Updated Thu, Aug 23, 2012 5:41 pm
Both the Nelsonville-York Buckeyes and Trimble Tomcats enter their Week 1 matchup with the bitter tastes of second-place finishes in 2011. The Buckeyes fell in excrutiating fashion to the Athens Bulldogs on the last day of the regular season while the Tomcats fell short of the Wahama White Falcons yet again in the TVC-Hocking.
A good start to avenging disappointing 2011 campaigns would be a win in Week 1 to build momentum going forward. With some viewing the 2012 season as a rebuilding one for N-Y, a win over Trimble Friday night could go a long way toward a return to the top of the TVC-Ohio. As for Trimble, a match-up with perennial TVC-Hocking favorite Wahama looms on Week 2, so a win against the always-tough Buckeyes would go a long way toward that game.
The Buckeyes will get to debut two of their newest players, D.J. and Joe Young who transfer via Wellston. Both are expected to contribute immediately. A big question for the Bucks early in the season is how they fare without quarterback Nathan Dean and running back Dustin Young. If the offense clicks early, it will be a long night for the Tomcats.
Trimble, on the other hand, is very experienced as they've only lost eight players from last year's playoff team, with many of those departing not contributing to the 2011 squad due to injury. Nelsonville will have their hands full with the Tomcat offensive and defensive lines which each return four starters. Konner Stanley is also back under center and looks to lead the team at quarterback.
The Tomcats and Buckeyes will duke it out Friday night at Boston Field with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
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