LM football anticipating solid season

Posted on: August 15, 2016

The next chapter for Little Miami football is waiting to be written.

After going 3-27 in the last three seasons, the Little Miami Panthers are more than ready to be winners. New head football coach Nate Mahon says he knew he was coming into a program that had its issues, and knowing that, he set about changing the entire identity of Panther football.

Mahon, who left SWOC rival Northwest with a 21-12 record, joined the district as head coach and high school assistant principal in January. Since his hiring, Mahon has worked to connect with players of all ages and to bring excitement and enthusiasm into the program.

From revitalized weight room regimens to the new Top Cat performance contests, Little Miami players are living by the slogan “BrickXBrick” and building toward the new season.

“We want to make sure we compete in every game and on every play from freshmen football through varsity football,” he said. “We want the kids to enjoy competing and we are looking to win at all levels.”

Mahon said he would be looking to a tight-knit class of seniors to lead the way.

“We have a small senior class but we have a great group of seniors,” he said. “These guys have been working hard since January in the weight room. They have set the tone and have really led the team through a very demanding off-season. I am proud of them to this point. We hope they continue to lead our younger players in the same direction as the season progresses.”

Those seniors include offensive lineman Jacob “Bull” Ungruhe, Josh Davidson (OL/DL), Austin Haggard (WR), Kameron Bates (WR/DB) and quarterback Dylan Carpenter. Expect strong contributions from juniors Jake Shirey (WR/DB), David Tosh (LB/RB) and Grant Frith (“Top Cat” winner, LB), Mahon said.

Sophomore running back Lucas Patten, who ran for 511 yards last season and has been proclaimed all-league material this season, is another key part of Mahon’s playbook.

The Panthers will face a tough SWOC schedule, where five of the seven teams finished with a winning or .500 season record last year. Along with tough SWOC teams, Little Miami will face off against Miami Valley Conference powerhouse Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in Week 10.

“Mt. Healthy is still the team to beat in the SWOC,” Mahon said. “We are looking forward to a challenging schedule, finishing off with CHCA.  But our goal right now is win week one vs. Wilmington. That game can set the tone for the entire season.

“We hope to bring an exciting brand of football to Friday nights and Saturday mornings,” Mahon said. “It is our goal to get people to want to come out and watch us play and enjoy seeing us compete!”

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