The Spartans missed the playoffs for the third time in four years last
season, but expectations have not changed for a program that owns 19
postseason berths and three state titles.
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*Marion Pleasant (7-3): The Spartans missed the playoffs for the third time in four years last season, but expectations have not changed for a program that owns 19 postseason berths and three state titles.
“We were very young a year ago and will be returning a lot of experience and depth,” Head Coach Aaron Cook (25-7 in three years) said. “Our seniors are great leaders and the underclassman are a great supporting cast. We always have high expectations and goals at Pleasant and this year is no different.”
Senior LB Chase Kelly returns after earning first team All-MOAC honors last season. Second team All-MOAC selections return in senior WR/DB Jordan Kelly and senior OL/DL Scott Foster.
Other key contributors will be senior OL/DL Jeff Fairchild and juniors Ryan Maniaci (QB/DB), Kyle Galyk (RB/DB) and Bryce McDonald (OL/DL). Galyk caught 15 passes for 455 yards (30.3 average) and seven TDs last year.
The schedule has been overhauled and includes new non-league games with Sycamore Mohawk, Triad and Lima Central Catholic. Jonathan Alder is also a new MOAC foe.
“Our schedule is very difficult and is probably one of the most challenging schedules we have ever had at Pleasant,” Cook said. “We look forward to the challenge.”
Lima Central Catholic (0-0)
North Union (0-0)
Jonathan Alder (0-0)
River Valley (0-0)
Buckeye Valley (0-0)