The high school football season kicks off Friday night, and it looks like it should be another strong year for local teams.
Mechanicsburg and West Liberty-Salem are prohibitive favorites to reach the playoffs again since each team is returning a standout, experienced quarterback.
Kaleb Romero at Mechanicsburg and Brandon Upton at WL-S should both be two of the top QBs in the area this season.
If he stays healthy, Triad’s Trent McIntyre should also be a standout quarterback and could lead the Cardinals to another playoff berth.
At Urbana, quarterback is also one of the main story lines, along with the team having a new head coach in Jon Daniels.
Four-year starter Nathan Mays graduated last spring as one of UHS’s top quarterbacks ever, and his replacement, sophomore Levi Boettcher, seems to have potential to be a solid QB.
It doesn’t hurt that like Mays, Boettcher is tall at 6-foot-5.
Even with a new head coach and starting quarterback, the Hillclimbers should probably be considered the favorites to win yet another CBC/MRD title.
Graham has struggled in recent years, but new head coach A.J. Woods appears determined to turn the Falcons’ fortunes around.
We’ll know more about Champaign County’s teams after Friday night’s season openers.
Trivia Time – Urbana High School graduate George Scott played for the New York Giants of the NFL in 1959.
This week’s question – New Urbana High School head football coach Jon Daniels is a graduate of which college?