MORGANTOWN — No score was kept on Friday night between Morgantown High and Capital High School in a preseason scrimmage, but the Mohigans looked to be the stronger side on the gridiron at Pony Lewis Field.
Head coach Sean Biser will be coming into his third season at Morgantown, and really, this will be the first season he will have that won’t be limited by COVID. He says he has seen the growth in his team as a whole during the offseason.
“One of our biggest things this summer has been the time our kids have out in the weight room,” Biser said of his players’ growth. “We aren’t where we need to be by any stretch, we aren’t as strong as we should be, but as a whole we are much stronger than we have been. The heart of our team has gotten much stronger and it shows by the time they’ve put in during the offseason.
“The kids have really bought in to our program and have really spread the word and encouraged more kids to come out and we have some great effort put into the team.”
Morgantown controlled both sides of the field against the Cougars, gaining yards in multiple ways on offense, and scoring on both big yardage plays and plays in the red zone. Junior quarterback Maddox Bowers commanded his offense patiently as MHS used a strong mix of running and passing to be successful.
“Maddox will be a junior and stepping in last year and then getting hurt wasn’t ideal,” Biser said of his starting QB. “His biggest thing that has improved has been his mental game. His speed and athleticism has also improved, but he knows where the ball needs to go and knows how to be patient also. And he is a great leader. He wants nothing more than to see his team be successful first before himself.”
“As far as the offense, it’s just the same thing we’ve been doing that continues to evolve every year. We try and learn something new every year, new techniques, new schemes and it’s still our way of doing things, just maybe a different version based on the athletes that we have,” said Biser.
One thing that makes a difference in the eyes of Coach Biser is being able to work with his players during the school day, as Biser is the weightlifting teacher at MHS and as you could imagine, has many of his players in class.
“One big thing is everyone lifts in school, it’s huge how much they work,” he said. “I love being here and the community is great. The kids are amazing kids and I couldn’t be more happy and excited to get this season going full-swing.”
The Mohigans will begin their season with a trip on the road to South Charleston High School on Aug. 26. The home-opener is set for the following week against Bridgeport on September 2nd.
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