West Milton Milton-Union (10-2; lost to Clarksville Clinton-Massie, 18-14, in regional semifinals)
Coach Bret Pearce, who enters his ninth season with a 46-40 mark, including a 3-4 mark in the postseason, feels Milton-Union should be a competitive squad this year. However, how quickly new starters can fit in will be crucial because the ’Dogs will square off against seven playoff qualifiers from 2007, leaving them with one of the toughest schedules in D-IV.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Jon Mason (6-5, 200, Sr.), WR/TE Nikko Johnson (6-4, 200, Sr.), OL Stefan Kleather (5-11, 265, Sr.), OL Taylor Heit (6-1, 230, Sr.), DB Patrick Thoele (5-11, 160, Sr.), LB Jon King (5-11, 180, Sr.), LB Josh Dehart (5-9, 175, Sr.), WR Thomas Ford (5-10, 145, Sr.), DB Matt Fryman (6-1, 155, Sr.) and RB Steve Herick (5-11, 165, Sr.).
The Bulldogs return a lot of skill players, but a lack of experience will play a factor. On the offensive side, Mason, who is gaining D-I interest, will be back behind center. Losing standout linebacker Tyler Wilson will leave a huge void in the defensive unit.
“We return a lot of skill players, but we return little experience,” Pearce related. “We have the makings of a good team, but the schedule is loaded with good teams.
8/22/2008 vs. Casstown Miami East
8/29/2008 vs. Sidney Lehman Catholic
9/5/2008 @ Waynesville
9/12/2008 @ Franklin
9/19/2008 @ Germantown Valley View
9/26/2008 vs. Eaton
10/3/2008 vs. Brookville
10/10/2008 @ Dayton Oakwood
10/17/2008 vs. Dayton Northridge
10/24/2008 vs. Bellbrook