NELSONVILLE — The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes are playing for history when the Logan Chieftains visit Dave Boston Field on Friday night.
After defeating the Chieftains the last two seasons 42-6 and 50-0, respectively, the Buckeyes can make it three straight versus one of their most bitter rivals.
Nelsonville-York has never won three straight versus the Chieftains since the school opened in 1967, and even the Nelsonville Greyhounds — the Buckeyes’ predecessor in this US-33 rivalry — failed to do so between 1912 and 1966.
The young Buckeyes are led on offense by a pair of freshmen. Tailback Alex Mount (5-11, 160) has rushed for 577 yards and five touchdowns on 66 carries. Mount had a monster game against Berne Union, running for 333 yards and three scores.
Joining Mount in the backfield is classmate Noah Andrews (5-9, 185), a fullback who has run for 158 yards and four scores on 33 carries.
Mount left last week’s game against River Valley with an ankle injury, but many believe it was precautionary and expect Mount to be healthy on Friday. Expect Andrews to be the tailback if Mount is not able to go, moving sophomore Jakob Talbert (5-5, 165) to fullback.
Colton Adams (6-4, 175, junior) will be the quarterback. Adams has completed 21-of-52 passes for 212 yards with one touchdown while throwing four interceptions.
Jeremy Warren (5-11, 140, junior) has six receptions for 92 yards, tight end Cannon Kilbarger (6-3, 165, senior) adds five catches for 51 yards. Andrews and Mount have combined for eight receptions for 54 yards.
The Buckeye offensive line averages 244 pounds from tackle to tackle and is led by seniors Jason Riffle (6-1, 245) at center and Justin Coon (5-10, 270) at tackle. Paul Varner (5-11, 220, sophomore) and Cameron Mount (6-0, 235, junior) are the guards with Patrick McQuade (5-10, 250, junior) the other tackle. Eli Fox (6-2, 174, senior) adds depth.
Defensively, the Buckeyes have been stout against opposing running games in their 4-4 defense. N-Y has allowed only 364 rushing yards this season. The defense against passing games has been a thorn in the Buckeyes' side, however.
Neil Polley (6-1, 280, senior) and Jay Elliott (6-0, 265, junior) lead the defensive line at the tackle spots while Fox, Donovan Ross (6-0, 155, junior), Jayson Talbert (5-8, 185, senior) and Matt Carter (5-10, 195, freshman) all rotate at defensive end.
David Ray (5-9, 165, junior) and Dakota Mays (5-11, 160, junior) lead the Buckeye defense at inside and outside linebacker, respectively. Mays suffered an injury last week against River Valley and his status for Friday night is up in the air. Andrews will line up at inside linebacker while Jakob Talbert will be outside. Jordan Adkins (5-8, 180, senior) adds depth at linebacker.
Walker Elliott (5-8, 145, sophomore) and Warren will be the cornerbacks while Kilbarger will play free safety. Billy Seel (5-9, 140, junior) adds depth in the secondary.
Warren will punt and return kicks and, if the Buckeyes attempt extra points, he’ll be doing the kicking. N-Y is likely to attempt two-point conversions instead of point-after kicks.
Logan football historian Spencer Waugh of loganfootball.com previews the Chiefs’ opponent every Thursday in The Logan Daily News.