DRESDEN, Ohio – Tri-Valley has accomplished a lot in their long football history. One thing that has eluded them is an appearance in the state final four.
The Scotties will try to do just that when they battle Bishop Hartley this Friday in the regional final at Newark’s White Field. Tri-Valley has been to the post season nine previous times in school history. In everyone of those playoff appearances their season ended before Thanksgiving.
This year’s Tri-Valley team has had to earn everything they’ve got in the playoffs. In both their post season wins – against Marion Franklin and Bellefontaine – they trailed at halftime, only to come from behind to win. Last week doing so in an overtime thriller.
“Our kids and this group are so resilient and so tough and tough minded. And that’s such an underrated quality in sport and life. And this group regardless of what is going on, regardless of the circumstance, regardless of what’s gone against us in the game, they found a way to rally and get it done. That’s what’s made this group special,” said Tri-Valley head coach Justin Buttermore.
This is a Bishop Hartley team that has won back-to-back state championships and is looking to try to three-peat. They had no problems with New Philadelphia and Independence in their first two playoff games.
Hawks head coach Brad Burchfield admitted that this Scottie team will be one of the toughest they’ve faced all season.
“They do everything well. They’re well coached. They are very physical and fundamentally sound. Teams that are still playing week 13 are. They’re not going to beat themselves. We’re going to have to block all of their guys and tackle their great quarterback,” said Burchfield.
Friday’s game between the Scotties and the Hawks kicks off in Newark at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcasted live on Highway 103 Radio.