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2017 preview: Buckeye Trail Warriors

BUCKEYE TRAIL_Coach Donny Kerns.jpg
BUCKEYE TRAIL_Coach Donnie Kerns.jpg

Schedule

8/26 at Ridgewood.................7 p.m.
9/1 Newcomerstown.............7 p.m.
9/8 Barnesville..........................7 p.m.
9/15 at Claymont.....................7 p.m.
9/22 Indian Valley....................7 p.m.
9/29 at Strasburg.....................7 p.m.
10/6 at Malvern.........................7 p.m.
10/13 Tuscarawas Central....7 p.m.
10/20 Sandy Valley...................7 p.m.
10/27 at East Canton...............7 p.m.

Coach's Corner

Head Coach: Donnie Kerns

Coaching History: Barnesville (2007), Buckeye Trail (2008-12), Meadowbrook (2013), Buckeye Trail 2014-present.

If I wasn`t a coach, I`d be a ____? On the beach somewhere

College attended: Ohio University

Record as head coach: 6-4

Greatest moments as head coach? Beating Meadowbrook 39-38

What Person inspired you to coach? Bill Star and Mike Kerns

Family info: Wife Amanda; Daughters Avery and Laney

A positive comment about another OV football coach/program: "Kevin Gunn at Cambridge is a mentor for any young coach. Cambridge is lucky to have such a great guy leading their program.”

Quote about your team`s upcoming season: “We have to make a lot of strides if we want to reach success like we experienced in 2016.”

School/Team Information

High School: Buckeye Trail High School

Address: 65555 Wintergreen Road Lore City, OH 43755

School phone number: 740-489-5005

Athletics Director: Steve Tellep (740-489-5005)

Contact for tickets: Steve Tellep

Last team in playoffs: 2007

Last year’s record: 6-4

Playoff appearance/record 3/2-3

Last conference title: 2007 (OVAC and PVC)

Ohio Division: VII

Type of offense: Power spread

Type of defense: Stack

Greatest moment in team history: Winning 1994 regional final

Mascot: Warriors

School Colors: Blue, White

Best Known Alumni: Jeff Snedegar, John Robinson, Chris Starr

School’s biggest rivals (Barnesville, Shenandoah, Caldwell)

Stadium Information

Stadium Name: Baker Activity Complex

Type Of Turf: Grass

Capacity: 2,750

Player Information

How many returning offensive players: 6 (Kirkland Davis, Xavier Hermon, Austin Snodgrass, Chase Stillion, Geno Cizmadia, Zack Grafton).

How many returning defensive players: 9 (Joey Bridgeman, Geno Cizmadia, Matt Stimpert, Chris Stillion, Chandler Hixon, Austin Snodgrass, Tyler King, Zack Grafton)

How many returning lettermen: 19

Key players lost to graduation: Troy Pontius, Kyle Wilson, Gerrod Williams, Carter Streiff, T.J. Grafton.