2021 36 Blitz: Montgomery County Indians

MT. STERLING, KY (WTVQ) – In 2017 and 2018, Montgomery county won a combined 19 games. Last season though, they were winless. their worst season since 2014.

“It was pretty tough, but…it was fun winning and we just had to keep working, says senior running back Alex Ison. “That’s what we’re doing this year so we can get back on track and get more wins.”

How do you get back on track? Grinding.

“We’ve been putting in the work, been working all summer. Early mornings putting in lots of work,” says senior linebacker Darrien Owens. “We’re trying to get better. Don’t want another season like last season ever again.”

Coach Jamie Egli knows 2020 was not normal in any way. The Indians actually had to cut their season short…they didn’t get to even play the last two weeks of the season.

“They just want to play.,” said Head Coach Jamie Egli. “Football is a big deal in this community and they can’t wait to represent the community, but they want to play and have a purpose and a focus and know who we’re playing and not have stuff change. And I want it for the more than anything.”

MOCO knows to get back to MOCO football, it starts right now. In the morning, in the summer, on the practice field putting in the work so they reap the benefits once the season kicks off.

“We’re ready to get back on track to winning. We’re ready to have a winning season this year,” says Owens. “We’re going to turn things around. I feel it’s gonna be real different from last year.”

“We’re excited. We got 18 starters back and got to play 21 quarters last year so these kids got some experienced,” says Egli. “We’re excited to be back and playing football.”

One thing teams will get to do this season that they couldn’t last season…scrimmage. Being able to see what yours got in a game situation against a real opponent is valuable.

“Because you see kids make huge strides in the offseason,” says Coach Egli. “In the weight room, physically they grow because they’re 15, 16,17, but you still don’t know when you put the pads on what’s going to happen. How are they going to respond to adversity. Those scrimmages are so important. The next two Friday’s are huge for us and huge for the kids. To see who does what they’re supposed to. Who surprises you and who earns more playing time because of those and so that’s why those things are so important.”

The Tribe wants to get wins this season, but to stack up wins you have to get that first one.

“We get things rolling early by being 1-0. Beating East Carter,” says Owens “Get the first win under our belt so we can have some momentum going into the second game Mason County. Because you know we, I personally haven’t had a starting varsity win.”

“We want to be 1-0. We’re big on that,” says Head Coach Egli. “We want to be 1-0 and win the Rec Bowl. And then after that, we want to beat Clark our rival you know our goal is to be undefeated going into district and that’s when that second season starts. We talk to the kids all the time, we can’t do any of that until we’re 1-0.”

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