MORGANTOWN – Morgantown football head coach Sean Biser begins his fourth season at the helm of the program as the Mohigans aim to improve on two consecutive postseason appearances.
After a 6-5 record in 2022 in which a defeat by Martinsburg ended the season, Biser and his club are poised and ready to try and improve on their record and secure some improved position in the playoffs. The Mohigans defeated four playoff teams in the regular season in Bridgeport, University, Fairmont Senior, and Hedgesville. They also lost two games by three points each to Mussleman and state runner-up Parkersburg South.
“I’m excited for this season most because this is my first full group of my guys,” Biser said. “Last year’s seniors were freshman with the old staff, but this year will be all guys that I’ve had for up to four years.”
With four years under the belt of the senior class under Coach Biser, he says he expects his offense to be improved from years past, as the time that’s been put in begins to show.
“Things we are doing offensively are head and shoulders above where they were,” Biser said. “Our offense can take a while to get installed and you can’t just walk in and run it well. Now when you have kids that have been with it and worked on it and can run it it’s good.”
MHS has used a combination of spring and summer practice to prepare for the season coming this fall.
“We had six spring practices at the end of May, then went right into the three-week period at the beginning of June,” Biser said. “It’s been good, and we try not to monopolize too much time in the three week period because of that. The spring practices helps that a lot. We also held our speed school two days a week.”
Senior quarterback Maddox Bowers is returning this summer from an arm operation caused by an injury suffered last season. Fellow senior and first team all-state utility selection, Bobby Powell, will look to make an impact for the Mohigans along with senior fullback Chris Nutter on offense. Biser says Powell can be used at nearly every position on both sides of the ball and will be a leader on and off the field.
In the trenches, senior lineman Braylon Brown will lead the offensive line after the loss of two second team all-state players Eli Stahara and Seth Burke.
MHS will begin its season against South Charleston for the third consecutive season. The Black Eagles will visit Pony Lewis Field on August 25th. The following week, MHS will travel south to Bridgeport who will be looking to avenge last season’s 10-6 loss in Morgantown.
Two more high-caliber clashes will take place at Pony Lewis as Wheeling Park visits on September 29th and Parkersburg South on October 13th. The 2023 Mohawk Bowl will be held on October 27th at UHS on Baker’s Ridge.
“We need to be able to take the next step as a program,” Biser said. “I think getting over the hump is something we’re focused on this year and the ceiling is as high as the kids want it to be for them. It’s going to take hard work but we have some talented kids to be excited for.”
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