It’s a new era in Jackson. For one of the winningest programs in
Southeastern Ohio, change is coming with new coach Andy Hall. The
Ironmen are hoping changes in the offensive and defensive philosophy
will turn around a program that has hovered around the .500 mark in
* Players To Watch – RB/LB Klay Arthur (6-0, 195, Jr; 116 carries, 427 yards, 5 TD), QB/DB Kruize Wandling (5-11, 180, Sr), QB/RB/OLB Eric Landrum (5-10, 185, Jr), WR/DB Derrick Meredith (5-10, 155, Jr), WR/DB/K/P Ryan Mullins (5-8, 155, Sr), OL/DE Ryan Klingaman (6-0, 185, Sr), OL/DL Jimmy Brushart (5-10, 210, Sr), OL/LB Tyler Gillum (5-10, 200, Sr), TE/LB Nathaniel Haller (5-11, 210, Sr)
* Outlook – It’s a new era in Jackson.
For one of the winningest programs in Southeastern Ohio, change is coming with new coach Andy Hall. The Ironmen are hoping changes in the offensive and defensive philosophy will turn around a program that has hovered around the .500 mark in recent seasons.
Hall, formerly of Sciotoville East, brings an offense that will look to throw the football consistently and use speed as an advantage. For a program that has run the veer offense as long as anyone can remember, seeing a football thrown threw the air more than 5 or 6 times a game may come as a surprise.
Aiding the Ironmen in the transition will be the addition of quarterback Kruize Wandling, a transfer from Gallia Academy High School. Wandling, started the second half of his sophomore season and the beginning of his junior season for the Blue Devils where he showed promise in the GAHS spread offense. However, with a coaching change at GAHS, Wandling left for rival Jackson.
Wandling isn’t the sure fire starter however. Eric Landrum was a capable back-up last fall and will add depth in 2009. If Wandling is the starter, look for Landrum to play in the backfield along with returning starter Klay Arthur who ran for over 400 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore.
Derrick Meredith, Ryan Mullins, Drew Ervin (5-8, 155, Soph), and tight end Nathaniel Haller will make up the red and white receiving corps.
The biggest question mark will be up front, where an undersized (by Jackson standards) offensive line will need to learn to be proficient pass blockers over one off season.
Ryan Klingaman is a returning starter at center and Jimmy Brushart, Tyler Gillum, and Frankie Mapes (6-0, 250, Sr) also have experience.
Defensively, Jackson is likely to shift from a run stopping 4-4 base defense to a more aggressive defense that will look to blitz and create confusion for opposing offenses.
Klingaman and Brushart are returning starters on the defensive line, while Arthur, Haller, Gillum, and Landrum all saw significant playing time at linebacker last fall.
Meredith is a returning start at safety while Ervin, Wandling, and Mullins will all rotate in the defensive backfield.
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