PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB/LB Mitch Krotz (6-0, 200, Sr.), RB/DT Ty Law (6-2, 225, Jr.), WR/DB Miles Iverson (5-11, 175, Jr.), OL/DT Terry Harmon (6-1, 240, Sr.), RB/DB Steve Isabella (5-10, 175, Jr.), RB/DB Jordan Sandidge (5-11, 180, Sr.), OL/DE Frank Wrobleski (6-1, 230, Sr.).
2007 Record: 7-4, Regional quarterfinalists
Madison was a playoff team a year ago in Division II, Region 5. However, the Blue Streaks must replace 21 seniors who were all contributors, including first-team all-state TE Nic DiLillo, who is now at Ohio State.
This year’s team will be led offensively and defensively by Krotz who was a second team all-district linebacker last year and shared time at quarterback. He will now take over the full-time reins at QB while still playing every snap on defense.
Law is the other player to really keep an eye on – the coaching staff is hoping for a big season out of him.
“We’re going to be inexperienced compared to last year, but our goals don’t change,” assistant coach Mike Martin said. “We want to compete for the conference championship, qualify for the playoffs and look to get that first playoff win.
“Mitch will be the catalyst both offensively and defensively and we look for a breakout year from one of our young horses, Ty Law. If we get the young offensive line to gel together, we will be better than expected.”
Martin sees a tough road when he glances ahead at Madison’s schedule.
“If we survive our schedule, we will deserve a birth in the playoffs, no doubt,” he said. “Normandy is always a tough physical opponent. Perry is a huge rival that is back on the schedule after a 10-year hiatus and they are loaded with talent. Harvey has athletes that are just difficult for us to match up with. In addition, no game in our conference is an easy one. So, the schedule is tough this year, especially with a young squad.”