Backyard Blitz 2018
August 24th & 25th, 2018
Wayne High School Stadium
On the heels of our nationally-ranked Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop Basketball Invitational, comes an annual high school football showcase event pitting the best teams in Ohio against those from around the State… and the Nation at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights, OH.
Single Ticket for ONE Games = $7
Single Ticket for BOTH Games = $10
2018 Backyard Blitz Teams
In his 21st season as Head Football Coach for the Wayne Warriors, Coach Jay Minton, is looking to build on past success and put together another memorable season. After another OHSAA State playoff appearance in 2017, the Warriors will be looking to reload for a 2018 trip to Canton.
As they work toward another playoff run they will be doing so without 2018 graduates, Antwuan Johnson, Alex Reigelsperger, and Blue Smith. Those three will be playing on Saturdays at Bowling Green, Minnesota, and Ohio State respectively.
This year’s team will be lead by 3 star Defensive Back Justin Harris. Justin, a senior, holds division 1 offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Toledo. Seniors Alexander Ealy, Braxton Jones, and Jerrell Dixon will also help lead the defensive charge of the Warriors. On offense look out for senior WRs LaQuan Carpenter and Steven Victoria.
Coach Jeff Phillips is entering his 6th season as head football coach for the Austin-East Roadrunners. Coach Phillips has a 34-25 overall record but is 31-8 the last 3 season with 3 straight Tennessee State Playoff appearances. Under the leadership of Coach Phillips the Roadrunners have sent over 20 student athletes to play college football.
Austin-East finished 10-3 last year and look to continue their playoff streak in 2018. In doing so they will have to replace some impact players, most notably, Chris Hunter who will be playing LB for Army this fall. AE will be lead by Seniors Chris Stevenson RB/LB and Stefan Vonner Jr DL/OL. Also keep an eye on Juniors Isiah Ligon, ATH and Trey Foster, QB/LB.
St. Francis DeSales is led by Head Coach Ryan Wiggins. Coach Wiggins is a Columbus native, graduating from DeSales High School in 1997 and Capital University in 2001. Wiggins’ took over as head coach for the Stallions in 2007 where he has a 97-35 overall record. During his time DeSales has 7 CCL championships, 3 regional championships, two trips to the OHSAA State semifinals, and one OHSAA State championship appearance. He was also named Ohio Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014.
With Wiggins at the helm, DeSales has had 40 players go on to play Division 1 FBS/FCS College Football. From the 2008 class, Patrick Omameh (University of Michigan) is playing in the NFL for the NY Giants. Last years senior class produced three division 1 players. Brian Asamaoh,Oklahoma, Brandon Derrow, Colorado State, and Ty Van Fossen, University of Cincinnati.
Looking to improve off last year’s 6-4 season, DeSales will be lead by Senior, Rodas Johnson. Johnson is a 4 star Offensive Lineman and has standing offers from the University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, and many others. Another Senior to keep an eye on, Joey Velazquez, has committed to Ohio State to play baseball but is also entertaining football offers from the University of Michigan and Kent State.
The Dunbar Wolverines are coming off an 8-4 2017 season in which they made the OHSAA State playoffs. Over the last 5 season Dunbar has an overall record of 33-19. They will start the 2018 season with new head coach, Corey Freed. Coach Freed, an Ohio native, has spent the last 9 years coaching in Texas. He previously coached for Waco High School and McGregor High School in Texas. While there he served as linebackers coach, special teams coordinator, and defensive coordinator. As the defensive coordinator at McGregor, two of his players made it to the Division 1 level. While at Waco, 5 defensive players went on to the next level including, DT Andrew Billings. Billings played for Baylor and is now with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dunbar football has sent over 10 student athletes to further their playing careers in college over the past few seasons. Of those 10+ players, 4 have received Division 1 scholarships. Class of 2016 players Terrance Landers Jr. and Jeffery Pooler are at Purdue University and West Virginia University, respectively. From the 2018 class, Joseph Scates is at Iowa State University and Tavion Thomas is at the University of Cincinnati.
The Wolverines look to reload with some key returners lead by Class of 2019, 3 star left tackle, Jonathan Allen. This 6’6″ blind side currently holds 14 D1 offers that include Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, and West Virginia. Also from the class of 2019, a couple guys to keep your eye on, Jordan Cameron, Mike Elmore Jr., and Martel Smith.