Sacred Heart Football Prepares for 100th Season as Program
MT. PLEASANT — Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart will play its 100th season as a football program this fall, and it will be their first under new head coach Josh Wheaton.
It will also be Wheaton’s first as a head coach in football, as he comes to the Irish after being an assistant at Mt. Pleasant. He has familiarity with his players as a teacher and coach in other sports, but the move to 8-player football will be a change for him. The new playbook also adds some challenges for the players.
“New play system, new coach, everything. We have the athletes this year and it’s just really special,” Sacred Heart junior Kadenn Rose said.
“We’re all learning this new play calling system,” Sacred Heart senior Roman Addison said. “It’s not really a seniority game here. It’s more of a who wants to be here, wants to put in the work.”
At the first day of practice on Monday, Wheaton could tell that his team is putting in the work. They will feature a varsity and JV program this year, which isn’t always common for 8-player football.
“They’ve worked really hard. Our numbers were huge all summer, first day of practice,” Wheaton said. “Guys are lining up in the right spots, and they’re going to the right places, and they’re doing the right things. And that’s huge. That’s a big testament when every word is different from the previous season.”
The Irish will start the year with a home game against Morrice on Aug. 26.