Newcomerstown celebrates the century of football

Newcomerstown's Hunter Amore bursts through the banner welcoming the team to the field at Lee Stadium on August 26.  The Newcomerstown community celebrated the 100th anniversary of local school football with a gathering of former players, coaches, cheerleaders and more.

NEWCOMERSTOWN — Friday nights at the high school in late summer and early fall are packed with marching bands, rowdy fans, cheerleaders and, of course, football. But there’s so much more involved when it’s the 100th anniversary of all that stuff.

On August 26, the Newcomerstown community came together to celebrate 100 years of football in the community which includes undefeated seasons, All-Ohioans and of course Ohio’s own Mr. Football, Woody Hayes, who went from Newcomerstown High School to become the coach of the Ohio State University Buckeyes and multiple national championships. And, to cap off the night, the Trojan soccer team ended the night with a 54-0 victory over Beallsville.

Dave Osso of Newcomerstown, who has been the Trojans’ announcer for a number of years, said, “Anything that reaches a centennial is special, but when it comes to the history of America’s favorite sport in your own high school and, by extension, in your own hometown, then it becomes something extraordinary. The fact that Newcomerstown has kept its small town identity, colors and mascot at a time when many schools have been consolidated over the years made it an even bigger event than it was already going to be.”

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