Led by Spiker, Tri-Valley looks to make playoffs again


Dresden Tri-Valley Scotties

Dresden Tri-Valley qualified for the playoffs last year as the No. 6 seed in Division II, Region 7, and won a first-round game on the road over Logan.

Behind West Virginia recruit Ryan Spiker on the line, the Scotties are optimistic heading into the season.


OL/DT Ryan Spiker (6-3, 300, Sr.), QB/FS Clay Cameron (6-0, 210, Jr.), C/DT Eric Reed (6-0, 245, Sr.), WR/SS Ross Allison (6-0, 195, Sr.), WR/CB Michael Lawler (6-3, 170, Sr.), WR/LB Jake Strock (6-1, 195, Sr.), RB/ILB Tyler Mautz (5-9, 195, Sr.).


2007 Record: 10-2, Regional semifinalist

Dresden Tri-Valley qualified for the playoffs last year as the No. 6 seed in Division II, Region 7, and won a first-round game on the road over Logan.

Spiker is ranked as the No. 19 senior prospect in the state by Ohio High and is a West Virginia recruit. He also had offer from Cincinnati, Indiana, Michigan State and N.C. State.

Spiker will be an offensive lineman in college, but he’s a disruptive defensive lineman as well in high school.

“Yeah, he’s pretty outstanding on both sides of the ball,” head coach Justin Buttermore said. “He’s a really good guard on offense. He also plays nose guard and really controls the middle of the defense.”

Cameron is considered one of the top juniors in the state and has started since his freshman year at defensive back. He now takes over the controls at quarterback and he has a big arm and is a physical runner.

Clay has a punishing running style for a quarterback, but he still runs fast for 210 pound kid,” Buttermore said.

Overall, the Scotties expect to get back to the playoffs and hope to advance far once they get there.

“We have high expectations for this group of kids,” Buttermore said. “Our program has come long way and these kids have come a long way. We have better overall depth in our senior class than ever before and we expect big things from the kids who have playing experience.”

Spiker also chimed in on what he expects from the team in his final prep season.

“We lost a good bit of seniors, but coming into this year, we have good QB in Clay Cameron and good receivers,” Spiker said. “I think if we keep going hard and putting the work in, we’re going to be a good team and maybe make it back to the playoffs.”

Tri-Valley runs a balanced offense out of the shotgun-spread formation. Buttermore says his team runs 60 percent of the time and throws 40. “Quarterback runs are a big part of our offense.”

If the Scotties make it to the postseason, Buttermore expects a very tough road in Region 7.

“I think you are going to see the usual suspects in the playoffs this year,” he said. “I think it’s the toughest D-II region in the state with the good Columbus teams like Watterson, DeSales and Dublin (Scioto). You also have Louisville and Canfield. Logan was a D-I playoff contender every year and they dropped down to D-II last year. We’ll have to fight just to get in the playoffs.”

Buttermore is entering his fifth season and has a career mark of 26-17.

Tri-Valley must replace a pair of first-team All-Ohio selections in QB Cam West and OL Adam Bice who each graduated.


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