Mike Hartsock previews the Waynesville Spartans football team.

Waynesville looking to win again

“We’ve had a couple of seasons that aren’t up to our expectations,” Jordan said before practice this week.  “These guys have a bit of a chip on their shoulders of learning how to get through those times and learning how to win a game and multiple games and close things out.  They are getting to that point because over the last couple of years we’ve used a lot of young players.”

Those young guys are now seniors.  The Spartans return 17 starters from last year’s 1-9 team, and it’s a group that wants to bring the program back to where it used to be.

“Growing up, the 2011 team going undefeated,” senior Noah Little said.  “That was always a dream of mine when I was a little kid getting back there.  It would complete everything for me.”

The Spartans open their season at home against Bethel-Tate.  The Clermont county team smacked the Spartans to the tune of 47-22.

“We need a good start,” senior receiver Riley Blankenship said.  “As a team it makes us have the confidence to be able to get together and have a good year.  I think if we have a slow start it’s going to be a struggle for us, but I think we’re going to come out and have a good year.”