Nelsonville-York scouting report: Three excellent juniors to lead hungry group of Buckeyes
NELSONVILLE — Since Nelsonville-York High School opened in 1967, Dave Boston, Sr. has been a constant force in the Buckeye football program.
Not only is the Buckeyes’ home filed named after him, but until this week he, his son Dave Boston Jr., and his son-in-law Kevin Meade had been the only head coaches in the school’s history.
That all changed on Monday when assistant coach Jason Andrews was terminated by the Nelsonville-York school board and the board accepted the resignations of both Bostons — Dave Boston Sr. was serving as an assistant to his son — following an alleged altercation that took place last Friday night.
So the Buckeyes, who were already going to play like caged animals following back-to-back home losses to Liberty Center (33-12) and River Valley (23-12), will have their emotions ratcheted to a whole-new level.
Earich Dean, a longtime coach in the program, will serve as the interim coach starting on Friday night against the Chieftains.
Dean, who has been the offensive coordinator this season, has three excellent juniors in the backfield to work with. The Buckeyes will likely continue to be a diverse power-run offense. The Buckeyes will spread the field, but still look to win the line of scrimmage and run the football.
Tailback Alex Mount (6-1, 193) leads the team with 497 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 80 carries. The workhorse back also leads the team with seven receptions for 65 yards.
Noah Andrews (5-10, 203) will be the fullback and has rushed for 137 yards and one score on 26 carries. Andrews has made six catches for 16 yards.
Hunter Edwards (6-3, 185), the third junior, is in his third season as the starting quarterback. He has completed 27 of 54 passes for 379 yards with a pair of scoring tosses and has thrown three interceptions. The dual threat quarterback is second on the team with 146 yards rushing and a pair of scores on 52 carries.
Other Buckeye playmakers include ends Garrett Maiden (5-10, 160, sophomore), Walker Elliott (5-8, 172, senior), Aron Davis (6-1, 190, junior), Chris Cook (5-10, 150, sophomore), and wingback Colt Yinger (5-7, 157, sophomore).
Ethan McCombs (5-11, 240, senior) and Micah Odenthal (5-11, 282, junior) are the tackles with Donovan McCollister (6-3, 235, freshman) and Matt Carter (6-2, 210, junior) playing guard. Paul Varner (5-10, 190, senior) is the center.
Defensively, the Orange and Brown will line up in their traditional 4-4 defense. N-Y is allowing 25 points per game and nearly five and a half yards per rush.
Up front, Skyler Canter (6-0, 294, junior) and Tyler Speelman (5-10, 172, sophomore) play inside at defensive tackle while Tyson McManus (6-3, 190, senior), Davis, and Andrews will all rotate at defensive end. Garret O’Nail (5-11, 175, junior) will play all along the defensive line.
Andrews and Jakob Talbert (5-5, 190, senior) are the primary inside linebackers, but Christian Berry (5-10, 182, junior) will play primarily outside linebacker and will move inside when Andrews plays end. Yinger plays outside with Elliott moving to linebacker when Andrews goes to end.
Elliott and Maiden are the primary cornerbacks with Mount adding depth. Cook will play free safety. Edwards will play all over the defensive backfield.
Maiden will handle the kicking and punting for the Athens Countians. Cook will return kicks and punts.