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MC 2020 Football Preview; Hassinger looking to lead charge at QB

By Brian Carson
Mifflin County
Huskies 2020 Preview

Coach: Scot Sechler

Assistants: Christian Hassinger (Offensive Coordinator), Kyle Baublitz (Defensive Coordinator), Butch Bender (Special Teams), Bob Douglas (Defensive Line), Colton Craig (Offensive Line), Trey Hartsock (Linebackers), Al Hepner (volunteer), Steve Himes (Defensive Backs)

Last Year: 3-7 (2-4 Mid-Penn Colonial)

Key Players: QB/OLB Brycen Hassinger (6-2, 185, Sr.); RB Gage Schaeffer (5-10, 190, Sr.); WR/DB Jayden Jackson (6-1, 180, Sr.); C/CL Jacob Rhodes (6-1, 260, Sr.); FB/DE Zach Williams (6-3, 225, Sr.); WR/DB Cody Bickhart (5-11, 145, Sr.); RB/LB Trey Kibe (6-0, 185, Sr.)

Outlook: Mifflin County joins a new division, moving up to the Mid-Penn Keystone, facing bigger challenges. The Huskies have both running back Gage Schaeffer and quarterback Brycen Hassinger coming back to lead the offense. Schaeffer enters his senior season as the all-time leading rusher in program history, while Hassinger is a dualthreat who led the team in rushing and passing in 2019 and now must learn a new offense – the triple option. Wide receiver Jayden Jackson is closing in on the program record for receiving yards, and he’ll lead a decentgroup of wideouts coming back after pacing the team with 450 yards through the air last season. The offensive and defensive lines are a work in progress for the Huskies as they face a formidable schedule in 2020.

Sechler quotes:

On the new league: “We’re excited about the season and being in the new league. It’s tough. We have Bishop McDevitt and Governor Mifflin right out of the gate. It’s a step up and that’s where we want to be. Eventually, I’d like to get back to the Commonwealth. We look forward to the tough schedule to see where we stand.”

Covid-19: “It’s been a crazy ride. Obviously, with the school cancelation, we lost spring ball, we lost the combine stuff we do; we lost our weight room and conditioning time. The kids did a good job of keeping things up on their own. They are adapting well. They are resilient and my staff has done an outstanding job.”

New offense: “We are installing a new offense, and that takes time. It takes a lot of repetitions and not having the spring to work on this kind of hurt us.  We talked about it throughout the off-season, but actually getting out there in a live session with pads on is quite a different thing.”

Outlook: “The season is going to come down to how our offensive and defensive lines perform. We have some new faces to mix in. I like our skill guys. We have some talent there. We want to win every game. That’s the goal. We want to be over the.500 mark so we can get into the playoffs.”

MC Huskies 2020 Schedule

9/25 Bishop McDevitt

10/2 @ Governor Mifflin (Non-League)

10/9 Red Land

10/16 @ Hershey

10/23 Palmyra

10/30 Cedar Cliff

11/6 @ Lower Dauphin


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