The Coshocton County Beacon February 13, 2019 - Page 13
Claxon signs with Edinboro University
the air and yelling and celebrating. But he just walked
oﬀ the fi eld like this is what we do every day.”
Trista said she feels like Edinboro is the right fi t for
Keith and that the coaches have the best interest of the
students at heart.
“Each time we met with the coaches, they made you
feel comfortable with students fi rst, being a part of their
family, and then football,” said Trista. “As a mom, I feel
like I could drop him oﬀ and they would look out for his
well-being. I didn’t feel that way at all the colleges we
went to. At some of them, you were just a number.”
Although new experiences await him at Edinboro,
Keith will never forget his time at Ridgewood. When
asked if he would like to thank anyone, he said, “My par-
ents. I would like to say thank you for leading me down
the right path.”
By Beth Scott
Beth Scott | Beacon
Keith Claxon signed with Edinboro University while
surrounded by his family and coaches at Ridgewood High
School on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
one day. I think it’s important for kids in high school to
be a member of something and take ownership of it.”
Keith’s mom, Trista Claxon, has many memories of
watching her son on the fi eld at Ridgewood.
“One of my favorite memories was the game with
Garaway,” she said. “Th e kick in the last seconds of the
game, just making that kick in the last seconds and
allowing the team to have a win. I think just Keith’s
reaction to that is what made that memorable for me.
Typically, kids would be out there pumping their fi st in
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AT HOME KIT
WEST LAFAYETTE – Keith Claxon signed with Edinboro
University on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at Ridgewood High
School while surrounded by his teammates, family, and
Claxon was the starting kicker for four years at Ridge-
wood and helped his team to three state playoﬀ s. Some
of his high school accomplishments on the fi eld include
being named 3rd Team All-Ohio in Division V for three
years, 1st Team All-East District for three years, and 1st
Team Inter-Valley Conference and Specialist of the Year
for two years. Claxon also set a school record kicking 16
fi eld goals.
“My memories of Ridgewood are going to be playing
on the fi eld with my team, which is my family,” said
Claxon will be attending Edinboro to major in digital
animation and design.
“I’m looking forward to all the competition there’s go-
ing to be in college,” said Claxon. “I’m not coming in as a
starter, so I’m going to have to compete for that.”
Claxon’s parents said that Ridgewood football has be-
come more than just a team to him. Th ey have become
his second family.
“I think with Keith being an only child, Ridgewood
football ended up being a family and it’s been a broth-
erhood,” said Casey Claxon, Keith’s father. “It’s not only
a brotherhood of guys that are on the team, but it’s a
brotherhood of guys that have graduated in the past,
and it’s even the younger kids coming up who look up to
the high school football team and want to be like them
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