DRESDEN – To battle for a spot on the Bowling Green football team, Chris DeLeau will have to be ready for anything.
The past two weeks might have been the perfect training ground for the Licking Heights graduate. Because the Licking County All-Star team was overloaded with linebackers, DeLeau moved to defensive end and made an impact.
“It was definitely fun getting to play (defensive end) rather than linebacker,” DeLeau said. “It was fun getting to go after the (quarterback) and running off the edge, so I enjoyed it.
“It shows you how much I have to work and grind and get better every day.”
Licking County fell 21-6 to Muskingum Valley this past Friday at Tri-Valley in the annual game. The defense, however, did its job in the second half and gave Licking County a chance to rally.
The defense stood tall in the final seconds of the first half, holding Muskingum Valley out of the end zone and keeping the deficit at 13-0. Then in the second half, DeLeau recovered a mishandled snap as Licking County got as close to 13-6, but two bad snaps led to eight Muskingum Valley points.
“Anytime you can stop them from scoring, it always sparks some energy,” DeLeau said.
DeLeau was joined by Heights teammates Tyler Angle and Antonio Anzalone who each played on the offensive line. Muskingum Valley controlled the line of scrimmage on each side of the ball to take an 18-16 lead in the series.
“We expected to win of course, but we fought hard and did what we could,” Angle said. “We put our differences aside and came together as one team.”
Angle will begin his college career at Muskingum next month. He will not have to be concerned with being out of shape.
“Between this and our off-season workout, it’s kicking my butt,” Angle said. “It’s worth it.”
Having played in the Licking County League the past two seasons and against Newark during the regular season this past fall, the former Hornets were familiar with many of their Licking County teammates.
DeLeau said he enjoyed a chance to meet and play on the same side of the ball as many of his rivals’ star players.
“It was fun bonding with everyone and meeting all of the LCL players,” DeLeau said. “It sucks we lost, but it was fun to play again with all of my friends.”