FFN Countdown Day 4: Rogers Mounties
Coach: Shawn Flannigan
2012: 6-5, 3-4
Returning Starters: 4 OFF/4 DEF
Sept. 6 Mountain Home
Sept. 13 at Tahlequah
Sept. 20 Northside
Sept. 27 at Springdale
Oct. 4 Van Buren
Oct. 11 at Bentonville
Oct. 18 at Fayetteville
Oct. 25 Har-Ber
Nov. 1 at Siloam Springs
Nov. 8 Heritage
In 2012 quarterback Nick Wary did it all for Rogers, averaging 50 points a game when he was healthy. It was a run heavy offense for the Mounties. This year they’ll try to be a bit more balanced.
“There will be a little bit of changes,” said Wary’s brother Zack Wary. “As most people know we like to run the ball. We’re going to do what we need to do to stop what teams are keying on”
Rogers started the season 5-0, but then they hit the injury bug. Wary, among others, barely played the rest of the season. After that great start, the Mounties lost five of their last six.
“That was the biggest key why we fell off towards the end of the season,” said senior defensive lineman Alex McClung. “This year we’re stretching a lot more. We’re working out a lot more and I think the guys are prepared for the season. I think we’ll be able to make it through those little injuries we got last season.”
“We’re making sure we do things right with technique and not banging and pounding in practice,” said senior center Bryce Bray. “We’re trying to minimize that contact so we can save it for the games and turn it up.”
Last year’s six wins was the most since 2007 and more than the last three years combined. This group of seniors knows they can be part of a tradition that gets Rogers back to state-wide prominence, where they were just six years ago.
“It was a good turn around,” said Bray. “If our seniors can step up we should be able to turn the program around.”