Here is a list of preseason information on central Ohio high school football teams entering the first day of official coaching Monday, July 30:

Here is a list of preseason information on central Ohio high school football teams entering the first day of official coaching Monday, July 30:

BEECHCROFT

•Coach: Bruce Ward, fourth season
•2011 record: 9-2 overall, 7-0 (first) in City-North
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 31 vs. Dublin Jerome
•Top expected players: Landers Cox (DB), Adonis Davis (OL/LB), Antonio Davis (OL/DL), Khaleed Franklin (WR/LB) and Maurice Hale (QB/DB)
•Preseason outlook: In addition to winning the City-North title, the Cougars made it to the playoffs for the first time under Ward. The return of Hale and Franklin on offense and Adonis Davis to lead the defense puts Beechcroft in the role of league-title favorite heading into the season.

BEXLEY

•Coach: John Smith, sixth season
•2011 record: 5-5 overall, 2-5 (tied for sixth) in MSL-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2008, lost in Division III first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Harvest Prep
•Top expected players: Andrew Getz (OL/DL), Luke Groom (FB/LB), Jimmy Kahan (DB), Rasheed Morgan (RB/DB) and Jaxon Sher (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: At the end of last season, Smith said the Lions "changed the culture of Bexley football." Whether that continues could be determined by if they find a new offensive leader to replace Air Force recruit Jalen Robinette at quarterback.

BROOKHAVEN

•Coach: Trevor White, second season
•2011 record: 7-4, 6-1 (second) in City-North
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Marion-Franklin
•Top expected players: Joshua Baker (DB), Casey-Ren Gayle (WR/DB), Blake McEwen (RB), Terry Moore (WR/DL) and Clevis Towns (WR/DB)
•Preseason outlook: Brookhaven will have a new quarterback after losing Tajuan Green, who is now playing for Ohio Dominican, but several of its key receiving weapons return. The Bearcats also should be ahead of last season in terms of stability with White back for his second season as coach.

CANAL WINCHESTER

•Coach: Shawn Hinkle, second season
•2011 record: 7-3 overall, 5-2 (third) in MSL-Buckeye
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Dublin Scioto
•Top expected players: Deontaye Cosby (DL), John Franklin (RB), Dalton McKee (OL/DL), Jaquan Ransome (RB) and Nick Toledo (LB)
•Preseason outlook: The Indians graduated playmakers Alex Fox (QB) and Austin Whitlatch (WR) but return Ransome and Franklin in the backfield as well as several experienced offensive linemen as they look for their fifth playoff appearance in six years.

CENTENNIAL

•Coach: Mark Shaffer, first season
•2011 record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 (seventh) in City-North
•Last playoff appearance: None
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Grandview
•Top expected players: Jeremy Johnson (QB), P.J. Rogers (RB/DB), Donald Stenson (RB) and Eric Wilson (WR/DB)
•Preseason outlook: Shaffer did not coach football last season but was the offensive coordinator in 2010 when Centennial snapped a 34-game losing streak and finished 4-6. The Stars, according to Shaffer, must build a strong offensive line and have higher expectations as a program.

CENTRAL CROSSING

•Coach: Chris Harr, third season
•2011 record: 1-9, 1-6 (seventh) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: None
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Whitehall
•Top expected players: Trevor Brown (RB), Tory Clark (QB/DB), Alex Hinton (DL), Michael Huffman (LB), Nathan Turkovich (OL) and Zach Wyatt (RB)
•Preseason outlook: Although the Comets lost one more game than in 2010, Harr believed at the end of last season that his team took "little steps forward." Central Crossing has several key returnees as it looks to continue taking those strides.

COLUMBUS ACADEMY

•Coach: Jim Collis, second season
•2011 record: 5-5 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in MSL-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2006, lost in Division V regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Zanesville Maysville
•Top expected players: Matt Brigstock (OL/DL), Jared Harris (RB/DB), Jacob Hill (OL/LB) and Lee Solomon (RB/LB)
•Preseason outlook: Because the Vikings had just 12 seniors a year ago, their returning experience should help as they strive to improve on back-to-back 5-5 seasons. The return of Collis, who took over as coach in June 2011 after the death of Mark Barren, also provides stability.

DeSALES

•Coach: Ryan Wiggins, sixth season
•2011 record: 7-4, 2-0 (first) in CCL-Silver
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division III second round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Gahanna
•Top expected players: J.T. Blubaugh (RB), Oliver Grimard (WR/LB), Alex Perrine (QB), Chris Ritter (OL/DL) and Lashaun Sanders (WR)
•Preseason outlook: With Ohio State freshman Warren Ball (RB) among those no longer on their roster, the Stallions will have a significantly different look this season. The return of Perrine and Blubaugh would seem to be a good place to start as DeSales looks to make its 19th consecutive playoff appearance.

DUBLIN COFFMAN

•Coach: Mark Crabtree, 12th season
•2011 record: 8-3 overall, 5-2 (third) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Jerome
•Top expected players: Ian Flinders (LB), Jacob Gilbert (DB), Miles McCollum (DL), James Walsh (QB), Bilal Williamson (RB) and Tanner Zinni (OL)
•Preseason outlook: The Shamrocks had a 33-member senior class last season when they went 8-3 for the second consecutive year, but the return of Walsh combined with a track record of success should make rebuilding an easier process. Walsh has verbally committed to Ohio University.

DUBLIN JEROME

•Coach: Mark Hundley, ninth season
•2011 record: 4-6 overall, 4-3 (tied for fourth) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2008, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Coffman
•Top expected players: Nate Fairand (OL), Alec Hood (DL), Tyler Iffland (OL), Carson Richards (OL) and Donovan Wilson (RB)
•Preseason outlook: The Celtics finished two games worse last fall than in 2010, but they won three of their final five, including beating perennial-power Westerville South. Wilson, who rushed for 16 touchdowns last season, has verbally committed to Georgia Tech.

DUBLIN SCIOTO

•Coach: Karl Johnson, 13th season
•2011 record: 2-8 overall, 1-6 (seventh) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2005, lost in Division II regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Canal Winchester
•Top expected players: Evan DeMars (QB), William Houston (RB), David McCruter (LB), Joey Monda (DL), Mason Sawicki (OL/DL) and Tim Shadoan (WR)
•Preseason outlook: Mostly because of struggles on defense, the Irish last fall endured their worst season in program history. Scioto should have more experience on both sides of the ball, particularly on offense where DeMars and Houston provide a pair of talented skill-position players.

GAHANNA LINCOLN

•Coach: John Snoad, fifth season
•2011 record: 9-3 overall, 6-1 (second) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. DeSales
•Top expected players: Geoffrey Helms (RB), Connor Prusz (LB), Granyl Smith (DL), Mitchell Rowell (LB) and Alec Tuohy (QB)
•Preseason outlook: The Lions no longer have the versatile Tyler Grassman, a Buffalo freshman, to lean on, but talent remains. Tuohy, who was the starting quarterback heading into last season before sustaining a season-ending injury, could be key in whether Gahanna makes another playoff run.

GRANDVIEW HEIGHTS

•Coach: Jason Peters, sixth season
•2011 record: 10-1 overall, 7-0 (first) in MSL-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division V first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Centennial
•Top expected players: Payton Jones (WR/DB), Luke Miller (RB/DB), Tyler Mosier (RB/LB), Nick Peck (OL/DL), Luke Snider (WR/DB) and Andy Treasure (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: After winning its first league title and making its first playoff appearance since 2005, Grandview lost its quarterback (Oliver Rouch) and top running back (Jason Franks). The Bobcats have plenty of contributors back, however, as they look to build on the breakthrough season.

GROVE CITY

•Coach: Matt Jordan, fourth season
•2011 record: 3-7 overall, 2-5 (sixth) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2008, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Hilliard Davidson
•Top expected players: Matt Brown (OL/DL), Hayes Davis (OL), John Davis (OL), Brandon Glover (OL), Chad Moore (DB) and Devonta Thomas (WR)
•Preseason outlook: In their second season back after not competing in 2009, the Dawgs scored a combined 12 points in three consecutive losses to end the season and won one fewer game than the previous year. Grove City will look to a strong group of returning linemen to help it take a step forward.

GROVE CITY CHRISTIAN

•Coach: Kerry Owens, third season
•2011 record: 5-5
•Last playoff appearance: 2009, lost in Division VI state semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Berne Union
•Top expected players: Mac Brunney (QB/DB), Jordan Edwards (OL/DL), Nate High (QB/WR/RB/LB/DB), Casey Stauffer (RB/LB) and Blair Thompson (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: With players such as the versatile High and a returning line unit led by Edwards, Owens believes his team has a strong nucleus. The addition of former Centennial coach Pat Sergio as offensive coordinator is something Owens also expects to be a positive.

GROVEPORT MADISON

•Coach: Tim Brown, 10th season
•2011 record: 3-7 overall, 1-6 (seventh) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2007, lost in Division I regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Westerville South
•Top expected players: Cameron Oshodi (OL), Duawane Smoot (OL/DL), Durrell Wood (OL/DL) and Thomas Workman (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: The Cruisers will have a new identity without Shane Denny, who took over at quarterback late in his freshman season and now is playing for Urbana. Brown hopes a strong group of linemen will lead to a bounce-back season.

HARTLEY

•Coach: Brad Burchfield, fourth season
•2011 record: 11-1 overall, 1-0 (first) in CCL-Gold
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division IV regional final
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Amanda-Clearcreek
•Top expected players: Marcellus Calhoun (RB), Jacob Matuska (TE/LB), Kalil Morris (DL), Alonzo Saxton (RB/DB) and JaWaun Woodley (RB/DB)
•Preseason outlook: The Hawks look deep and talented. Leading the way should be Woodley, who rushed for 19 touchdowns and was the district's Defensive Player of the Year. Matuska has verbally committed to Notre Dame and Woodley has verbally committed to Toledo.

HILLIARD BRADLEY

•Coach: Mike LoParo, second season
•2011 record: 7-3 overall, 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Capital
•Last playoff appearance: None
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Marysville
•Top expected players: Tevin Anderson (OL/DL), Matt Bryant (RB/DB), Reilly Butz (QB/DB), Bradley Spelman (TE/LB) and C.J. Wall (LB)
•Preseason outlook: The Jaguars graduated 27 players after improving from 3-7 to 7-3 in their third season and now will compete in the OCC-Cardinal. Among the orders of business in the offseason was finding new components for a running game that helped Bradley average 37.7 points last season.

HILLIARD DARBY

•Coach: John Santagata, fifth season
•2011 record: 7-3 overall, 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, lost in Division I regional quarterfinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Whetstone
•Top expected players: Caleb Day (WR/DB), Stephan Hernon (OL/DL), Cameron Kohl (RB/LB), Chase Longwell (QB/P/DB) and Hayden Van Kirk (RB/DL)
•Preseason outlook: The Panthers posted a second consecutive winning season, but they went 0-3 against the only teams on their schedule to finish with winning records. Darby likely will lean on Day, an Illinois recruit, and Longwell in its move to the OCC-Cardinal.

HILLIARD DAVIDSON

•Coach: Brian White, 14th season
•2011 record: 11-1 overall, 7-0 (first) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I regional final
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Grove City
•Top expected players: D.D. Clark (RB), Tyler Doty (RB/LB), E.J. Jennings (RB), Phillipie Motley (RB/DB), Nick Waters (QB/RB/DB) and Nick Wright (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: Davidson reached the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons and posted six shutouts before earning a regional runner-up finish. A proven system, one of central Ohio's most successful coaches and an eager senior class should help the Wildcats remain a contender.

NEW ALBANY

•Coach: Mark Mueller, eighth season
•2011 record: 9-3 overall, 6-1 (tied for first) in OCC-Capital
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division II second round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Reynoldsburg
•Top expected players: Cameron Horch (OL), Darron Lee (QB/WR/DB), Matt Smith (OL/LB), David Standbaugh (OL) and Carson Tunney (TE/P)
•Preseason outlook: New Albany's biggest dilemma is one many teams might envy: How to best utilize Lee, who has verbally committed to Ohio State. Last year, Lee saw time at quarterback and wide receiver, so his talents could go a long way toward determining the Eagles' success this season.

NORTHLAND

•Coach: Kevin Tooson, 10th season
•2011 record: 4-6, 4-3 (fourth) in City-North
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Eastmoor Academy
•Top expected players: Anthony Alexander (LB), Trivon Coles (OL), Robby Darnell (DB), Ron Gaston (LB), Azariah Turner (DL) and Brandon Williams (RB)
•Preseason outlook: The Vikings couldn't overcome a 0-3 start last season after making their first playoff appearance in 2010. Northland's strength in recent seasons has been on defense and on the offensive line, and that should continue this fall.

OLENTANGY LIBERTY

•Coach: Steve Hale, 10th season
•2011 record: 6-4 overall, 5-2 (tied for first) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2009, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Orange
•Top expected players: Grant Cartwright (LB), Joey Longhino (QB), Ryan Seibert (DB), Tyler Welch (DB) and Bryson Wray (TE)
•Preseason outlook: The Patriots failed to advance to the postseason for the second consecutive season, but Longhino leads a strong group of returning skill-position players after passing for 1,881 yards and 19 touchdowns last year. Liberty has moved to the OCC-Central.

OLENTANGY

•Coach: Ed Terwilliger, 24th season
•2011 record: 5-5 overall, 4-3 (tied for fourth) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2008, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Worthington Kilbourne
•Top expected players: Griffin Binkley (WR/LB), Tim Feasel (RB/LB), Andrew Horstman (QB), Ramal Iverson (RB), Buchi Okafor (WR) and Austin Schmidt (OL)
•Preseason outlook: With a slew of experienced receivers, the Braves could turn to a more balanced offense behind a line led by Schmidt, an Illinois recruit. Olentangy will try its hand in the OCC-Capital, which features four Division II schools.

OLENTANGY ORANGE

•Coach: Brian Cross, fifth season
•2011 record: 8-3 overall, 6-1 (tied for first) in OCC-Capital
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Liberty
•Top expected players: Michael Forbes (RB), Kofi Hill (QB), Jacob Lewis (LB), Cole Snowden (OL/DL) and Spencer Wilson (OL)
•Preseason outlook: The Pioneers no longer have district Offensive Player of the Year and Ohio Dominican freshman Brandon Schoen, but plenty of talent remains. Orange also gained its first experience competing in the Division I postseason last fall, which should help the fifth-year program.

PICKERINGTON CENTRAL

•Coach: Jay Sharrett, 10th season
•2011 record: 11-3 overall, 7-0 (first) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I state final
•Opener: Aug. 25 at Cincinnati Colerain
•Top expected players: Greg Basalyga (LB), Taco Charlton (DL), Zach Gorman (OL), Reuel Griggs (DL), Andrew Meyer (WR) and Nick Walter (OL)
•Preseason outlook: After winning a sixth consecutive league title and earning a state runner-up finish, there's nothing left for the Tigers to accomplish outside of a state title. Charlton, who has verbally committed to Michigan, is among those who will need to step up if Central is to reach that goal.

PICKERINGTON NORTH

•Coach: Tom Phillips, sixth season
•2011 record: 8-2 overall, 5-2 (third) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2009, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at St. Charles
•Top expected players: Jake Butt (TE/DL), Godwin Igwebuike (RB/DB), Roland Ladipo (WR/DB), Mason Olszewski (QB/DB), Warren Stoddard (LB) and Dylan Weigel (LB)
•Preseason outlook: The Panthers settled for ninth in Region 3 last season despite their record, but they should have the athletes to make the second playoff appearance in program history. Leading the way are Butt, who has verbally committed to Michigan, and Igwebuike, who has 22 Division I offers.

READY

•Coach: Joel Cutler, first season
•2011 record: 4-6 overall, 0-1 (second) in CCL-Gold
•Last playoff appearance: 2009, lost in Division V first round
•Opener: Aug. 25 at Newark Catholic
•Top expected players: Kelly Culbertson (RB/DB), Patrik Garren (DL), Brady Taylor (OL/DB) and Matt Yoho (QB)
•Preseason outlook: Coming off back-to-back losing seasons and with Larry Wolf stepping down after his 14th season as coach, the Silver Knights are looking for a fresh start under Cutler. A strong junior class will lead the way.

REYNOLDSBURG

•Coach: Buddy White, second season
•2011 record: 6-4 overall, 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2001, lost in Division I regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. New Albany
•Top expected players: Jordan Aekins (QB), Emmanuel Beal (DL), Grant Coleman (WR/DB), Kumar Collins (RB), Jeff Jones (OL/DL) and Mykel Traylor-Bennett (WR)
•Preseason outlook: The Raiders improved by three wins a year ago, and a group of returnees led by Beal (18 sacks), Collins (1,005 yards rushing) and Traylor-Bennett (26 receptions) has them in position for further improvement. Traylor-Bennett has verbally committed to Cincinnati.

ST. CHARLES

•Coach: Jeff Pharion, fourth season
•2011 record: 4-6 overall, 1-1 (second) in CCL-Silver
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, lost in Division II first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Pickerington North
•Top expected players: Ryan Bailey (QB), Russell Bateman (LB) Evan Brown (WR), Sean Fitzmartin (RB), Philip LeFleur (LB) and Mitch Wiseman (WR/P)
•Preseason outlook: The Cardinals ended last season with back-to-back wins, including their first over Watterson since 2000. Giving hope they can build on that is the return of Fitzmartin (795 yards rushing) and LeFleur (second-team all-district on defense).

THOMAS WORTHINGTON

•Coach: Scott Gordon, sixth season
•2011 record: 4-6 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 1986, lost in Division I state semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Jonathan Alder
•Top expected players: Brooks Gilmore (OL/DL), Danny Gordon (QB/DB), Tony Harvard (RB/DB), Jonathan Highley (OL/DL), Richard Spernoga (OL/DL) and Jalen Wells (QB/DB)
•Preseason outlook: The Cardinals won one more game a year ago than in 2010 but were held to seven or fewer points in five of their six losses. The experience gained by Gordon and Wells, who rotated at quarterback, should help Thomas be more competitive.

UPPER ARLINGTON

•Coach: Mike Golden, eighth season
•2011 record: 9-3 overall, 6-1 (second) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I second round
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Walnut Ridge
•Top expected players: Gus Ackley (RB), Chris Frey (RB/LB), Will Hess (OL/DL), Alex Husted (WR/DB) and Noah Spielman (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: Led by a running game that produced 2,473 yards a year ago, the Golden Bears made it back to the postseason after a two-year absence. Ackley and Drake return in the backfield, and players such as Spielman, a junior, also should provide excitement.

WATTERSON

•Coach: Dan Bjelac, 10th season
•2011 record: 3-7 overall, 0-2 (third) in CCL-Silver
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, won Division III state championship
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Whitehouse Anthony Wayne
•Top expected players: Patrick Bookman (RB/DB), George Cleary (TE/LB), Andy Elberson (QB), Walter Greene (RB), Andrew Lorenz (OL/DL) and Michael Vlahakis (WR/DB)
•Preseason outlook: A season after winning a state title, injuries hindered what became just the second losing season in Bjelac's tenure. The Eagles have more experience, a proven system and tradition on their side as they look to bounce back.

WESTERVILLE CENTRAL

•Coach: John Magistro, fourth season
•2011 record: 8-3 overall, 5-2 (tied for first) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2011, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Big Walnut
•Top expected players: Jordan Bratton (RB/LB), Alfred Colson (RB/DB), Mark Giresi (WR/DB), Charlie Moushey (WR/DB), Nick Richardson (OL/DL) and John Whitman (OL/DL)
•Preseason outlook: The Warhawks were among central Ohio's biggest surprises last year, improving by six wins and making the playoffs for the first time. If Central is to approach that finish again, it will need to find a new leader after losing Cody Kondas, who is now playing at Lehigh.

WESTERVILLE NORTH

•Coach: Rodger Elander, first season
•2011 record: 0-10 overall, 0-7 (eighth) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 1999, lost in Division I first round
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Franklin Heights
•Top expected players: Shane Coulter (DL), Chris Meyer (WR/TE), Peter Sandvik (OL/DL), Kevin Schaublein (WR) and Austin Smales (QB)
•Preseason outlook: Elander, who has been coaching football since the mid-1980s and has been a teacher at North since 1992, will take a shot at turning around a program that has lost 35 games in a row. The Warriors have had promising numbers out since Elander took over.

WESTERVILLE SOUTH

•Coach: Rocky Pentello, 22nd season
•2011 record: 6-4 overall, 5-2 (tied for first) in OCC-Cardinal
•Last playoff appearance: 2010, lost in Division I regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Groveport
•Top expected players: Marcus Ball (QB/DB), Gary Brown (WR/DB), Myles Collier (DB), Noah Prentiss (RB), Jordan Rodriguez (LB) and Kamaree Walden (LB)
•Preseason outlook: Despite starting various underclassmen last year, the Wildcats won a share of their fourth consecutive league title. The return of players such as Ball, who has scholarship offers from several BCS schools, and Brown should make South a playoff and league-title contender.

WHETSTONE

•Coach: Don Poff, first season
•2011 record: 2-8 overall, 2-5 (sixth) in City-North
•Last playoff appearance: None
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Hilliard Darby
•Top expected players: Rammy Finnegan (QB), Trent Harper (TE) and Dezwan Polk (DL)
•Preseason outlook: The Braves are hoping a new coaching staff that includes Poff and former Columbus West assistant Hank Patterson running the offense will transform a program that has endured back-to-back losing seasons and never has made the postseason.

WHITEHALL

•Coach: Jake Kuhner, first season
•2011 record: 6-4 overall, 4-3 (tied for third) in MSL-Ohio
•Last playoff appearance: 2003, lost in Division II regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 vs. Central Crossing
•Top expected players: Ifa Abdujalil (WR/DB), Alex Farrow (OL/DL), Cody Koons (QB) and Isaiah Turner (RB/LB)
•Preseason outlook: The Rams went a combined 9-61 from 2004-10 before improving to 6-4 a year ago. Kuhner, a varsity head coach for the first time, has been pleased with the offseason commitment he's seen as Whitehall attempts to build on last year's winning record.

WORTHINGTON KILBOURNE

•Coach: Vince Trombetti, sixth season
•2011 record: 3-7 overall, 2-5 (sixth) in OCC-Central
•Last playoff appearance: 2008, lost in Division I regional semifinal
•Opener: Aug. 24 at Olentangy
•Top expected players: Mike Coen (OL), Isaac Lumpkin (RB), Ryan Maloney (LB), Joe Schick (OL) and Matt Wylly (DB)
•Preseason outlook: The Wolves endured their second consecutive losing season last fall, but several young players moved into key roles by the end of the year, particularly on both sides of the line. Kilbourne has moved to the OCC-Cardinal.