Revamped City League predictions spotlight WhitmerWritten by Chris Schmidbauer | | email@example.com
It is hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the 2010 high school football season. While local experts have had their assumptions shaken on almost a weekly basis, here are my updated predictions based on the competition through the first half of the season.
The Panthers were picked to finish second at the start of the football season. Everyone knew the Panthers have the dynamic duo of future Buckeye Kenny Hayes and junior Chris Wormley at the defensive end spots, but what fans didn’t know was that Whitmer also has two great athletes at the running back spot. Sophomore Tré Sterritt and junior Jody Webb have run all over the competition. The Panthers still have St. Francis and Central left on the schedule, but the players look ready to repeat as league champions.
2. Central Catholic
The Irish were the preseason favorite to win the City League championship, and at the halfway mark, Central is well on its way to fulfilling that prediction. Led by running back Caleb Goings, the Irish have run at to a 5-0 record. Central still has St. Francis, Whitmer and St. Johns left on its schedule. Many are curious to see what happens when the Irish face what is perceived to be tougher competition on the remainder of its schedule. It will be tough for the Irish to run the gantlet through the three teams undefeated.
3. St. John’s Jesuit
The Titans would have been everyone’s favorite to win the final City League championship. Led by sophomore sensation Brogan Roback, the team looked like it had the most potent offense in the area. A blowout win versus St. Francis on Sept. 17 showed the St. John’s team was a contender. But after a tough loss at Whitmer, the Titans have shown a few chinks in the armor. The Titans toughest remaining league game will be the season finale against Central, and that means the St. John’s-Central matchup could decide who wins the title.
4. St. Francis
The Knights are off to a 2-3 start, and the team still has many question marks surrounding it. No one is quite sure how good this St. Francis team can be. The Knights had a tough nonleague schedule and a disappointing loss to St. John’s. But the Titans’ loss at Whitmer gives everyone a second chance at a league title. If the Knights can pull off wins at Whitmer and against Central Catholic in back-to-back weeks, St. Francis could be standing atop the City League mountain at season’s end.
The Eagles have been the most surprising team this season. Picked to finish seventh, Clay players have shown they can beat solid teams. The Eagles have a penchant for winning the close game, and it is possible that Clay could have a few more tricks up its sleeve. The team’s Achilles heel has to be inconsistency. If Clay can avoid another potential pitfall, the Eagles might be this season’s Cinderella story.
If there has been one team that has been bitten by the injury bug, it has been the Rogers Rams. Rogers was expecting big things with Ohio State commitment DerJuan “Peewee” Gambrell under center this year, and Damond Powell and Glandoy Hill at the wide receiver spots. But after Gambrell’s injury in week one against Anthony Wayne, the Rams have struggled to throw the football.
The Spartans are winless this season, but the team has been competitive in all of their games. Start has enough firepower to get back above the lower-tier teams in the league.
The Rebels have won just one game so far, but there have been some some signs of growth throughout this season. The Rebels are about a year away from competing at the top of this league once the non-TPS schools leave for a new league next season.
The Indians have won two games in a row, one of which was an upset win over rival Clay. Waite could be on an upswing, especially into next season.
The Bulldogs football program continues to have difficulty. Scott lost to Waite this season. This team will win against Woodward, and that may be its only City League victory.
What can one say about the Polar Bears? Things were bad before, and they haven’t gotten much better.
Chris Schmidbauer is sports editor for Toledo Free Press and Toledo Free Press Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is also the co-host of the “Odd Couple Sports Show” on Fox Sports Radio 1230 WCWA and can be heard every weekday from 10 a.m. to noon. He can also be seen weekly on the “Friday Night Frenzy Tailgate Show” on NBC 24.