But a rash of injuries saw a promising 4-2 start tailspin into a 0-4 finish.
“We had broken fingers, an ACL, an MCL, a broken scapula, four broken arms, a chipped elbow and five concussions all in one year,” said Mount Pisgah head coach Doug Dixon. “When you have small numbers like us that makes things really challenging and it became a frustrating year.”
The frustrations for Dixon have led to changes on and off the field as Mount Pisgah looks for a fresh start this fall.
The Patriots have new coordinators on both sides of the ball, new offensive and defensive systems, and for the first time since week one of last season they have a healthy roster.
“We’re excited about what we have with six returning starters on offense, eight on defense, and two new coordinators,” said Dixon who added Caleb Perry to revamp his offense and Mike Forester to build his defense.
Perry comes to Mount Pisgah from Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark., where he won state championships in 2006, 2008, 2009, and finished as state runner-up in 2007.
Dixon said Perry brings with him an offensive scheme similar to Gus Malzahn’s offense that took college football by storm in 2010, when his spread attack helped the Auburn Tigers win a national championship and Cam Newton win the Heisman Trophy.
“It’s an offense based on spreading the field, and getting athletes into space. That’s what we’re going to do this year, throw it around a lot and hurry up to the line,” said Dixon.
Forester, an accomplished football mind in his own right, comes to Mount Pisgah with 19 years of coaching experience at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala. — where he claimed three state championship rings of his own in 1998, 1999 and 2003.
“We’re excited about the opportunity we have in region 6. It’s one of the better regions in class-A but we think we can compete with anyone,” said Dixon.
8-24 Mt. Vernon
10-12 King’s Ridge
10-26 Mt. Paran
11-9 Region Play-In