John Glenn blasted off into the postseason last year but ran out of fuel early following the 48-22 loss to Beloit West Branch in the first round to finish the 2007 campaign 8-3. The Little Muskies have made the playoffs the past three seasons and are looking to continue that trend this year. They will have to replace some linemen but look strong at the skill positions.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB/CB Haven Holdcroft (6-2, 175, Sr.), QB Josh Fraunfelter (6-1, 190, Sr.), WR/CB Jake Hagen (6-3, 175, Sr.), FS Zach Vanway (5-8, 160, Sr.).
John Glenn blasted off into the postseason last year but ran out of fuel early with a 48-22 loss to Beloit West Branch in the first round to finish the 2007 campaign 8-3.
The Little Muskies have made the playoffs the past three seasons and are looking to continue that trend this year. They will have to replace some linemen but look strong at the skill positions.
“We lost a good group. Particularly, we lost some good linemen that we are going to be challenged to replace,” head coach John Kelley said. “But I really like the young skill kids we have on this team coming up.”
Defensively, John Glenn returns its entire secondary, including Holdcroft, Hagen and Vanway.
Holdcroft is a three-year starter on both sides of the ball.
“We’re going to try to move him around a bit on the offensive side. We think he’s got a lot of potential,” Kelley said of Holdcroft.
Hagen has been a starter since his freshman season.
“He is one of those skill guys we think is going to be a be help for us offensively as well,” said Kelley.
With the loss of two wingbacks and a fullback, the Little Muskies will have a bit of a different look on offense.
“I think we’re just going to be a different kind of team than we have been in the past – maybe not as much of a power football team but one where we’re going to try to utilize those skill players,” Kelley said.
“We have some good athleticism – maybe as much as we’ve had. We did lose some of that size and strength up front and we are just going to be a different type of team.”
With the graduation of some key players, Kelley is confident in the younger gridders stepping into important roles.
“That kind of puts the onus on this senior class to carry that on and I think they are willing to accept that,” he said. “As we progress throughout the season, we look to get better every week.”
John Glenn kicks off the season against Barnesville, as it has every year since 1964, before diving right into Muskingum Valley League competition with Martin’s Ferry in Week 9.
“It is a challenging schedule but it’s what you want. You want your kids to be challenged and we’ve got that type of schedule,” said Kelley. “If we can win seven or eight games, we have a legitimate shot at the postseason.”
8-29 at Dresden Tri-Valley
9-12 at Zanesville Maysville
9-19 Zanesville Muskingum
9-26 at Thornville Sheridan
10-3 Duncan Falls Philo
10-10 at New Lexington
10-18 Martin’s Ferry
10-24 at McConnelsville Morgan