When Jim Ryan the head coach of Olmsted Falls High School gathers his staff of high school head coaches for the Big 33 game Team Ohio will not be undermanned as they’ve been the past two years.
Hershey, Pa. will again see some of Ohio’s top high school talent before they head off to college in the 51-st annual Big 33 Football Classic, set for June 14.
With four future Buckeyes leading the way the stage is set for Ohio to make a return to the winner’s side after having a few roadblocks the past two seasons.
With a conflict between the Ohio North-South Game and the Big 33 for the past two seasons Team Ohio has been at a great disadvantage. Many of Ohio’s top talent headed to Columbus for the North-South game instead of the Chocolate Capital of the world and the results showed on the field and on the scoreboard.
This year will be different as the Ohio High School Coaches Association made a change and committed to send more of the top players to battle Team Pennsylvania.
“Earlier this week we had a meeting at Ohio State to introduce all the players and get to know them better, said Jay Minton head coach of Huber Heights Wayne who will be an assistant coach for Team Ohio. “We’ve got some great talent to work with in this game and all of the coaches talked at length about the amount of talent we’ll take the field with.”
While the next destination for most of the players will be the college game, the experience the players will have is one they’ll cherish for the rest of their lives.
Future Buckeyes who are scheduled to take the field include Miami Trace High School linebacker Nathan Williams, Westerville Central kicker Ben Buchanan, Cleveland Glenville lineman Shawntel Rowell and Madison tight end Nic DiLillo.
Minton who’ll coach the defensive line and set up the team’s defense spoke about his meeting Nathan Williams this week.
“I shook his hand and his hand went halfway up my arm,” Minton said about meeting Williams with a laugh. “I really feel we have a lot of depth with this team and the talent is unbelievable.”
Team Ohio look’s to be well stocked as 19 future BCS players are scheduled at this time to make the trip in June for the big game. Some of the other players who are scheduled to make the trip include other Big Ten players such as Michael Zordich (Cardinal Mooney- Penn State), Jerel Worthy (Wayne High School – Michigan State) and Michael Shaw (Trotwood-Madison – Michigan) among others.
Look for team Ohio to run the spread on offense with Ada High School’s Zac Dysert (Miami Ohio) and Ohio’s 2007 Mr. Football Bart Tanski ( Mentor HS, Bowling Green) at the controls at quarterback.
As the game nears we’ll have more of a breakdown on team Ohio in what is sure to be a great game.