Experienced Mt. Pleasant Ready to Tackle SVL
MT. PLEASANT – The Mt. Pleasant football program came up one win shy of making the playoffs last fall, snapping the team’s three-year postseason streak.
The Oilers, who have appeared in the postseason nine of the last 11 seasons, fielded a young team a year ago, thanks in part to injuries that forced younger players into starting roles.
That youth has turned into experience as the Oilers begin 2017 with many of those starters returning to the field.
“A lot of the guys know what they’re doing, so I have faith that if one of us gets injured this year, we’re able to just fill right in,” senior Justin Hassen said. “Last year, we kind of had that problem. This year, we’re all ready.”
Mt. Pleasant expects to rely on a stout defensive front seven this season, which will be critical early on, as the Oilers have a front-loaded schedule with tough teams.
“The biggest issue for us is our schedule. It’s so tough early,” coach Jason McIntyre said. “I mean, you know, we have Dow, Davison, Lapeer, Midland, all in our first five weeks. So, we’re really got to get after it early.”
Mt. Pleasant welcomes in Midland Dow on Thursday, Aug. 24.