Updated Thu, Aug 28, 2014 9:16 pm
Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks our reporters will be bringing you team previews for each team in the SEOAL, TVC-Ohio, TVC-Hocking, and our West Virginia teams. We continue in the TVC-Ohio, where everyone is chasing the Athens Bulldogs.
If the Wellston football team had a theme song, Stealers Wheel’s’ 1972 hit “Stuck in the Middle With You” might be it. Because that is exactly what the Golden Rockets are: stuck in the middle.
For three of the past four years, the Golden Rockets have finished with a 4-6 record, and also finished 5-5 in 2011.
Now his fifth season as head coach Chris Hutchinson hopes the Golden Rockets’ young roster can get over the hump and take the next step towards posting the program’s first winning record since 2006.
While Wellston only has five seniors on their 34-man roster, the Golden Rockets are returning 15 past letter-winners.
One of those letter winners is junior quarterback Braydon Womeldorf who will be starting his second year as the Golden Rocket’s starter.
Last season, Womeldorf threw for over 800 yards and was also the team’s leading rusher with over 260 yards on over 120 carries, and picking up 10 touchdowns along the way.
Wellston's offense also returns the trio of Cameron Williams, Nick Cox and Forrest Hale in the backfield.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive end Kenny Trimble will anchor the Golden Rockets defensive front. Trimble was an all-district first-team selection last season after recording 52 tackles—12 of which were for tackles-for-loss—as well as 11 sacks.
The Golden Rockets are hoping that the 14 juniors on the roster will use the experience they gained last year to elevate the team towards a wining record.
The road won’t be easy, however. The Golden Rockets host Jackson to kick off the season, and travel to Oak Hill in week four before beginning the TVC-Ohio slate at home against Alexander in week five.
The real meat of Wellston’s schedule comes at the very end, however. To finish up the season, the Golden Rockets face the three teams that finished above them in the TVC-Ohio standings last year—Athens, Meigs and Vinton County.
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