GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman football cooperative is redefining the adage about strength in numbers.
In the fourth year of Josh Cavanaugh’s coaching tenure with the Buffaloes, there are four seniors. Only one — Andy Nicholson — has played with G-RF/C all four years.
What the team lacks in veteran players, it more than makes up for with a strong showing in the weightroom.
Eight squad members are in the 1,000-pound club when combined totals for bench, squad and dead lifts are combined.
Four of the team’s five captains — Dylan Bina, Colby Roberson, Troy Rodriguez and Matthew Willaman — are in that group along with Dakoda Chapman, Michael Chittick, Jesse Munoz and Jake Osborne.
The G-RF/C captains include one senior (Bina) and four juniors. Receiver Dylan Mills is the other captain.
As for the seniors, Cavanaugh said, “all of them will play roles and contribute significantly.”
Nicholson is “hard-nosed,” the coach said, and can be used in the backfield, as a receiver or in the secondary. Bina transferred from Danville after his freshman year and rushed for 388 yards last fall.
Senior Tyler Hart is a candidate at guard or tackle, and defensively, Cavanaugh said, “is one of our hardest kids to block.” He ran cross-country as a sophomore before returning to football last fall.
Quarterback Rylee Goodwin passed for 576 yards as a sophomore for last year’s 6-4 team.
The 53-member squad includes three athletes from Chrisman. Senior defensive tackle Gunner Fletcher is in his first year of football.
Following up on a year when the Buffaloes had two home games, G-RF/C will play six games at home, including the first three. The opener is Aug. 30 against Decatur Lutheran.