Sacred Heart Relying on the Run Game this Fall

MT. PLEASANT – Over the course of the last decade and a half, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart has established itself as one of the most consistent Division 8 programs in the area.

Winners of the 2010 Division 8 state championship, the Irish have made the postseason each year since 2008 and have finished .500 or better every campaign since 2004.

Following the graduation of starting quarterback Ian Ruggles, Sacred Heart’s offense will be more balanced this season and will focus more on the run game than in past.

“We never really developed a run game last year, and that’s been the focus this year, is to try to get a run game going,” coach Jamie Slate said.

“We like to run the ball,” added senior quarterback Carter Lowe. “I obviously don’t have as much of an experience with throwing the ball. So, give a big shout out to my line, they’re doing a good job adjusting to the run game.”

The Irish are struggling for depth this fall, with only 19 players on the roster. Of those players, many return with multiple years of varsity experience, though.

“We’ve got a new take to the offense, which always takes some time to adjust, but I think our guys are taking it in well, and adjusting to it just fine,” senior Colton Hyble said.

Sacred Heart welcomes in rival Beal City on Friday, Aug. 25. The Irish haven’t beaten the Aggies since in 2010.

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