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Nelson Mozden steered Sandy Valley into some new territory

By MIKE POPOVICH GateHouse Ohio Media Published: July 21, 2017 10:00 AM
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The final chapter of Nelson Mozden's football career is about to be written. It will be a footnote to a journey that saw him successfully steer the Sandy Valley football team through uncharted waters.

The former Cardinals quarterback thought about playing college football, but instead will attend Stark State before transferring to Akron.

"I just want to get in, get my degree and get out," Mozden said.

Mozden rewrote the Sandy Valley record book during his three-year varsity career. He ranks 11th all-time in Stark County history with a school-record 4,444 passing yards. His 307 completions and 46 touchdown passes also are school records.

The breakthrough year for Mozden was 2015. He threw for a single-season school-record 2,391 yards and 26 touchdowns while earning All-Ohio honors.

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One important trait helped him grow as a quarterback.

"Just decision making, I think," Mozden said. "I knew the routes better. I knew the coverages better. I just pretty much worked on the mental game."

The 2015 season will never be forgotten by Mozden and his teammates. Sandy Valley finished the regular season with a school-record nine wins and made the playoffs for the first time. The Cardinals had been the only active Stark County high school football team to never reach the postseason.

"That will for sure be the most proud moment of my high school career," Mozden said. "It was the most memorable season ever."


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