Nelsonville-York scouting report: Buckeyes will again look to dominate line of scrimmage
NELSONVILLE — There are not many surprises when Logan and Nelsonville-York meet up on the gridiron, and Friday night won’t be much different.
The Buckeyes will look to dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball — something they have done successfully so far in 2014.
The Orange and Brown opened with a 34-14 loss to rival Trimble, but have rebounded with wins over state-power Newark Catholic (9-0), Berne Union (49-12), and resurgent River Valley (28-7).
Logan will be looking to even the current series at two wins apiece since the ancient rivalry resumed in 2011.
Including games against pre-consolidation Nelsonville High School, the Athens Countians have only won three games against Logan in a four-year span twice. The Greyhounds achieved that feat by winning in 1927, 1929, and 1930 while the Buckeyes did it 1994, 1996, and 1997.
The youth movement that played a part in the Buckeyes’ disappointing 4-6 season last fall has paid dividends so far in 2014. Three sophomores lead the Buckeyes in rushing.
Tailback Alex Mount (6-1, 176, sophomore) leads the Bucks with 428 yards and six touchdowns on 76 carries, but will likely miss Friday night’s game due to an injury.
Classmate Noah Andrews (5-9, 203, sophomore) adds 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 38 carries.
Quarterback Hunter Edwards (6-3, 181, sophomore) gives N-Y the aerial threat to keep opposing defenses honest. The signal-caller has completed 15 of 41 passes for 434 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He has ran for 169 yards on 38 carries.
Senior Jeremy Warren (6-0, 155) has emerged as a big-play threat. Warren will line up as a receiver, running back, and wing back, creating match-up issues for opposing defenses. Warren adds 113 yards and a touchdown rushing and has caught a team-high 12 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
Dakota Mays (5-11, 173, senior) is another pass-catching threat at tight end. Mays has grabbed three passes for 78 yards this fall. Walker Elliott (5-8, 168, junior) will see time at split end.
Senior center Jay Elliott (6-0, 268) is the rock on the offensive line and is joined by Patrick McQuade (5-10, 262, senior), Matt Carter (6-0, 199, sophomore), Ethan McCombs (5-11, 210, junior), and Cameron Mount (6-0, 258, senior). Skylar Canter (6-0, 200, sophomore) and Paul Varner (5-9, 185, junior) add depth up front.
The Buckeyes will line up in a five-man defensive front. Donovan Ross (6-1, 163, senior) and Andrews are the ends, Jay Elliott and Tyson McManus (6-3, 153, junior) the tackles, and junior Jakob Talbert (5-5, 182) playing nose guard. Varner adds depth for the Orange and Brown.
Mays, Aron Davis (6-1, 185, sophomore), Walker Elliott, and David Ray (5-8, 168, senior) will all rotate at the linebacker positions.
In the secondary, Mount and Warren will be the cornerbacks while Brycen Nungester (5-8, 150, senior) will play safety. Edwards may also see time at the free safety position.
Warren does the bulk of the work on special teams for N-Y. He will punt, hold on field goal tries, and return kicks and punts. Mays will handle the long-snapping duties while Garrett Maiden (5-9, 149, freshman) will do the placekicking.
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