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Muscle Connection H.S. Football Preview: Columbiana Clippers

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio -

Coach Bob Spaite is in his 24th season as the head coach of the Clippers. 

He has seen a lot over his tenure and knows how to deal with it.  This year is no different with 61 players, including four starters on defense and three on offense.

"We're going to have to get through some adversity," Spaite said. He opens the season against Western Reserve followed by McDonald and Springfield.

"We don't have a lot of room for error early on. We'll know exactly where we are after the first three weeks, " Spaite said. "The players are excited about the opportunity. It's their chance."

The strength of the Clippers could be on defense. Zach Witherow returns at linebacker, James Hum is on the defensive line along with Frank Rupert at inside linebacker and Zach Phillips at corner.

Offensively, Dustin Bennett returns at slot and Jared Nemick at wide receiver.

The Clippers are one of eight schools in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference, who debut this season.         

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