Tyler Corbit -- TVC-Ohio Player of the Year Favorites
It can be said that the TVC has never been more open than it will be this
year. It will take a special group of players to win their school a TVC
title. Here is a look at some of the skill players, sorted by team, that
could make all the difference.
Keegan Wilburn - Senior - H-back NY
First, a player that needs no introduction. Wilburn is committed to play
football at a division one school for a reason. The kid can straight up
play and has been making plays since his freshmen year. While his stats
were a bit down his junior year, expect big things from his senior year. In
2018 he had over 1,000 yards on the ground and over 300 receiving yards
with 15 touchdowns on the ground. In 14 games in 2017, Wilburn had over
1,200 yards on the ground coupled with nearly 750 receiving yards. He has
had an entire year to continue to play with and develop even better
chemistry with Mikey Seel as well. Wilburn can beat teams from almost any
position on offense and isn’t too bad on defense either. No one should be
surprised if Wilburn is the TVC-Ohio offensive player of the year by the
end of the season
Mikey Seel - Senior - QB NY
Seel did not have the best 2018 season but expect him to come back strong
in 2019. Seel spent a season getting acclimated to being a varsity
quarterback, now expect him to really take over, especially with a
quarterback guru like Rusty Richards coaching him. Seel threw for a modest
1,100 yards and 9 TDs in 2018, but I can see him having a Brendan Sano
style breakout senior year. With a full year of experience now under
center, as well as his top two receivers (Wilburn and Brandon Phillips)
returning, expect Seel’s level of play to elevate this season. Yardage and
completion percentage-wise, Seel put up numbers similar to Hunter Edward’s
senior season. If he can cut down on the turnovers, and be more efficient,
a dominant season for Nelsonville-York should be expected.
Joey Moore - Junior -QB Athens
Moore has the daunting task of replacing Clay Davis under center for the
Athens Bulldogs. Davis had two of the best seasons Athens has seen under
center since a kid by the name of Joey Burrow was playing under the lights
of R. Basil Rutter field. Moore does have Nathan White as his head coach,
however. White is an offensive genius who is incredibly talented at
unlocking the best in every quarterback. Moore also does not fit the
pocket-passer mold of previous Bulldog quarterbacks. He is an all-around
athlete who is just as capable with his legs as his arm. Moore served as
the Dogs main returner and had roughly 300 receiving yards. His talent as
an option quarterback was briefly on display when he exploded for a 57-yard
touchdown run, where he went untouched. Expect White to utilize various
plays and schemes to maximize the talents of Moore.
Nate Trainer - Senior - WR Athens
Trainer spent two seasons behind Treyce Albin and Robert Dickelman on the
depth chart, now that he is WR1 for the dogs, it is clear he took a lot of
notes from those two. Trainer was the go-to option for Clay Davis and he
will likely stay in that role for Joey Moore. Trainer had over 600
receiving yards and 5 TDs this season and with the graduation of Logan
Maxfield, it is likely that Trainer will get even more targets this season.
Trainer can also lineup as a defensive back. He recorded an interception
against Nelsonville-York and will likely be asked to covering the opposing
team’s best receiver. Trainer has a ceiling similar to that of Maxfield or
Albin. As the now clear cut, the main option in Nathan White’s offense,
expect the numbers to improve for Trainer.
Coulter Cleland - Sophomore - QB Meigs
As just a freshman, Cleland led the entire TVC-Ohio in passing yards. He
threw for over 1,900 yards in his first varsity campaign, and there is no
reason to expect less from his sophomore year. As Cleland grows and
matures, he will only develop more. One of his favorite targets, Weston
Baer, is back this season. At the same time, Cleland loses top receivers
Zach Bartrum and Cole Adams. He will put up great numbers regardless of who
lines up at receiver. Meigs also did not have a single back run for over
400 yards this past season. They are slowly turning into an air-it-out
offense and can expect to find more success as Cleland matures in the
pocket and cuts out the rookie mistake. If Meigs next head coach focuses on
the passing game the same way Mike Bartrum did, expect big numbers. Cleland
is on a trajectory similar to that of Clay Davis, Hunter Edwards and dare I
say, Joe Burrow.
Weston Baer - Senior - WR Meigs
Baer is more known for his contributions on the hardwood than on the
gridiron, but when Baer is on the field, he can be just as dangerous as
when he laces up the sneakers. Baer only suited up in eight games for the
Marauders this past fall, but when he was on the field, his contributions
were evident. Baer hauled in 32 passes for 397 yards and 5 TDs. These
numbers may not jump out at you, but remember, he had two fewer games and
had both Cole Adams and Zach Bartrum ahead of him on the depth chart. Baer
put up phenomenal numbers for a third option. With both Bartrum and Adams
gone, his number 6 will get called a lot more. So long as Cleland grows as
a passer, the connection between he and Baer will be what keeps Meigs
afloat in the TVC race.
Logan Baker - Senior - RB Vinton County
Vinton County replaced an all-time great player in Naylan Yates with Cade
Sibner, who in just one season smashed Vinton County rushing records. With
Sibner now gone, the offense will fall into the hands of Sibner’s
understudy, Logan Baker. As a bruising fullback used mostly in
short-yardage situations, it was common to see Baker carry multiple
defenders with him before being tackled. Now, as the focal point of the
offense, not having to split as many carries, big things could be in store
for Baker this season. If new head coach Travis Bethel incorporates a
similar wishbone offense, expect Baker to put up big numbers. Baker most
featured as a blocking back for Sibner, but now, it is expected that the
keys to the offense fall in Baker’s hands.
Kaleb Easley - Senior - QB Alexander
The 2019 Spartans will run through Easley. He will graduate as a three-year
starter under center and has steadily improved throughout his tenure.
Easley threw for over 700 yards in his junior campaign. He excelled at
keeping defenses off balance with his athleticism, and his ability to get
things done with his legs. The Spartans have not been airing the ball out a
lot over the past few years, but Easley could be the one to change it. He
has a strong arm, and forces defenses to stay honest. Defensively, Easley
had 91 tackles on the year and was an all-TVC and all-district linebacker.
He truly is one of the best two-way players in the league.
Rylan Molihan - Senior - H-Back Wellston
Molihan continues the trend of dominant running backs from Wellston.
Molihan came in right behind Travis Jayjohn and didn’t miss a beat. Molihan
has been suiting up on Friday night’s and making an impact for Wellston
since he was a freshman. His leadership will be crucial if the first season
under new head coach Mike Smith is to be successful. Molihan is quick out
of the backfield, has solid hands, and is an all-out athlete. He plays
three sports for the Golden Rockets and is a key contributor in all of
them. Both an all-TVC selection in football and basketball, Molihan will be
key as the 19-20 face of Wellston athletics.
Jared Reese - Senior - RB River Valley
River Valley went 1-9 last year, however, they have reasons to believe that
the 2019 season will treat them better. One of the reasons why is Reese.
The rising senior was a District V special mention player and will likely
be the focal point of the Raider offense this year. Reese averaged over 6
yards a carry and had four touchdowns. He also had two receiving touchdowns
as well. With the departure of Layne Fitch, the entire offense falls on
Reese. Expect an increase in touches and usage for Reese as River Valley
tries to rebuild this season.