Nelsonville-York Hopes To Reclaim Top of TVC-Ohio

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Last year the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes made themselves known on the field and in the Tri-Valley Conference. The team almost doubled its wins from the previous year. They ended the season in second with a record of 7-3 and 5-1 in the TVC-Ohio, with the Buckeyes making it to the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Unfortunately for the TVC, N-Y didn’t lose any major players to graduation. The team is relatively young and put in a lot of hours on the field this summer.

“We don’t go into the season knowing that someone is a league champion,” said coach Dave Boston. “We begin the season fighting to win a league championship.”

Returning to the gridiron this fall for the Buckeyes is quarterback Hunter Edwards. The junior spent his summer attending several summer camps to advance his skills and further develop his abilities.

“He’s a hard worker,” Boston said.

Other players to watch out for this season are fellow juniors Alex Mount and Noah Andrews, who combined for over 1,600 rushing yards last year.

“We have a great nucleus surrounding in our backfield,” Boston said.

With that strong backfield, the 2015 Gridiron Glory Player of the Year may arise for the TVC-Ohio.

As perfect as this team may seem, every team has weaknesses and the Buckeye’s can be found in their offensive line.

“We have to develop some offensive lineman when we are able to do that,” said Boston. “We have a short time to get there.”

The offensive line plays a crucial role in the game. They not only protect the quarterback, but also give him the time he needs to get the play rolling. The team still has some time to figure this out and when they do, they will be a force to be reckoned with.

The team is also relatively young. Last year the players that stood out the most on the field were only sophomores and they placed second in the TVC-Ohio and made the playoffs.

When asked if any players stood out on the field this summer, Boston could not pick just one.

“Our whole football team.This is a great group of kids and to speak of just one lineman would not be fair to the rest of them because they’ve worked hard as a group and try to prepare the best that they possibly can.”

With Athens’ loss of many key players, this may just be the year of the Buckeye. The Buckeyes of Ohio State may have passed on their magic touch to Nelsonville. N-Y will begin its season Aug. 29 at Trimble High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.