History of Tusky Valley Football
In 1955, the Tuscarawas County Board
of Education passed a resolution creating the Tuscarawas Valley
School District. It consolidated five local school districts; Bolivar-Lawrence,
Zoar, Mineral City-Sandy, Fairfield and New Cumberland-Warren. This
was a consolidation of basketball schools. No football was played
by any of these schools.
To start a football program $3,500.00
was taken from the athletic fund of Bolivar and Mineral City, and
the Tuscarawas Valley football program was born.
In 1956, Ed Baran the first football
coach issued a call for candidates to play football. There were
six weeks of practice and a few scrimmage games that first year.
In 1957, Tusky Valley played a seven
game schedule. They won their very first game over Malvern, 20 to
12. Walt Deubner, a sophomore, scored Tusky Valley's first touchdown
in the second quater. Tusky Valley went on to post a 4 - 3 record.
A great feat for a first year team.
Tusky Valley's first Quaterback was
Wayne Rouf, a senior, from Zoar. He ran the 100 yard dash in 10.1
seconds. The largest lineman was senior Scott Gordon, topping the
scales at 180 pounds.
The Trojans suited up for games at
the Bolivar School and were bussed to Strasburg for their games
until 1962 when the new high school was opened.
Russ Scheideger of Zoar founded the
Tusky Valley Booster Club in 1957. He served as it's president for
the first ten years, the football program chairman for twenty years,
athletic trainer for twenty-one years, football equipment manager
for four years, and basketball score keeper for ten years.
Thank you to Dennis McCartney for
organizing the information and providing the web class with many
of the statisitical records that are found on these pages.
A special thank you goes to Ron Scheideger
for keeping a running record of the statistical data and the history
of the Tusky Valley Football Program for so many years. Thanks Ron!
We really appreciate everything that you've done for the Tusky Valley
Also thanks goes to Gary Cornell for
helping keep statical data for so many years. It takes a substantial
amount of time and a commitment to the school to collect process
the statistical data on a weekly basis. Thank you Gary!
We would also like to thank everyone
else who has worked as a statistician or part-time statistician
over the years. Thank you for all of your time spent for the Tusky
Valley football program. Your efforts are also greatly appreciated.