Team Preview: Montgomery Bell Academy

Find out the latest with Montgomery Bell Academy and their plans for the 2008 season. Coach McGugin spoke about the team and the 2008 season.

How do you feel about your team coming out of spring practice?

"We had a great spring. We had some great leadership. The work ethic and the tempo in which we do things have been established. Our players have totally bought into the way we do things. It works like clockwork, coaches could not be out there and our players would still understand what coaches expect of them."

Who are some of the players that have stepped up this spring?

"We have a bunch of seniors who are going to do great for us. One of the key guys is Wesley Johnson. Wesley was one of our best players last year. He's just a super lead on the field and off the field from a character standpoint. He is the cornerstone of what we do. He has ten plus offers from Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Miami Ohio, and Duke. I could sit here and name all thirty of us because we have thirty seniors. Scott Bubis is going to be a three year starter on the defensive line for us. Reggie Ford is going to be a returning starter in the defensive backfield. Our starting quarterback Spencer Wise is coming back and Patrick Crum our tailback. We have a bunch of guys at key positions that are returning."

What are the biggest challenges you face?

"The biggest challenge is the great competition that we play. Our in state competition is the best in the state, division II AA is the best league with the best players and best coaches. That in itself presents a challenge we look forward to. We have a great challenge in the Kirk Herbstreit classic against Archbishop Moeller High School. Our players are excited about it and our coaches are excited about it. Our competition is our biggest challenge. Because of the great schedule that we play we never really talk about our opponent and we always focus on ourselves and how we play."

How did you get involved in the Kirk Herbstreit challenge?

"Kirk Herbstreit's father is the one who runs the challenge and he called us the past winter and asked if we would be interested in it. After doing some research we decided it is something that we wanted to do. We are excited about the opportunity and it gives our kids a great opportunity to play on a national stage. We'll play Sunday August 31 noon kickoff Eastern Time."

How important is your home crowd?

"It's very important. We have an outstanding school community. It's not just about football but the whole school and what we do. We have great support from our alums, current students, faculty, staff, and parents. When they fill that stadium on a Friday night it creates a great high school football atmosphere."

What is it going to take to repeat as state champion?

"One thing we never talk about the state championship. We never talk about goals like that. We just talk about getting better everyday. We continue to work hard and take the little things everyday I think those bigger achievements will take over."

Who is MBA's biggest rival?

"I think it changes ever year. Our natural local rival whether it's a Father Ryan, which has a historical perspective, Brentwood Academy, who we've played in numerous state championship games, I would say they are our two biggest rivals."

Top players for the 2008 season as

Wesley Johnson, 6'5, 250 pound offensive linemen Scott Bubis, 5'11, 245 pound defensive linemen Reggie Ford, 5'11, 160 pound defensive back Owen Lipscomb, 6'2, 240 pound offensive linemen Joseph Sloan, 6'5, 240 pound tight end

Other Returning Starters

Spencer Wise, 5'11, 175 pound quarterback Reuben Thomas, 5'11, 250 pound defensive linemen Andrew Fletcher, 5'9, 140 pound junior kicker

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