COACHING STAFF: Ty Harrison, first year as head coach at MHS after assisting here last year. Assistants are Greg O'Connor, Steve Haag, Alex Thull, Adam Barnett, Kyle Louder.
LAST YEAR: 5-5 overall, 3-3 NCMC. L Hillsboro 25-53, W Marshall 34-8, W Winfield 59-6, L Centralia 6-33, L Boonville 12-18 OT, W St. Charles 54-40, W Fulton 47-6, L Moberly 7-17, L Hannibal 6-49, W Kirksville 60-56.
NUMBERS TO NOTE: Last year 921 yards passing and 2,933 yards rushing; 310 points for and 286 points against. Leading rushers Shia Miller 1,193 yards/21 TD and Austin Reed 743 yards/9 TD; leading passer Austin Reed 43 for 77 and 754 yards; leading receiver Daniel Hoer 16 catches for 138 yards.
STARTERS BACK: Return 7 starters, 4 on offense (Austin Oetting RG, Michael Newman LG, Matt Ridgway QB, Keenen Campbell RT) and 3 on defense (Keenen Campbell LB, Thorne Cheney NG, Payton Turner DE).
HONORED PLAYERS: Shia Miller, Austin Reed, Josh Harlan, Tyus Williams, Monterio Burton received all-conference honors in 2011.
TOP RETURNERS: Matt Ridgway QB/DB, Keenen Campbell OL/LB, Laine Chedwick RB/DB, Thorne Cheney OL/DL, Alex Hall WR/DB, John Lummis OL/DL, Michael Newman OL/DL, Austin Oetting OL/DL, Payton Turner OL/DL, Kyle Whanger WR/DB.
TOP NEWCOMERS: Jamel Taylor RB/LB, Austyn Sampo WR/DB, Matt Pursley OL/DL, Edgar Ramirez OL/DL, Cole Jaramillo WR/DB, Skylar Harrington WR/DB, Chance Harper TE/LB, Kamden Ekern WR/DB, Brandon Cloven OL/DL, Matt Brown TE/LB, Tyler Bracht WR/DB, Matt Beauchamp TE/LB.
INJURY REPORT: Bryce Hopkins TE/LB out for season.
BASIC OFFENSE: Pistol/spread because it allows us to do mulitiple things on offense based on our strengths.
BASIC DEFENSE: 3-4 because it's very versatile and allows lots of blitzing opportunities.
SENIORS ON ROSTER: Jamone Belcher WR/DB, Keenen Campbell OL/LB, Alex Hall WR/DB, Brandon Resa OL/DL, Matt Ridgway QB/DB, Kyle Whanger WR/LB.
JUNIORS ON ROSTER: Matt Beauchamp TE/LB, Laine Chedwick RB/DB, Thorne Cheney OL/DL, KamdenEkern WR/DB, Bryce Hopkins TE/LB, Austin Logerman OL/DL, John Lummis OL/DL, Michael Newman OL/DL, Austin Oetting OL/DL, Mason Proctor OL/DL, Matt Pursley OL/DL, Edgar Ramirez OL/DL, Jamel Taylor RB/LB, Payton Turner OL/DL, Christian Worthey OL/DL, John Wright OL/DL.
Page 2 of 2 - SOPHOMORES ON ROSTER: Kip Jackson OL/DL, Cole Jaramillo WR/DB, David Loyd OL/LB, Zach Manns OL/DL, Johnny McDonald RB/LB, Austyn Sampo WR/DB, James Utterback WR/DB, Austin Alexander OL/DL, Alex Bledsoe OL/DL, Tyler Bracht WR/dB, Matt Brown TE/LB, Coal Chedwick OL/DL, Brandon Cloven OL/DL, Jay Green RB/LB, Chance Harper TE/LB, Skylar Harrington WR/DB.
PLUS AND MINUS: Strengths are some experienced players on the line, experience and leadership at quarterback. Weaknesses include being very young and inexperienced at skill positions; inexperienced defense as well.
TEAM GOALS: We are young everywhere, so we want to improve weekly by developing our younger players.
KEYS TO SUCCESS: Minimize turnovers and make every possession count; stop the run defensively. Avoid injuries that hurt us last season also.
NCMC OUTLOOK: Preseason forecast (not counting own team) in order Hannibal, Moberly, Boonville, Kirksville, Marshall, Fulton. Boonville was league champion and joined Hannibal and Moberly as playoff qualifiers.