Aces Welcome New Field, New Role Players

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The Amanda-Clearcreek Aces spent the summer renovating not only their stadium, but also their team.

Similar to the stands in “The Pit” that have been in place since the 1960s, Amanda-Clearcreek’s offense has revolved around the run game for years.

This season, head coach Scott Hinton wants his spread-based team to be more wide open than in year past. But with a running back like Jordan Leasure, it’s hard not to hand it off.

Last year, Leasure was a force on the field, rushing for over 1,800 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns.

For Leasure’s senior year, his personal goals revolve around the Aces.

“I want to go as far as we can go. I want to get 15 games,” Leasure said.

Reaching that goal begins with the team’s veterans. Coach Hinton has faith in his small group of seniors’ abilities to lead younger players when kickoff arrives.

“We’re going to be young,” Hinton said. “You have one choice when you’re young: you work.”

Those young players will have their work cut out of them when competing in such a competitive league. Playing in the Mid-State Buckeye League added fuel to the Ace’s fire this summer.

“Each week you better be ready to play football or you’re going to lose football games,” Hinton said of Amanda-Clearcreek’s difficult league.

Position battles across multiple positions kept the compete rates high throughout the summer, according to Hinton. Senior quarterback Landon Roberts appreciated what those position battles did for the team.

“Competition is good, it helps push ourselves,” Roberts said.

Although the Aces will start their season on the road against Lakewood this Friday, the team will step onto their new and improved field September 4 against Meigs. Hinton looks forward to the community’s support.

“There’s a lot of pride I can tell you that.”