CENTERBURG — Two football teams with opposite things on their minds will square off in the season-opener Friday.
The host Centerburg Trojans are looking at making their mark in a new league this fall, while the a young Utica Redskins squad is just looking to compete for new head coach Charlie Smith. The former Mid-Buckeye Conference teams will battle in the Mount Vernon News Killbuck Savings Bank Game of the Week at 7 p.m. at Centerburg.
The Trojans have a solid core of veterans returning as they embark to the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference. Leading the way is three-year starter Tyler Stoyle at quarterback.
Stoyle passed for 1,752 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, but will have a new crop of receivers to throw to this year. He will have the benefit of a veteran line and ground game to help keep the defenses on their heels.
Sanford Holden, Dalton Webb, Reece Craker and Cody Nininger all return to the offensive line, while the team’s top four rushers also return. Jeremy Sesma is the breakaway threat, while Joey Valentine will chew up yardage in the middle of the field.
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