After a promising 3-3 start a year ago, things got bad for Mapletown down the stretch.
The Maples dropped their final three games and were outscored, 133-22. The tough ending, however, should prove to be a building block for coach George Messich's squad.
Several returning players gained varsity experience. In particular, the Maples should have a vastly improved and large offensive line.
Messich returns six players up front, including two senior guards and two players who saw significant action as a freshman and sophomore.
Mapletown will be led by junior quarterback Ben Boone, who sat out last season to concentrate on basketball.
“He's a real quick kid,” he said.
“He has a good arm and has come a long way in a short period of time. He has a lot of intangibles you want in a quarterback, and he's a very smart student on the field and in the classroom.”
Boone, who will lead the spread attack, has a deep crop of running backs, highlighted by senior Colby Kincell and junior Adam Hein.
“Every team who plays the game, your goals have to be to have a winning season and squeak into the playoffs,” Messich said. “We should continue to improve.”
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