Marais des Cygnes Valley football team enters 2020 with heightened expectations after earning its first playoff appearance since 2015 last year.
Lewis Whitson enters his 4th season at the Trojans’ helm with a 5-22 record at the school. Despite making the playoffs at 3-6, MDCV is in search of its first winning season since 2015.
A strong nucleus of Juniors will put the Trojans in an excellent position to do just that.
Cole Lacey leads the bunch after earning Honorable Mention Lyon County League Quarterback as a sophomore a year ago with over 1,800 yards of total offense. His key weapons on offense will be Ryan Baker and Wyatt Lingenfelter.
Whitson’s Trojans return six players on each side of the ball with starting experience. That experience could pay dividends in pursuit of a playoff victory.
The Trojans had a 3-1 record against the opponents they will face in their district this year. They defeated Wakefield, Rural Vista, and Hartford while losing to Lebo. Centre-Lost Springs defeated for the Trojans last year in a 56-6 contest.
For 2020 to be a success for MDCV, they must stay healthy.
Injuries have hampered the Marais des Cygnes Valley football team in the last several years. As with most 8-Man II teams, depth is always a concern. Whitson expects many newcomers to push his top 8 for playing time.
“We were not satisfied with just reaching the playoffs last year. This season we will see who really wants, and who is willing to themselves and teammates to take the next step to accomplish our goals,” stated Whitson on the upcoming season.
Marais des Cygnes Valley football kicks off their season with Lyon County League rival Waverly on Friday, September 4th, 2020.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that Centre-Lost Springs & MdCV did not meet last season. We apologize for the error.)