Those who say the outcomes of games are often decided by the play in the trenches have to like what they see with this season's Steel Valley team.
The Ironmen's strength lies in their line play. Four starters return along the lines, and all start on both sides of the ball. The lines are anchored by Division I prospect Corey Pinkerton (6-2, 285, Sr.) and also include Shane King (5-11, 255, Sr.), Vinny Steele (5-11, 255, Jr.) and Tyrell White (6-0, 275, Jr.).
Reaping the benefits of experienced linemen is last season's leading rusher, D'Andre Pickens (5-8, 170, Sr.). Connor Stevens (6-0, 180, Jr.) is the projected starter at quarterback and his favorite target figures to be wide receiver Derek Taylor (5-9, 170, Sr.).