Monticello Football Looks Forward To New Leadership

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Monticello has a new man in charge. Jeff Woody is the new coach. He spent the last eight years as the head coach at Brookville high school in Lynchburg where his team won the AA State Championship the last two years. 

Now he's implementing his winning system at Monticello. 

"They're hustling. They're accepting the change. They're adjusting to all the offensive and defensive schemes we're putting in. They athletic ability is tremendous," said Woody. 

That athleticism is most noticeable in the offensive backfield where the mustangs have a handful of outstanding running backs - senior T.J. Tillery and newcomer Kyree Koonce, who transferred from Buckingham.

"Whatever coach needs me to do, I'll do that, whatever the team needs me to do, I'll do that too," said Koonce. Tillery added, "Definitely always competitive and competitiveness turns into success for our team."

If we have three great running backs, all three will be on the field at the same time.  

Monticello has a tradition of great quarterbacks. Trying to fill the big shoes of Jhalil Mosely, who's now at William and Mary, is senior James St. Hill, who's building chemistry with his receivers.

"We've been out here since May," said St. Hill. He added, "During the summer, after practice or before practice I'll call them to come out here and we'll just throw some routes to build some chemistry."

Woody said, "He's a leader, he's worked hard in the offseason, he's put the time in extra here and he's living on that extra mile if you will."

On defense, Monticello has nine returning starters and expectations for the season are high.

"I've always set my standards high, that's what I'm looking forward to is that state championship, to be able to hold that trophy up at the end of the year," said Tillery.


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