Pounding Pavement Podcast 2018


School: Athens High School


Head CoachRyan Knox

Years at School: This will be year 10

Overall Record: 62-37

Assistant Coaches: Joe Reed, Curtis Dion, Brett Ripple, Sean Knox, Bill Reed, Zach Reed, Fletcher Morgan, Willie Thompson, Tanner Maxwell

Last Year’s Conference Record: 7-2

Last Year’s Overall Record: 10-3

Postseason: Lost to Tuscola 21-14 in the Semifinals

2017 Team Scoring Average: 36 points per game

2017 Team Yards per Game Average: 351 yards per game

2017 Team Yards per Game Passing: 58 yards per game

2017 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 293 yards per game

2017 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 18 per game allowed

2017 Team Yards Allowed Per Game: 268 yards per game

2017 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing: 161 per game

2017 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing: 107 per game

School State Championships: 0

School Conference Championships: 0

Biggest Rival Game Every Year: In all seriousness. If the IHSA goes to Districts some our traditional rivalries may be lost. Williamsville and PORTA

Number of Players out this season: 60

Number of returning letterman:21

Number of returning starters: 11

Offense: 5 offense

Defense: 6 defense

Top Returnees from 2017


Nic Laird (runningback) 5’10” 180 lbs Junior

Attempts Yards TD’s Per Carry
98 908 14 9.3

Noah Tisdale (Tight End) 6’3″ 250 lbs Senior (extra blocker)

Receptions Yards YPC TD’s
9 78 8.6 3

Jesse Peters (3 years starter at Left Guard) 5’11” 215 lbs Senior

Riley Hughes (2 year starter at Right Tackle) 6’0″ 265 lbs Senior

Payton Shaffer (2 year starter at Right Guard) 6’0″ 245 lbs Junior


Noah Tisdale (Defensive End) Senior (3 year starter)

Kyler Dyer (Defensive Tackle) Senior (2 year starter)

Nic Laird (OLB) Junior 2 year starter

Riley Lopian (MLB) Junior 2 year starter

Evan Shuck (Corner) Senior 2 year starter

Dylan Fletcher (Free Safety) Junior 2 year starter

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Dalton DiGiovanna- Fullback Senior- He has waited patiently for his opportunity

Jack Richards- Quarterback Junior- taking over for a great leader

Caleb Orme- Running back- great off season

Logan Bushong- Left Tackle- from the bottom of the depth chart to the top (weight room transformation)

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2018 season?

Leadership, Still waiting for some to emerge.

Kicking and punting game

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting? 

Back to back years of having 60 players out. That is great for a school our size.

Head Coach Ryan Knox says:

“Playing Williamsville week 1 will have a different feel. Great opportunity for us to see where our team stands.”



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