Brookville is led by running back Tim Davis, who has 431 yards rushing and seven touchdowns already. Quarterback Keegan Mehr has completed 12 of 20 passes for 158 yards and five touchdowns.
“That’s one of the best-coached teams we will play,” Mullins said. “They are disciplined, they play hard. It’s going to be a tough, hard-nosed game against them. They don’t give you anything. I think it will be a low-scoring game, and the team that makes the least amount of mistakes will win the game.”
Monroe brings a fairly experienced squad to the gridiron. Mullins said the majority of the team returned from last year’s Co-East Southwest Buckeye League championship roster with the exception of four starting offensive linemen and an outside linebacker that graduated.
The defense is led by linebacker Wyatt McPherson, a 2021 second-team all-state selection, and defensive lineman Tyson Rupp.
On the other side of the ball, Monroe’s all-state running back paves the way, as Elijah Jackson is coming off a season in which he came up just shy of 2,000 yards rushing. He’s already amassed 516 yards and four touchdowns.
“Teams throw a lot of bodies in the box to contain him, but he’s already off to a great start,” Mullins said. “We have multiple guys you have to respect, ... but a lot of guys are focusing on Elijah. He was a second-team all-state pick for a reason, an explosive player that knows how to get the ball to the end zone.”
Mullins had high expectations coming into this season with so many talented players returning, and he believes the Hornets are ready for another step forward. Monroe went 8-3 last year after a 4-5 in 2020 and 2-8 in Mullins’ first season in 2019.
“Our goals are pretty much the same,” Mullins said. “We want to win the league, that’s our No. 1 goal. It’s a really good league and if you win our league, you’ve got a good shot in the playoffs to have a strong showing there. That’s our goal, but we have high expectations from this group because of the hard work put in and momentum from last year. We learned how to win last year and that’s something coming into this season, we didn’t have to teach them that. They know what it takes so that’s been a big jump in our expectations. We can focus on improving in other ways, and I’m excited to see what we can do.”