Woodsfield, OH, (WTRF)- Josh Ischy is entering his third season as the Noles head coach and feels he has a strong core group, including eight seniors, that have gone through the tough battles the last two years.
We expect big things from them and they definitely have to carry us while we bring along our younger guys of course our younger guys are going to have to play anytime you have small numbers guys got to step up it’s next man up mentalityJosh Ischy- Monroe Central Seminoles Head Coach
The strong core of players starts in the backfield with junior quarterback Malachai Rose-Burton who is back for his third season as the starter.
He’s joined by senior Alex Kilburn at fullback a four-year starter.
Their leading receiver from last season also returns in junior Dillon Lincoln while upfront they return senior Garrett Crammer a four-year starter.
He’s joined by fellow senior David Habig, John Peterson, Payton Robinson, and Jake Vinskovic, hall of fame coach Jay Circosta’s grandson.
Senior Austin Hoge returns at wide receiver he led the team in receptions last year.
Junior Mike Bunting returns in the slot while freshman Landon Lydick will see time in the backfield.
Were definitely going to rely on those guys to make some plays and when we do get those seams upfront they got to make them count.Josh Ischy-Monroe Central Seminoles Head Coach
Defensively they run a 3-3 stack with Crammer and Kilburn returning at the tackles.
Payton Robinson who missed last year at the nose.
Habig and Lydick are the linebackers. Rose-Burton and Lincoln the corners Hoge at safety and Bunting who led the team in interceptions also at safety.
Coach Ischy says the key for his defense is third down.
We felt we put ourselves in too many third and short situations which are tough to stop and we didn’t get off the field so hopefully, our run defense is a little bit more stingy this year. Put the other team in some third and longs and get off the field on those money downsJosh Ischy-Monroe Central Seminoles Head Coach
The Seminoles open the season on the 28th at Union Local.