Schedule, coach, roster
8/25 (Sat.) Olivet at Western Mich. U. (5:30)
8/30 DELTON KELLOGG
9/14 at Kalamazoo Christian
9/21 at Battle Creek Pennfield
10/5 KALAMAZOO HACKETT CATHOLIC
10/12 at Galesburg-Augusta
10/19 at Schoolcraft
* Age: 37
* Playing experience: Olivet High School 1991-92, Olivet College 1993-94
* Coaching experience: Maple Valley 2009-present
* Career record: 4-23
* Full-time job: Maple Valley math teacher
* Assistant coaches: Steve Hopkins, Ryan Hickey, Jay Carrigan, Scott Johnson, Jeff Fisher
2 Anthony Mahler WR/DB…jr.
5 Garret Mater TE/DB…sr.
6 Dylan Kennedy RB/LB…jr.
9 Tyler Hickey QB/OLB…jr.
10 Austin Gonser WR/DB…jr.
11 Ryan Nisse WR/DB…sr.
12 Tommy Mudge WR/DB…jr.
17 Beau Johnson QB/OLB…so.
17 Tad Mead WR/DB…jr.
20 Brandon Erwin WR/DB…jr.
21 Garrett Miller RB/DB…sr.
27 Cody Cripe RB/DB…sr.
32 Daniel Langman WR/DB…jr.
50 Gabriel Hicks OL/LB…jr.
52 Dayton Ashley OL/DL…sr.
58 Storm Ewing OL/DL…jr.
66 Zack Rosenberger OL/DL…jr.
69 Keegan Yost OL/DL…sr.
70 Matt Wehr OL/DL…sr.
72 Diego Pesina OL/DL…sr.
73 Brandon Ripley OL/DL…sr.
74 Travis Franks OG/DE…jr.
75 Jeremy Fisher OL/DL…jr.
5 on offense
6 on defense
Tyler Hickey, 6-2, 195, sr. QB
Tommy Mudge, 6-0, 175, sr. WR
Garrett Miller, 5-9, 150, sr. RB
Dayton Ashley, 6-4, 215, sr. OT
Tyler Hickey, 6-2, 195, sr. OLB
Tommy Mudge, 6-0, 175, sr. DB
Brandon Erwin, 5-10, 165, sr. DB
Garrett Miller, 5-9, 150, sr. S
Keegan Yost, 6-2, 250 sr. DE
Matt Wehr, 5-9, 190, sr. NG
Brandon Ripley, 5-11, 250, sr. DT
Garret Mater, 5-11, 160, sr. TE/DB
Austin Gonser, 6-3, 160, jr. WR/DB
Travis Franks, 5-7, 200, jr. OG/DE
Beau Johnson, 5-10, 170, so. QB/OLB
Zack Rosenberger, 5-9, 250, OL
Ryan Nisse, 5-10, 150, sr. WR/DB
RESTORE THE ROAR
Life in the KVA has not been kind to Maple Valley, once a perennial football power. The Lions last won a league title in 2001 and hope to post their first winning season since 2005 — their last year in the old SMAA –and rebound from two consecutive 1-8 seasons. “We have to get rid of our losing mentality,” Lincoln said.
QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY
Valley will have just 23 players on their varsity roster, with just eight seniors, but they have experienced players scattered in key positions. One of them, Tyler Hickey, will be a three-year starter at linebacker and take the snaps at QB for the second straight year, and wide receiver Tommy Mudge and running back Garrett Miller will also return. Miller is also a three-year starter on defense, at safety.
The Lions will bring bulk to the trenches, with Keegan Yost, Zack Rosenberger and Charlotte transfer Brandon Ripley all weighing in at 250 pounds, along with 6-4, 215-pound senior Dayton Ashley. Senior nose tackle Matt Weir will be the fireplug in the middle at 5-9, 190.
SPEED AND SMARTS
Lincoln lists overall team speed and intelligence as two strengths of this year’s Lions. “(We’re a) smart football team because of our discipline and (grade-point average),” he said.