When the boys from Ohio come out of the Don Drumm Stadium tunnel and rush onto the field Friday evening for the 20th Annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis Football Classic, they will be led by head coach Eric Huck.
Huck was chosen to guide the Ohioans after leading his alma mater Fort Frye to an 8-3 season this fall. The Cadets claimed a share of the Pioneer Valley Conference championship in 2012 and also earned a birth in the Ohio Division III state playoffs, losing in the first round to Kirtland.
Huck has helped turn the Fort Frye football program into a year-in, year-out contender. After his first season as the Cadets' head coach in 2008, in which they went 3-7, Fort Frye has not suffered a losing season.
Overall, Huck has compiled a 29-22 record in five seasons leading the Fort.
The Ohio boss is quite familiar with BACF games. Huck, a 1996 graduate of Fort Frye High, played wide receiver and defensive back in just the third BACF contest ever in '96.
About ten years later, Huck had the opportunity to be an assistant coach under head man Chad Coffman for the Ohio squad.
Now, Huck will lead the way for the team from the Buckeye State.
"I've been apart of it basically since it started," Huck said.
"It's pretty special to me."
Huck and his team certainly face a challenging task, as the Bobby Burnside-coached West Virgina team will be chomping at the bit to get back on the winning track.
The West Virginians had won two years in a row before Ohio ran away last year with a 48-0 victory last year.
Overall, W. Va. leads the series 12 wins to Ohio's seven.
In this year's BACF game, if Huck can produce the same kind of results he has throughout his career at Fort Frye, Ohio figures to have a good shot at claiming a second victory in a row.