The 2010 high school football season begins in Ohio this weekend and for some Northern Kentucky schools as well. Others have already gotten underway and it has been a promising start for several programs.
Getting off to a fast start will be for several teams and they begin their quest for playoff spots. Several coaches will get a good barometer on where their team is at after a grueling offseason.
Here is a look at some of the action from the high school gridiron in what we deem the true Week 1.
Ryle at Highlands – Part I
It is the moment of truth for both schools in this their first of two clashes in 2010. Ryle punished CovCath running the football scoring 55 unanswered points in the final two and a half quarters last Friday. The Bluebirds look to prove their identity on both sides of the line. Their new skill position players are already looking like more than capable replacements for those who preceded them.
Winton Woods vs. Elder at Nippert Stadium
Don't be surprised by the outcome in this one. Winton Woods returns nine starters on defense and scored 10 touchdowns last seasons on returns. Look for Warrior defensive backs Corey Webber and Chuck Wynn to have big days against a trio of raw Elder quarterbacks. The Panthers still have Ben Coffaro and he can hurt an opponent in so many different ways.
Anderson vs. Oak Hills at Nippert Stadium
It's a new era at Anderson as a group of very good seniors have departed each of the last two seasons. The Redskins always seem to find someone to fill the void and excel in head coach Jeff Giesting's offense. Oak Hills is very solid on defense, but also has some questions on offense. This contest is going to be a low scoring defensive battle.
Colerain vs. Northmont at Nippert Stadium
We have heard about Colerain moving Tyler Williams to quarterback all offseason long now we get a chance to see the new look Cardinals' offense. Two sophomores could have a huge impact on the outcome of this on. Northmont quarterback Cameron Belton has the pedigree, but lacks the experience and Colerain running back Chris Davis is going to be a major benefactor in the Williams move.
Harrison vs. East Central at Nippert Stadium
Look for an offensive explosion as the I-74 rivalry heads to the campus of UC. Both teams are very capable of putting up huge numbers in this affair. It is very appropriate for seniors like Brady Collins, Kyle Owens, Zach Lonneman and James Kellem to get a chance to play in front of a big crowd against a rival in a stadium like this.
Simon Kenton vs. Middletown at Nippert Stadium
The Miles Simpson era at Simon Kenton is over and the Antonio Banks, Caleb Watkins period at Middletown has ended as well. That doesn't mean the tank is empty at both schools. On the contrary, there are plenty of stars still around. Middies' wide receiver Zach Edwards going one-on-one against Pioneer defensive back Sage Powell promises to be a classic matchup. Simon Kenton quarterback Chad Lawrence is 18-3 as a starter. Middletown quarterback Geovonnie McKnight makes his first varsity start against a very fast defense.
Moeller vs. Wayne at St. Xavier Stadium
Nine starters return on the Wayne offense and they are led by quarterback Braxton Miller, a Rivals four-star recruit who is headed to Ohio State. The Moeller defense will counter with stellar seniors Jesse Hayes, Kendrick Walker and Anthony Hall. The Crusaders will look to wear down the Warriors with their play in the trenches. Tucker Skove could have a huge day out of their backfield.
Lakota West vs. LaSalle at Nippert Stadium
Both squads look to jump out of the gate with an early victory to gain some momentum and confidence. Lakota West has size and experience along the offensive line but their defense is going to be their most pleasant surprise this season. The Lancers will counter with an aerial attack that includes quarterback Andrew Kummer and his fine wide outs Rodriguez Coleman and Matt Woeste. Expect a very entertaining offensive contest on Saturday afternoon.
Dixie Heights at Beechwood
Dixie Heights let one slip away last week against NewCath. We will see if the Colonels can correct those mistakes on the road at Beechwood. It is a daunting challenge as the Tigers truly think they have the talent to win their third Class 1A title in the last four years.
Springfield at Hamilton
Here are two schools that everyone is expecting big things from in 20101. Stealing a "W" in this tilt could loom large come playoff time. Springfield linebacker Trey Depriest may have a difficult time getting into the Hamilton backfield with the Big Blue behemoth's blocking up front.
North College Hill at Reading
North College Hill looks to extend its regular season winning streak to 13 games. It won't be easy on the road at a tough Reading team's home field. The Trojans are led by quarterback Dakota Dartis and look for senior Vince Edwards to have a breakout season at wide receiver. The Blue Devils have running back Rahad Kyte and athlete Mason Antoun, who are both game changers.
Goshen at Ross
Both squads were playoff teams a year ago and having them square off against each other in Week 1 is a rare treat. The Ross Rams appear to be headed in that same direction with a talented group of skill players. The Warriors are led by one of the SBAAC's premier players in running back Jamie Ashcraft. This contest has all the makings of a high-scoring affair.
Written by: Greg Shoemaker, TriStateFootball.com