Andrew Sayer and Cody Workman got quiet when asked about playing the first home game of their senior season.

Andrew Sayer and Cody Workman got quiet when asked about playing the first home game of their senior season.

After a pause, they set the stage for what will be an emotional moment Friday, Sept. 9, for the 16 seniors on the Johnstown-Monroe High School football team.

The players will be flanked by fans as they descend stairs leading to the 50-yard line at Frank Chambers Stadium. The scene will pump them up before kickoff against Buckeye Valley.

"It's going to be something special. ... Something that will last forever," said Workman, a three-year starter at quarterback. "It's a special feeling. When you walk down those steps, you're going to get some butterflies and jitters.

"You look around and you see all of the people there, you have to win for them. The whole town is there watching and it's important to win for them."

"There's nothing like it," said Sayer, a two-year starter at running back. "It's really special for me and the other seniors. It will be the first time for our last season. I'm excited to be able to do that with my brothers."

Buckeye Valley lost its opener to Delaware 20-13 on Aug. 26 and defeated Whetstone 39-12 on Sept. 2.

Barons quarterback Ben Spaulding was 14-for-23 passing for 160 yards and rushed for a 1-yard touchdown against Delaware. Teren Wycoff rushed for 54 yards on 12 carries, and Chris Santillan had a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception.

Last season, Workman ran for 116 yards and a 53-yard touchdown on 16 carries in a 13-3 win over the Barons.

"We need to make sure that we come out strong and ready to play," Workman said. "We didn't in our opener and we started slow in our scrimmages, especially on offense. As soon as we hit the field, we have to go as hard as we can. We have some little things to fix, but the big thing is coming out strong."

In a 29-12 win at Chillicothe on Aug. 26, the Johnnies trailed 12-0 until a Justin Franklin touchdown just before halftime. Sayer had two second-half touchdowns and Franklin added another as the offense came to life.

"It was our first game, so there was a little bit of nerves there," Sayer said. "We still have some work to do. We have to come out strong and not put ourselves in that situation again."

Franklin finished with 125 yards on 30 carries, and Workman was 7-for-10 passing for 103 yards.

Defensively, Nate Taylor had an interception and a fumble recovery. Isaia Jacob also had an interception and Sayer recovered a fumble.