Mount Pleasant is fresh off an undefeated regular season and Interstate Conference title, but the loss of seven all-conference players — including the school's all-time leading rusher and passer — will make it a hefty challenge for the Vikings to repeat those achievements.
"We are excited about the season. We are just very inexperienced," seventh-year coach Bo Ruffner said.
Gone are standout running back Tyler Mellors (1,738 yards and 29 touchdowns last season) and quarterback Ryan Gumbita.
Senior Nathan Pieszak (6-0, 160) will likely be the starter at quarterback. Three players rushed for more than 100 yards last season: Ethan Charlesworth (5-7, 160, Sr., RB), J.J. Ansell (5-10, 220, Sr., RB) and Jake Adamrovich (5-10, 175, Jr., RB).