Mohawks’ football focused on defense, finding new QB during minicamp

MINICAMP: Morley Stanwood’s Aiden Nelson (quarterback) looks for an open receiver during minicamp on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

MINICAMP: Morley Stanwood’s Aiden Nelson (quarterback) looks for an open receiver during minicamp on Wednesday. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

MORLEY — Last year, the main focus during Morley Stanwood’s football minicamp was the offense.

During minicamp this season, the main emphasis has been the defense.

“Last year, we implemented a new offense, so unfortunately,  we spent the majority of the camp and two weeks of practice on offense so we were smooth (when the season began),” Mohawks’ coach Clark Huntey said. “When we did that, we lost some focus on defense. But now with the offense in, we’re focusing a little more on defense and tackling. Our tackling last year wasn’t good.”

The minicamp began Monday and concludes Thursday.

“We’ve been lifting a little bit, working on some new plays and working a lot on defense,” Morley Stanwood senior linebacker/fullback Mike Carey said.

Carey and his brother, Tom, are among several key returners on offense.

“Camp is going better than I expected,” Mike said as he wiped sweat from his forehead after practice on Wednesday, with temperatures rising into the 80s. “We’re
picking up on some new plays. Guys are going through it pretty well. We have some good players coming up (from junior varsity), too. We just have to keep working.”

However, a new quarterback will be under center after starter Chase Huntey graduated. Junior Nic Huntey and sophomore Aiden Nelson have been sharing repetitions during practice.

“Nic ran the offense a little bit last year after Chase went down during a game,” Mike said. “He’s been working hard in the offseason and is doing better each day.”

The Mohawks qualified for the playoffs last year after finishing the regular season 6-3, but lost to Sanford Meridian in a Division 6 pre-district matchup.

“We made the playoffs last year, but we want to go further this year,” Mike said.  “It’s also about having fun. I just like being around the guys, going out there trying our hardest and trying to win.”

Morley Stanwood begins official practices on Aug. 10 before opening the season Aug. 27 at Central Montcalm.

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Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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