Eighteen area prep football programs went into 2017 with a new man in charge, and less than half improved on their win totals from last season.
Only two made the playoffs: Greeneview and Centerville.
For the undefeated Rams, Ryan Haines continued the excellence established by Neal Kasner, who remained as offensive coordinator and line coach after going 40-26 in six seasons as head coach. Those campaigns included the school’s first playoff appearances and victories in school history.
Under Brent Ullery, the 9-1 Elks bounced back from a 5-5 season, winning the GWOC National East and earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs in Division I, Region 3. They will host Hilliard Darby on Friday night.
Greeneview, the OHC South champion, is the sixth seed in Division V, Region 20 and has to go on the road to take on No. 3 Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.
Eight of the teams with new coaches won more games than a season ago (regular season only) with Centerville enjoying the best turnaround (plus four).
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Badin (5-5 under Nick Yordy), Northwestern (4-6 under Shane Carter) and Greenon (3-7 under Josh Wooten) all improved by three wins while Greeneview and Urbana (4-6 under Carlton Cotner) improved by two and Meadowdale (4-6 under Len Hampton Jr.) and Southeastern (4-6 under Payton Printz) won one more game than in 2016.