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Buckeye Valley at Delaware

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Delaware is looking to get out to a better start this season than it did a year ago.

The Pacers play host to Buckeye Valley on Friday, Aug. 30.

Last season, the Pacers lost to the Barons 35-23 in the opener and went on to finish 3-7.

Buckeye Valley, which finished 7-3 last year, returns just four starters.

The Barons' offense uses multiple I-formations. Kyle Doubikin is expected to take over at quarterback for 2013 graduate Caleb Green and Ben Kidwell, Austin Harsh, Gavin Terry and Tucker Smith all are expected to see time at tailback or fullback.

Buckeye Valley's receiving corps includes Garrett Purcell, Jake Spaulding Austin Kelleher and Gabe Miller at wide receiver and Gardon Wycoff at tight end.

Wyatt Pfeifer (6-foot-3, 245 pounds) and Jack Baesman anchor the Barons' offensive and defensive lines, and Kidwell, Harsh and Smith are expected to be the starting linebackers in Buckeye Valley's 4-3 defense.

The Pacers have returned nine starters on offense and 10 on defense.

"I think it's imperative for us to come out and set the tone early in the game and set it for the season as well," coach Zebb Schroeder said. "We are trying to build a winning tradition and remain poised, confident and hungry. We've been working hard and we'd like to start the season strong."

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