The official start of fall sports means one thing for Zanesville football, 30 hills

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio- You know football season has officially started in Ohio, when Zanesville is doing its traditional 30 hills.

It’s a tradition that dates back to 1971.

Zanesville football head coach, Chad Grandstaff said, “The best part about it is that you get to be apart of that brotherhood after you run those hills, that long line of some great football players that have ran the hill also.”

Things might have looked a little different this year, with the players spaced out and parents wearing masks. But the one thing that did stay the same was the work and commitment put in, to make sure every player did all 30 hills.

Zanesville senior center, Brayden Ziemer said, “I think it went good. Last year we broke the record for the fastest time and this year I feel we would have been close but obviously social distancing kind of took us back a little bit. But, I think we did good.”

Grandstaff said, “To watch those guys help each other and push each other with the ones that are struggling on the hill, that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. A bunch of guys together with that blood, sweat and tears and getting it done for each other. That’s a real measurement of your team and how far you’ve grown.”

When it comes down to it, the goal of the 30 hills isn’t to be the fastest, it’s simply about getting it done.

“The idea is to finish. It’s not a speed test or anything like that. It’s a brotherhood test and once you get that 30 and you get that t-shirt, you become part of that Blue Devil brotherhood,” Grandstaff said.

Ziemer said, “I’m done with my 30 hills and stuff but I’ll miss it. It really starts to hit you after that, you’ve started doing stuff for the last time.”

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