William Monroe Football Bringing Back Experience This Season
The Dragons return almost all of their starters
The William Monroe football team made the state playoffs for the first time in twenty years in 2011.
Last year, the senior-laden team was replaced with a lot of freshmen and sophomores, leading to a one win season.
Junior RB/LB Cody Perkins says, "It was pretty tough, going 1-9, and taking the beatings all the time, but that's not going to happen this year. We'll be much better this year."
Junior LB/TE Nick Losciuto adds, "Most of our starters on offense and defense were comprised of sophomores. It wasn't really an excuse, but it was a drawback to the success of the team."
The young Dragons struggled mightily on defense last year, allowing over 55 points per game, but they say they've literally grown up.
"In addition to the lack of experience that we had last year, we have some kids who have had one more year of physical growth, and one more year in the weight room," says head coach Mark Sanford. "They did a good job in the offseason."
"We were out-powered, and outmanned a lot," says Losciuto. "This year, it will be a totally different story, where we'll be on the other hand of that. Hopefully we'll be the bigger ones this year."
William Monroe will have to replace quarterback Jack Morris this season, as the senior had Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, but they will have just about every starter returning.
Head coach Mark Sanford says, "That's one of the things you can't put a price tag on, is that level of experience, and most of our kids have had pretty significant Friday Night experience."
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