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Three-Year Starting Middle Linebacker
Alliance Senior Middle Linebacker
For three years, the Alliance High football program featured Eddie Metcalf in the middle.Metcalf, a three-year starting middle linebacker for the Aviators who earned All-Ohio status last fall, will migrate from Ohio to Iowa to start his collegiate football career.Metcalf, 6-2 and 200 pounds, signed a letter-of-intent with North Iowa Area Community College, located in Mason City."(Mason City) is the same size as Alliance and I like that," Metcalf said.Metcalf, son of Benzetta Metcalf-Love and Steven Love, was a versatile player for the Aviators.Metcalf, who played middle linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end, tight end, fullback and tailback, also was the strongest player on Alliance in 2007, bench-pressing 340 pounds.Combine physical strength, instinct, an unselfish attitude and a motor which never stopped running and you had Metcalf, who recorded a team-high 96 tackles, including six-for-loss."Metcalf is one of the top five players in the 30 years I've been at Alliance," Kuceyeski said."This is a good fit for Eddie," Kuceyeski said.Metcalf also admits the two-year school will help him transition academically."My grades were OK, but I didn't do well on the ACT Test," he said."I have to put on more weight and I have to get faster," Metcalf said.North Iowa Area Community College competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association and finished 7-4 last season, advancing to the Graphic Edge Bowl at Northern Iowa.Rivals include Iowa Central, Ellsworth Community College (Ia.), Grand Rapids (Mich.), Joliet (Ill.) and Harper (Ill.)."I did some research on the school and found out some players have gone on to play at (major) colleges," Metcalf said.Metcalf was part of the 2006 team which advanced to the playoffs for the fourth time in history and the second time in a three-year period.Pataskala Watkins defeated Alliance in a regional quarterfinal, but it didn't erase Metcalf's memories of two critical regular-season wins against Northeastern Buckeye Conference rivals."The two games I'll remember were the (33-26) win over West Branch and the (48-31) win over Marlington in my junior year," Metcalf smiled.Metcalf became a difference-maker at middle linebacker at Alliance, but he also was an offensive weapon last year, whether it was running the football, or catching it.He gained 310 rushing yards on 60 carries, a credible 5.2 average.He also had five receptions for 55 yards (11.0 avg.)."It's funny, because when I was playing football at (Alliance Middle School) in the seventh grade, we two-platooned and I only played offense," Metcalf recounted.The two were reunited at the high school level and Metcalf, who intends on majoring in education, said it was a positive experience."Coach Kuceyeski was always a guy I could go to and talk to him about personal things," Metcalf added.
Alliance senior middle linebacker Eddie Metcalf, Marlington senior nose guard
Metcalf (6-1, 200), who also played tackle on defense, and fullback and tight end on offense, anchored Alliance's 4-3 base unit, leading the team with 103 tackles and also had 13 tackles-for-loss. "I learned how to understand the game better this year," Metcalf said. "I also looked at more film, played smarter and tried to be more of a leader." Metcalf started three seasons and played a critical role on the 2006 Alliance team that made the Division II playoffs.
Alliance senior middle linebacker Eddie Metcalf and Louisville senior middle linebacker Marcus Poyser made second-team All-Ohio, and Louisville junior wideout Brandon Mathie earned special mention honors.Metcalf (6-1, 200), a senior, topped the Aviators with 103 tackles, including 13-for-loss.He also added four sacks.Metcalf, who played four different positions for the Aviators, began the year at tight end on offense but was moved to fullback.He also played defensive tackle.
Cottle's touchdown and fullback Eddie Metcalf's two-point conversion run helped the Aviators soar to an 11-8 lead.
Alliance's defense, which has been excellent all season, is led by linebacker Eddie Metcalf, who is a tackling machine, and defensive end Matt Walker.