The Muhlenberg Muhls finished 7-5 last season (4-3 in Section 1) and got a brief taste of success with a 42-20 victory over James McCoughlin in the first round of the District 3-AAAA playoffs.
For head coach Rich Kolka and the Muhls to be successful this season, they will need to find a replacement for quarterback Adam Huber. The recent graduate had been under center for the previous three years, including the last two as a starter.
Heading into camp, junior Quindon Stinson seems to be the favorite for the job. Luckily for Stinson, or whoever takes the snaps this season, they will have star running back Ben Ortiz. Ortiz, a senior, rushed for 1,123 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
The Muhls will return a solid offensive line, which will be anchored by senior center Aaron Lightcap. He was an All-Berks selection last season.
Senior wide receiver Eli Quinter is another All-Berks player is returning on offense for the Muhls. Quinter hopes to follow up his 34 catch, 385 yard, five touchdown season with a strong senior campaign.
With such a strong returning group, it should make for a smooth transition for whoever the signal caller is for Muhlenberg this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Muhlenberg will be led by junior linebacker Brock Stoudt, another All-Berks selection for the Muhls in 2012.
Other returning members of the linebacker corps include Zach Zimmerman and Dakota Thompson. Quinter also figures to play just as prominent a role in the secondary as he does on the offensive side of the ball.
Several seniors are poised to make the Muhls defense a force to reckon with in Section 1. Some to keep an eye on are defensive backs Justin Wanner and Julian Arroyo.
The defensive line will be led by Lightcap and senior Jacob Hess, who proved to be very effective last season.
Led by a strong group of senior standouts, especially at the skill positions, the Muhls should be in the mix for a Section 1 championship when camp opens.
The Muhls will open the season at home against Bishop McDevitt on August 30th and expect the Muhl Mafia to be out in full force.