NAUGATUCK – For the first time in the last three seasons, the Tug Valley Panthers will start the season with a new quarterback calling the signals behind center.
“Sherman will be a tough task for our football team. We have to cut down on turnovers and we had way too many in our scrimmages,” said head coach Tony Clusky.
“It will be nice to play at home for our first game. I hope our fans show up and help this young team out,” Clusky added.
“We are still trying to figure out our identity on defense. We have some players that have to get better in a hurry. But, we had a great week of practice,” he added.
Tyler Conley, a 5-11, 175 lb. sophomore, will take over the reins for head coach Tony Clusky. The Panthers will entertain Boone County opponent Sherman in the season opener at home on Friday night.
“I’m very confident in Conley, he is just a complete football player that loves the game,” Clusky said of his young signal caller.
Conley got some playing time last year in junior varsity games, but he is no stranger to the football field. He started on defense last season and was one of the team’s leading tacklers on that side of the football.
Another young starter will be at fullback. Phillip Lucas, 6-2, 208 lb., will not only be a blocking back, but will get plenty of carries.
Senior David Runyon returns as the tailback. The 5-11, 195 lb. back will also be a leader on defense at linebacker.
“Dave (Runyon) will provide a lot of leadership, he has done a great job being a captain,” Clusky said.
Tug Valley has a young, but huge offensive line that will help lead the way. They include Jonathan Farley (Jr., 6-4, 315 lbs.), McKinly Pack (Jr., 6-3, 277 lbs.) , Dusty Mills (So., 6-6, 270 lbs.), Dalton Spaulding (Jr., 5-6, 240 lbs.) and Dwayne Marcum (Jr., 6-3, 215 lbs).
Clusky will be assisted by David Ledger, Tyler Hodge, Greg Smith and Dale Oliver, while the trainers are Tommy Fitzpatrick and Joey Childers.