BYESVILLE, Ohio – Week one of the high school football season takes us to Byesville for the Muskingum Valley League Game of the Week.
This year’s matchup is a non-conference game. But come next year it will be a league game. In 2020 Meadowbrook, Coshocton, and River View will join the league.
Both teams had successful seasons last year that resulted in playoff berths. For Meadowbrook it was a historic season. The Colts finished 9-4 and won their first playoff game in school history. However, there’s a lot of change for Meadowbrook heading in 2019. Meadowbrook grad Coular Clendenning is replacing Jeff Twiddy as head coach.
He hopes to build on the success the Colts have had.
“I’ve always been an aggressive coach. I’ve always coached defense in my varsity career. I want to dial up blitzes and get them out of their comfort zone. I want to bring that aggressive mentality to our offense,” said Clendenning.
The Colts offense will run through senior running back Timmy Ferguson. Ferguson rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Colts last year while making third team All-Ohio.
John Glenn is looking to make the playoffs for a third season in a row. Matt Edwards returns for his fifth year in New Concord. In 2018 they finished 7-3 in the regular season and lost a heart-breaker in the first round of the playoffs to Indian Valley.
Evan Williams is back at quarterback but is still recovering from an injury. If he’s not ready to go for Friday’s game, then then offense will likely be given over to junior Anthony Perkins. Whoever starts at quarterback will have a veteran offensive line in front of them. JG returns four of their five starting offensive linemen.
The Muskies will have to try to find a replacement for Joseph Clifford, who is now running track at Nebraska. The versatile wide receiver led the MVL with 12 touchdowns last year.
Defense was the Muskies calling card last year. They gave up just three touchdowns in the final six games of the regular season. Matt Edwards says they’ll lean on the defense again.
“Our front seven will be just as good as last year. We have some young kids in the secondary that have to grow up quick. We are going to be a little different football team this year, but I think our defense has the potential to be really good,” said Edwards.
This is the fourth year in a row that the boarder rivals have opened the season with each other. Last year Meadowbrook won in overtime 32-26.
You can listen to Friday’s game on Z92 Radio. David Kinder and Greg Mitts have the call. Pre game coverage starts at 6:30 with the kickoff at 7.
Other area Friday night games:
Logan at Tri-Valley
Maysville at New Philadelphia
Licking Valley at Sheridan (WHIZ-TV Game of the Week)
West Muskingum at Berne Union
Johnathan Alder at Philo
Fairfield Union at New Lexington
Crooksville at Warren
Morgan at Marietta
Newark at Zanesville (Listen on AM 1240 Radio)
St. Mary Central Catholic at Rosecrans
Indian Valley at Coshocton
Indian Creek at Cambridge
River View at Lakewood