAVIN CUPP

Leipsic

(6-6, 280, Senior)

Offensive lineman

Cupp is the driving force in the Leipsic offense. He originally committed to Michigan State, but Sparty pulled its scholarship when Cupp went to Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights. Cupp recently committed to Ohio State. He was the Blanchard Valley Conference’s offensive lineman of the year and was first team all-BVC, first team all-district and second team all-state.

RUBEN FLOWERS

Lima Senior

(6-4, 185, Senior)

Wide receiver

Flowers’ athletic ability is off the charts. Combine that with his sure hands and leaping ability, and he was almost impossible to stop last year. He had 61 receptions for 1,275 yards and 13 TDs. He was named first team all-TRAC and was the TRAC’s co-offensive player of the year. He was first team all-district and first team all-state. He was The Lima News’ offensive player of the year.

ZACH GOECKE

Spencerville

(6-1, 185, Senior)

Running back

Goecke was the engine in powering the Bearcats to the playoffs in their Wing-T, run-happy offense. He led the Northwest Conference in rushing with 1,407 yards and 26 TDs. He was first team all-NWC, first team all-district and second team all-state.

DARIUS GORDON

Lima Senior

(6-0, 170, Senior)

Quarterback

In his first year at quarterback, all Gordon did was guide Lima Senior to its most wins (eight) since 1997 and its first playoff appearance since 1999. He threw for 2,749 yards with 34 TDs and only five interceptions. He was named first team all-TRAC, second team all-district and was named to The Lima News’ Dream Team.

DALTON HICKS

Delphos Jefferson

(6-1, 220, Senior)

Linebacker

He was voted the No. 1 linebacker in the Northwest Conference last season. He had 104 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He was first team all-NWC, first team all-district and special mention all-state.

CAMERON LAUCK

Wapakoneta

(5-9, 165, Senior)

Defensive back/Running back

Lauck scored a total of 14 TDs last year, including one on a 99-yard interception return. A true threat to score when he touches the ball, he ran a 4.45 40 at the Ohio State camp. He rushed for 363 yards with six TDs and had 18 receptions for 302 yards with six TDs. On defense, he had 58 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass break ups. He was first team all-WBL and second team all-district.

JOSH NIXON

Minster

(5-11, 175, Senior)

Quarterback

Nixon guided the Wildcats to the Division VI state championship. He threw for 2,089 yards with 22 TDs. He had only seven interceptions. He ran for 122 yards. In the Division VI state championship game, a 46-42 victory over Kirtland, he completed 26 of 41 for 417 yards and four TDs. He was second team all-MAC and honorable mention all-district.

ETHAN O’CONNOR

Lima Central Catholic

(6-3, 195, Senior)

O’Connor was the driving force with his arm and legs in the T-Birds’ offense. He threw for 2,345 yards with 20 TDs and had only six interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 829 yards and 12 TDs. He was second team all-district.

ZAC UNTERBRINK

Ottawa-Glandorf

(6-0, 175, Senior)

Quarterback

Unterbrink led a revamped Ottawa-Glandorf passing offense with 1,956 passing yards. He threw 20 TDs and had only six interceptions. He also ran for 508 yards and four TDs. He was second team all-WBL and second team all-district.

JADEN WALKER

Lima Senior

(6-0, 150, Junior)

Defensive back/running back

As a sophomore, he helped lead the Spartans’ secondary with 70 tackles and three interceptions. He’ll play running back and free safety this year. He was first team all-TRAC, first team all-district and third team all-state.

HUNTER WILKER

Marion Local

(6-0, 205, Senior)

Wide receiver

Wilker has played a big part in the Flyers’ last three state titles. He even scored three TDs in the 2012 state title game as a freshman against Newark Catholic. In last year’s Division VII state title victory, 41-0 over Norwalk St. Paul, he had seven receptions for 108 yards and two TDs. On the year, he had 42 receptions for 763 yards and 16 TDs. He also ran for 110 yards and three TDs. He was first team all-MAC, first team all-district and first team all-state.

Logan Alexander, Elida
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Alexander-Logan.jpgLogan Alexander, Elida Dennis Saam | The Lima News
Gavin Cupp, Leipsic
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Cupp-Gavin.jpgGavin Cupp, Leipsic Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ruben Flowers, Lima Senior
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Flowers-Ruben.jpgRuben Flowers, Lima Senior Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Zach Goecke, Spencerville
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Goecke-Zach.jpgZach Goecke, Spencerville Dennis Saam | The Lima News
Darius Gordon, Lima Senior
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Gordon-Darius.jpgDarius Gordon, Lima Senior Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Dalton Hicks, Delphos Jefferson
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Hicks-Dalton.jpgDalton Hicks, Delphos Jefferson File photo | The Lima News
Cameron Lauck, Wapakoneta
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Lauck-Cameron.jpgCameron Lauck, Wapakoneta Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Josh Nixon, Minster
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Nixon-Josh.jpgJosh Nixon, Minster File photo | The Lima News
Ethan O’Connor, Lima Central Catholic
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_OConnor-Ethan.jpgEthan O’Connor, Lima Central Catholic Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Zac Unterbrink, Ottawa-Glandorf
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Unterbrink-Zac.jpgZac Unterbrink, Ottawa-Glandorf Dennis Saam | The Lima News
Jaden Walker, Lima Senior
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Walker-Jaden.jpgJaden Walker, Lima Senior Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Hunter Wilker, Marion Local
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_Wilker-Hunter.jpgHunter Wilker, Marion Local Amanda Wilson | The Lima News

By Tom Usher

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