After a two-year run in D-V (which produced a state title and a final four appearance last year), the Flyers are back in Region 24 where they won three D-VI state titles and made four state finals from 2000-2006. Uh-oh is right.
Maria Stein Marion Local (11-3)
* Players to Watch – TB Ben Smith (6-0, 190, Sr.)
* Outlook – After a two-year run in D-V (which produced a state title and a final four appearance last year), the Flyers are back in Region 24 where they won three D-VI state titles and made four state finals from 2000-2006.
Uh-oh is right.
Although Smith (1,575 yards rushing last year) is the only player Goodwin pin-pointed as a key returner, rest assured ML doesn’t rebuild. It reloads.
“We will be starting a lot of juniors, which we haven’t done in a couple of years,” head coach Tim Goodwin (111-27 in 10 years) said. “If the seniors provide the leadership, the juniors can provide some depth of talent. We could be a physical team by the end of the year.”
Developing toughness will be key for a squad that plays in the state’s toughest affiliation – the Midwest Athletic Conference. Last year the Flyers finished 6-2 in the MAC, losing to Coldwater and Anna. ML avenged its loss to Anna with a win in the regional quarterfinals.
“We face a tough challenge week one, in (D-III) Lima Shawnee,” Goodwin said. “The league (MAC) looks deep. Anna, St Henry, St Johns all return quality players in mass. Coldwater will be good as usual. Versailles will be much improved this year. Our return to D-VI leaves us a little more wiggle room with computer points than being in D-V the last two years.
“We hope to somehow qualify for the playoffs and make a nice run once we are there.”
8/28 @ SHAWNEE (LIMA)
9/4 Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School (Mississauga, Ontario, CA)
9/11 @ PARKWAY (ROCKFORD)
9/25 @ ST HENRY
10/2 ST JOHN’S (DELPHOS)
10/9 NEW BREMEN
10/16 @ VERSAILLES
10/23 @ FORT RECOVERY