Morgantown Will Face Intimidating Schedule
By CARLY CONTRAGUERRO
MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown High football team faced replacing key production after the graduation of top receivers and tacklers following its road to the state semifinals last season.
Head coach Matt Lacy made adjustments to where overall team speed is better at each position this year.
At quarterback will be 6-foot-3 junior Aaron Alvarez who took some varsity reps last season and has studied and knows the offense.
The offense will be geared a bit differently than last season, when the Mohigans relied on big plays. This year it will be more of the “4 yards and the cloud of dust” type offense, Lacy said.
This will work to the team’s advantage as it can keep the ball and control the clock.
MHS has a group of capable receivers and linemen to keep the offense solid.
“We have a few seasoned guys in Jayron Wilson who did see a good bit of varsity action last year and so did Alajuan Robinson as the season went on,” Lacy said. “Preston (Fox) is a phenomenal athlete and can be a great receiver and we have Drew Lowery too. Then across the offensive line we have Jayden Wolfley and Nick Malone.”
Defensively, the Mohigans return Tre Barnes and Malone on the defensive line and Cole Streyle at linebacker. Javohn Moore is moving from linebacker to strong safety to quarterback the defense and utilize his speed to get to both sides of the ball.
Freshman John McConnell will handle the kicking duties.
“We have enough guys returning and the others have bought in during the offseason,” Lacy said. “In the summer, normally, we have guys going on vacation and stuff but this summer we averaged 30-plus guys in the weight room. They understand the task.”
There are 15 seniors on the roster and Lacy believes it will be good for the program to play big-time schools so the team can see the level he expects it to play at.
The Mohigans open their season traveling to perennial powerhouse, North Allegheny (Pa.) on August 25.
Following, MHS plays host to Steubenville, which lost in Ohio’s Division III state championship last season, in its home opener.
“The schedule will be tough but the kids are up for the task,” Lacy said. “In the middle of the season we will make back-to-back trips to the eastern panhandle to play Martinsburg and Mussleman then Riverside comes to town for Senior Night and they are an improved team. Wheeling Park will rebound this year and University is always good.”
Aug. 25: at North Allegheny 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Steubenville 7 p.m.
Sept. 8: at Pksbg. South 7 p.m.
Sept. 15: Brooke 7 p.m.
Sept. 22: at Martinsburg 7 p.m.
Sept. 29: at Musselman 7 p.m.
Oct. 6: Wheeling Park 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13: Riverside 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20: at John Marshall 7 p.m.
Oct. 27: at University 7:30 p.m.
Win 6, Lose 4
Tre Barnes, Taeshon Crudup, Adam Hargis, Marcus Jordan, Sabri Juna, Drew Lowery, Javohn Moore, Joey Plevich, Alajuan Robinson, Dakota Smith, Terrence Sprouse, Tyrique Stone, Cole Streyle, Jayron Wilson.
Aaron Alvarez, Peter Biafore, Garrett Culton, Joseph Daley-Taylor, Matteo Darmelio, Nick DeFelice, Jessie Gifford, Charles Hairston, Ty Konchesky, Robert Kurth, Nick Malone, Neil McKnight, Luke Milne, Jestohn Moore, Kaden Rice, Nathaniel Riffon, Benjamin Turner, Jaden Wolfley.
Bryan Davila, Benant Bukari, Christopher Burke, Seth Dorkins, Colton Duley, Bennett Fletcher, Preston Fox, Quinn Golden, Connor Kelly, Griffen Leombruno, Marcellus Marshall, Eamonn Murphy, Linh Nguyen, Zackary Phares, Thomas Spencer, Quin Thompson, Jace Whetsell, Danny White, Jackson Wolfe, Tyler Yost.