Preview: Maysville, Crooksville Kick Off MVL Season

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Two-a-days are finally over, which means teams are getting ready for the start of the 2013 season. In the MVL, what better way to start off a new campaign than with a conference game on a Thursday night? Crooksville will host Maysville Thursday to kick off another high school football season.

The Crooksville Ceramics have been looking forward to this game since before two-a-days began. In week six of the 2012 season, the Maysville Panthers hosted the Ceramics and defeated them by a score of 34-7. The Ceramics are looking for a different result this year.

Coming off of a season in which the Panthers finished second in the conference with a 9-1 record, Maysville looks to knock Tri-Valley from the top spot in the MVL this time around. Second-year head coach Craig Clark has a lot of faith in his returning backfield, which will be a huge advantage this year. Juinor Jacob Miller already has a full year of starting experience at quarterback. Eli Chambers, also a junior, returns at running back. The two will be relied on to contribute a lot to the offense, entering a second year in Clarke’s system.

As for Crooksville, coming off of a 4-6 season is motivation to take the year one game at a time, and that is exactly what the Ceramics are focused on. Head coach Brent Gorby told Gridiron reporters during two-a-days that the team has goals to win the MVL and get to the playoffs in 2013. Crooksville brings a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the ball, led by senior quarterback Austin Ebert and senior tailback Dylan Love. Defensively, the Ceramics will try to stop Maysville’s running attack with an eight-man front in their new 4-4 scheme.

Thursday night’s matchup should set the tone for an exciting year in the MVL. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Avery T. Jennings contributed to this report.