Nate Trainer only needed 113 receiving yards to set the new 10 game regular season record for receiving yards in a season for Athens. He put up 10 receptions, 172 total receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Setting the new record with 1,005 receiving yards on the season, the senior wide receiver’s historic night helped the Bulldogs most in their 69-26 blowout of River Valley on Friday at River Valley Stadium and helped Athens (5-4, 5-0 TVC-Ohio) clinch a share of the TVC-Ohio crown.
Trainer’s success was easy to find in the no-huddle offense that the Bulldogs utilized to dominate the Raiders. With a high-tempo offense that consisted of a heavy amount of screen passes, River Valley couldn’t keep up.
“It was specific for this team. That’s what we really liked this week,” coach Nathan White said. “Getting the ball to the edge quick, we felt like they were going to sit back and not give up the big play. So we felt like we could throw it underneath a little bit and get it to Nate (Trainer) and Peyton (Gail) and let them make plays.”
The Bulldogs never slowed down in their attack against the Raiders, even when they were up 41-14 at halftime or when they led 55-20 at the end of the third quarter. Athens wanted to ensure it sealed its share of the league title, and Trainer did the most to ensure that happened.
“It’s pretty neat, and I’m so glad it happened for Nate,” White said. “If you let me talk for two hours about Nate, I would not say much about him as a football player. He means so much to us as a leader. He’s a kid we rally around, and as a coach, I cannot wait to get to practice every day to see his attitude. He’s a guy that I’d take 100 of him.”
Trainer, however, was not aware that he broke the record.
But he couldn’t discuss his accomplishment without voicing his appreciation for his teammates and coaches.
“I actually didn’t know I broke it. That’s pretty awesome,” Trainer said with a smile. “It’s a great feeling. There’s been a lot of great players that have come through this program. I give a lot of credit to my teammates and coach White. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
With the last game of the regular season against Nelsonville-York coming up, Athens will look to continue it’s domination of TVC-Ohio opponents.
“You get to Week 10 against a rival with a chance to win the league,“ White said. “It’s a pretty neat feeling, and it’s a great way to end the season.”