Wolverine Program on the Rise

Published 08/09 2014 02:52PM

Updated 08/09 2014 11:03PM

(MAYSVILLE, Mo.) Despite doubling its win total from 2012 to 2013, Maysville's season fell short in a loss to Polo in the first round of districts.

The Wolverines -- with a 6-4 record last year -- are preparing to take another step closer to that coveted state title.

The Grand River Conference runners-up averaged 24.5 points per game in 2013, and look to build off that this fall.

Maysville lost just three players to graduation last year. Head coach Mark Cole expects to see chemistry throughout the team improving each week.

"We feel like our offense can score some points," Cole said. "Early in the season it's hard to score a lot of points because you don't have that rhythm. We think we can. We know that our defense is going to be able to get stops on people too."

Filling the void left by the loss of three starters is the first key to finding that rhythm.

"Last year we got comfortable with the people next to us and since some of them are gone we are going to have to get in sync again," senior lineman Josh Riggs said.

"We got to stay mentally tough," senior running back and safety Reid Steiner said. "That's probably where it's at. We can't get down because we do something wrong. Just got to push through it and overcome it."

Quarterback Matt White returns for his second year starting under center. As a sophomore, White through for more than 1,000 yards.

Maysville hopes those numbers will be on the rise with plenty of talent around him.

"We feel like we got some really good weapons to throw it to, so we are going to spin the ball a little bit in the air," Cole said, "and we are going to run the ball a lot but with some big backs behind a good offensive line. And we feel like we could be really balanced and really hard to stop offensively."

After getting a taste of the postseason, the Wolverines are hungry to make it back to the playoffs.

"We want to be better than 6-4. We don't want to finish 2nd or lower in our league. And we want to get into the postseason and make some noise."

The journey to those goals in Maysville starts now.

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