The Metro East Lutheran Knights football program has been in need of players in recent years. Athletes from Madison High School interested in competing in football needed a place to play. The schools combined athletes and a new program is ready to take the field in 2015.
The two schools, which are also joining forces in cross country, will play as one for the first time when they play host to Bunker Hill on Aug. 28.
Tschudy’s team was 0-9 with five forfeits a year ago.
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The addition of Madison athletes make Metro East Lutheran a faster, more athletic team on the offensive side of the football. Junior Vince Young will be the Knights quarterback, while another junior — Maulik Allen — could both have immediate impacts in the Prairie State Conference. Both Allen, a running back, and Young are from Madison.
“Some of these kids from Madison have played football but since Madison didn’t have a football program, its been a few years since they were in junior high or pee-wee football since they’ve played,” Tschudy said. “Vince Young is a good athlete who can both run and throw the football well and Maulik (Allen) is probably goes at about 190 pounds, but he’s got good speed and is a strong kid.”
Two Metro East Lutheran players — Brett Masters and Grant Mitchell — also will be mainstays on both side of the football.
“We’re going to have good size up front, probably averaging about 210-220 across the board and we have a lot of talent at the wide receiver spots,” Tschudy said. “One of the big things we’ve had to go with 10 to 15 new athletes from Madison is to access whese kids do well and then see where they fit in. I don’t think there is any doubt we will be much more athletic than we’ve been in the past.”
Mitchell will be a mainstay on the defensive line while Masters, Young and Allen will also be two-way starters, most likely at linebacker.
— Dean Criddle
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at Bunker Hill
at Kincaide (South Fork)
at Mount Olive
At Bunker Hill
Kincaide (South Fork)
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