Football: High Hopes for New Season

Nathan Jones, Reporter and Computer Tech

The Wolves football team has shown great improvement in the last two years. Ending last year 7-4 and making it to first sectional championship in 10 years. Last year the wolves had 24 seniors that would be moving on from high school football to college

Losing this vast amount of players will hurt any team, but the younger players are eager to play and make their mark in City football. This is nothing new forplayers  to be stepping up and to do what is asked of them for the better of the team.

Last year, the wolves had a very young offensive line, only losing two seniors, but the underclassmen coming up  held an impressive amount of talent. Then Junior, Braden Fisk, now senior, stepped up this season to fill the shoes of the seniors lost last season. Braden Fiske has been on the starting on the varsity lineup since he was a sophomore. Junior Jared Brinkman, Ryan Stefanko, and Collin Keniz have all been apart of the starting varsity lineup since they were freshmans. With this experience on varsity, this young talent holds a promising future for MCHS football.

As starting quarterback, Senior Michael McCullough’s goes through his third season of varsity football, he has made a lot of changes in the last year to the new offense that Coach Mason brought with him.

This is Coach Mason’s second year coaching at MCHS after transfering from very successful, Andrean High School in Merrillville. Coach Mason had a record of 80-24 while coaching at Andrean.

He is now working at turning the Wolves around after many losing seasons. Mason made an obvious difference for the Wolves’ success last season as his first year as head coach. He coached the Wolves into the best-record season that it has had in a while.

His coaching and play changes gave last season’s team a running chance at a sectional title. Unfortunately, the Wolves lost in a heartbreaker. However, with one year as head coach at MCHS Mason has another fair chance at a title this season.

This year, the Wolves have far less seniors than last year, 14. These returning players now,  a year with Coach Mason under their belts, know what to expect with the coaching staff. The returning players also know how practices run and what the staff expects of them, which helps them in setting an example for the underclassmen.

Now that the 2017 season has begun, the team has reflected off of last seasons success and hopes to have a good season of some football. The Wolves hope to finish the 2017 season strong.

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