Workers have repaired the foundation of McDowell’s stadium in the offseason.
Funny, that is exactly what first-year football coach Andy Morgan has in mind for the Titans, too.
Morgan, who began his career as an assistant at the area’s largest high school 18 years ago, has been dealt a pretty fair hand. Thirteen returning starters (seven offense, six defense) are back from a 4-8 team, including two backs who averaged more than five yard per carry — Terrion Camp (782 yards, three touchdowns) and Matthew Moss (702 yards, five touchdowns).
Ben Ballew has gotten the early-season nod at quarterback. He was the JV starter as a sophomore and will help the Titans transition from an I-formation offense to the spread. Tyler Banks (26 catches for 382 yards and three touchdowns) and Chase Justice (23 catches for 252 yards and one touchdown) have proven themselves as trusty receiving options.
Kaali Kobe (61 tackles), Adam Randolph (49) and Micah Detwiler (40) all made 40 or more tackles last fall.
McDowell’s opponent for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game in Marion is R-S Central. The Hilltoppers have nine starters on both sides of the ball back from a 6-6 team in 2015. They edged McDowell, 14-10, a year ago.