Updated Wed, Sep 21, 2011 12:28 pm
Every team that has attempted to slow down the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes has been publicly humiliated. Using supreme physicality, the Buckeyes have blown by their first four opponents and will attempt to make the Logan Chieftains their fifth victim.
The Chieftains enter Friday’s contest 0-4, coming off an emotional loss to the Jackson Ironmen, 49-32. On the flip side, the Buckeyes are running on all cylinders behind phenomenal performances by running back Dustin Young and quarterback Nathan Dean.
Young has scored 13 total touchdowns in four games. Dean threw four scoring passes in last Friday’s 47-13 win against Bishop Ready, giving Nelsonville-York a lethal combination of ground and aerial attacks.
Logan will need to play flawless football in all three phases of the game to compete with the Buckeyes. Chieftains quarterback Kelly Long, running back Cory McCarty and wide receiver Isaac Lindsey will be the go-to weapons for Logan, looking to pick up their first victory of the season. Turnovers plagued Logan against the Ironmen last week. The Chieftains have to take care of the football if they want to avoid being blown out by Nelsonville-York.
The Buckeyes will continue to rely on a power running game, complimented by Dean’s passing abilities and a stifling defense that has only given up 31 total points this season. This Friday marks the last non-conference game for the Buckeyes, who open up their TVC-OH season against Wellston on Sept. 30.
As the old saying goes, if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Nelsonville-York plans on living by that motto until something breaks. The Buckeyes haven’t lost a TVC-OH matchup since 2009 and will need to continue to dominate to repeat as conference champions. If Nelsonville-York manages to continue their winning ways against the Chieftains, the Buckeyes should be undefeated entering their game against Alexander on Oct. 21 in week nine.
Tune into Gridiron Glory this Friday Sept. 23 at 11:30 p.m. on WOUB for highlights and game analysis of Nelsonville-York’s game against the Chieftains.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Nelsonville.