Milton-Union has some big holes to fill this season

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West Milton Milton-Union Bulldogs

Milton-Union claimed a share of the Southwest Buckeye League title for the first time in over 20 years last season and reached the regional finals. The Bulldogs lose 12 seniors from last year’s squad, including two-time first team All-Ohio QB Mitchell Evans and second teamers Josh Hall and Rudy Dennler.


LB/RB Tyler Wilson (5-11, 205, Sr.), OL/LB Matt Lane (5-11, 185, Sr.), RB/LB Todd Daley (6-0, 180, Sr.), OL/DL Grant Fryman (5-6, 235, Sr.), OL/DL Frank Bussy (6-4, 260, Sr.), OL/DL Zack Byrkett (6-4, 230, Sr.), DB Dean Harmon (6-0, 170, Sr.), DB/RB Josh DeHart (5-11, 175, Jr.), QB Jon Mason (6-4, 190, Jr.), RB/DB Trevor Lukenbill (6-0, 180, Sr.), RB/DB Brendon Johnson (5-10, 150, Sr.)

2006 Record: 11-2

Milton-Union claimed a share of the Southwest Buckeye League title for the first time in over 20 years last season and reached the regional finals.

The Bulldogs lose 12 seniors from last year’s squad, including two-time first team All-Ohio QB Mitchell Evans, who is off to Indiana to play for the Hoosiers. Second team All-Ohioans Josh Hall and Rudy Dennler are two more of 12 departed as well.

There’s no doubt those 12 seniors did a lot for us and we’re going to miss them,” said head coach Bet Pearce. “But that is what is fun about high school football – kids leaving and having to coach up new kids and watching them grow and we are certainly excited about the kids we have.”

Defense will be Milton-Union’s strength led by Wilson, who has tallied 125 tackles each of the last two years and is 80 shy from the school record. He also has over 700 yards rushing and is getting interest from Ohio, Miami (Oh.), Bowling Green and Toledo.

“We return seven kids from our defense and we felt like our defense was pretty good last year,” Pearce said.

Mason will step in for Evans and Pearce has liked what he has seen from him in his first two years in the program.

“We are very excited about him. He is a big kid and has a really strong arm,” he said.

With a new QB under center and three running backs in the Wing-T offense returning, Milton-Union will run the ball more this season than the past couple of years.

“I think this year we will rely on the run a little more. However, we’ve been a running team. Mitch was twice an all-state quarterback but we still ran the ball. We had about 4,000 yards rushing last year, so hopefully with having all our running backs returning it will give Mason a chance to mature under center without needing him to make our plays.”

The running game will have a new look upfront on the offensive line.

“We have a lot of line spots to fill but we have about 10-12 kids who are looking to step into those roles. Line play is definitely going to be one of our big question marks this year. But hopefully with so many possible answers, we’ll get somebody to fill them in,” said Pearce.

After enjoying the most successful season is school history, Pearce hopes that last year's success will breed future success.

“Winning the conference title is always at the top of our list,” he said. “Making the playoffs and playoff-related goals are second to our league goals and now that we have had a taste of it, we’d love to do it again.”

And with the program upswing Milton-Union has had the past several years under seventh-year head coach Pearce, he hopes a new standard has been established for the Bulldog program.

“We really hope we are getting the program to a place where our younger kids have a chance to learn and grow and are ready to step in when it is their time,” he said.

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2007 Schedule

Date Opponent Division
8/24/2007 @ Casstown Miami East 5
8/31/2007 @ Sidney Lehman Catholic 6
9/7/2007 Middletown Madsion 4
9/14/2007 Franklin 3
9/21/2007 Germantown Vally View 3
9/28/2007 @ Eaton 3
10/5/2007 @ Brookville 4
10/12/2007 Oakwood 4
10/19/2007 @ Dayton Northridge 4
10/26/2007 @ Bellbrook 4


* Southwestern Buckeye League games in bold

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