The Tug Valley Panthers enter the 2015 season riding high atop the success of last year’s 11-2 season.
The Panthers won their first playoff game in school history last season and the success has prompted a lot of changes to be made around the athletics program. Work is currently underway on a new athletic complex and football field.
Head coach Tony Clusky is hoping to capitalize on his returning talent this year. First team All-State Class A player Jeremy Dillon will be returning for his sophomore year. Last season, as a freshman, Dillion not only led the team in offensive scoring, but also in defensive stops.
As an offensive player, Dillon rushed for 369 yards on 66 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per game; he scored 4 rushing touchdowns on the year. Dillon led the team in receptions, with 424 yards on 22 receptions averaging 19.3 yards per catch and scoring six receiving touchdowns during the season. Dillon also added some statistics as a passer; Dillon completed 12 of 22 passing attempts for 184 yards and three passing touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball Dillon displayed amazing talent leading the team in tackles. Jeremy had 111 tackles over the course of the season while adding 5 sacks for the defense. Dillon forced 5 fumbles and recovered six during the season.
Dillon made one point after attempt field goal but added 6 two point conversions to the scoreboard.
The young freshman was not sure he would be able to play during the 2014 season because of an injury he had sustained during his eight grade year after having an all-terrain vehicle accident. Dillon had a metal rod placed in his leg and missed his entire eight grade season with the exception of the championship game which he played very little.
Dillon bounced back after the injury to produce an amazing freshman season for the Tug Valley Panthers. The Charleston Gazette –Mail has already named Dillon as a preseason All-State prospect.
One thing is for sure Dillon will have plenty of room to run when Tug Valley finishes their new football field.
(William Plaster is the sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News, he can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext.2274 or at [email protected] or on twitter @sidplaster)