defending Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division champion Sparta
Highland has the inside track for a fifth straight league title this
season. Marshall wouldn’t be surprised though if his team ends the
PLAYERS TO WATCH
FB/LB Scott Kidwell (6-2, 240, Sr.), C/DT Grant Georgic (6-2, 275, Jr.), OL/DL Cory Willis (6-2, 260, Sr.), TB Cody Hughes (5-10, 175, Jr.), QB Eric Wall (6-5, 210, Jr.), DE Hunter Lover (6-3, 215, Jr.), OL Scott Miller (6-0, 210, Jr.), LB Joe Myers (5-10, 175, Jr.), TE Steve Firkins (6-3, 200, Sr.)
2007 Record: 8-2
According to Buckeye Valley head coach Mike Marshall, four-time defending Mid Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division champion Sparta Highland has the inside track for a fifth straight league title this season. Marshall wouldn’t be surprised though if his team ends the Scots string.
“I believe one of the important keys for our season is staying healthy,” Marshall said. “If we do, we can challenge for the Red Division title. Since Highland has won the division the last four years you have to pick them as the favorites.”
Buckeye Valley isn’t far behind.
The Barons finished 8-2 last year losing to only Highland and Marion Pleasant (MOAC Blue Division champs), but the win total didn’t translate into the school’s third playoff berth. Instead of reaching the postseason for the first time since 1992, the Barons were 16th in Region 10.
Key holes include filling vacancies at quarterback, linebacker, kicker, defensive line and defensive back.
The Barons do however have plenty of strengths.
In addition to increased numbers, speed and size, Buckeye Valley also has a solid offensive line, which should aid in the development of Eric Wall (junior) as the new quarterback.
Other strengths include experience at the offensive skill positions (running back and receiver).
“I think we have the making of a nice offensive line which should help us to run the ball,” Marshall said. “Defensively, again, we should be competitive and strong. We need Wall to develop as a solid quarterback, find a kicker and things might look promising.”
Buckeye Valley has strengthened its schedule as well, adding Division I Delaware Hayes in Week 1.
8/22 HAYES (DELAWARE)
8/29 ELGIN (MARION)
9/5 @ PLEASANT (MARION)
9/12 RIDGEDALE (MORRAL)
9/19 RIVER VALLEY (CALEDONIA)
9/26 @ CARDINGTON-LINCOLN (CARDINGTON)
10/3 @ NORTHMOR (GALION)
10/10 HIGHLAND (SPARTA)
10/17 @ MOUNT GILEAD (MOUNT GILEAD)
10/24 @ NORTH UNION (RICHWOOD)