Ashland Mapleton trying to change its culture

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Mapleton Mounties

Since a 5-5 finish in 2000, the Mounties have failed to record a
winning season or break even. First year head coach Ray Frisbee is
hoping to change that trend. Frisbee inherits a program that returns just five seniors and 10 letterwinners so rebuilding will still be a theme.


Mapleton (2-8)

* Players To Watch – FB/DL Jacob Martin (5-9, 245, Sr.), QB Paul Mencl (6-1, 180, Sr.), TE/DE Jon Soto (6-0, 205, Sr)

* Outlook –
Since a 5-5 finish in 2000, the Mounties have failed to record a winning season or break even. First year head coach Ray Frisbee is hoping to change that trend.

Frisbee inherits a program that returns just five seniors and 10 letterwinners so rebuilding will still be a theme.

“The five seniors will be relied on heavily to lead our young team to a place were the Mapleton football team hasn’t been in a while – winning football games,” Frisbee said. “We will definitely not be one of the biggest, fastest or strongest teams in the state, but we will strive to be the best conditioned and assignment sound.”

Martin was an honorable mention All-Firelands Conference pick last season, while Mencl assumes control of the quarterback position after being a reveiver previously (two TDs last season).

Soto (49 tackles and six sacks) leads the defensive charge.

In addition to the usual Firelands Confernece onslaught (that includes Norwalk St. Paul, Ashland Crestview and Monroeville), Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic is a new non-league opponent in Week 3.

Said Frisbee: “There will be a lot of new faces on the field on Friday nights and hopefully we’ll have a few step up to the challenge and change the attitude in the Mapleton school and community about the football team.

“With a new offense and a hard nosed style of defense, we hope to have a chance in every game to be competitive and win.”

Schedule

8/28 @ HILLSDALE (JEROMESVILLE)        
9/4 @ BUCKEYE CENTRAL (NEW WASHINGTON)        
9/11 ST MARY CENTRAL CATHOLIC (SANDUSKY)        
9/18 SOUTH CENTRAL (GREENWICH)        
9/25 ST PAUL (NORWALK)        
10/2 @ PLYMOUTH     
10/9 NEW LONDON
10/16 @ MONROEVILLE
10/23 CRESTVIEW (ASHLAND)
10/30 @ WESTERN RESERVE (COLLINS)

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