Published Mon, Aug 29, 2011 2:43 am Dateline
Updated Mon, Aug 29, 2011 3:07 am
The rivalry is classic. Every year the Jackson Ironmen and the Wellston Golden Rockets face-off in the first week of the high school football season. And, every year each team hopes to grab the win because with it comes with a good way to start the season, and bragging rights. Last year the bragging rights went to the Golden Rockets, but this year it's a completely different story.
In 2010, Jackson managed to sweep the SEOAL with a 6-0 league record, and produce a "Player of the Year" candidate in Klay Arthur. Wellston, on the other hand, had a 4-6 record overall and won only two games in the TVC-Ohio league. While Jackson was the favored in the week one match-up last year, Wellston put out a strong performance and took down the Ironmen 33-13. The Golden Rockets started that season off with a huge win, but they weren't able to do the same this season.
Despite having graduated 19 seniors from last year, including the entire offensive line, Jackson dominated the field with a 35-0 shut out over Wellston. The Ironmen's defense proved to be strong force denying Wellston any points, and sacking Wellston's QB multiple times. Offensively, Jackson's new quarterback, Austin Osborne, made a strong statement for the Ironmen. Ironically enough, Osborne transferred from Wellston and was a Golden Rocket just last year. But, he fit right in with the Ironmen as he and Drew Urban helped lead the team to a victory.