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Murphy Fair's Scouting Report on Loretto

September 4, 2013
Perry County High School

For those who thought last year's two-round run in the playoffs by Loretto was a flash of brightness that won't happen again for a while, hold on to your hat. There's a pretty good chance third year Lee Boyd and his Mustang football team may do it again in 2013. But this time, the playoff effort just might be more than two weeks long. Starters are back at eight defensive positions and 7 regulars return on offense. Loretto has a very demanding schedule and the team doesn't have alot of depth. But if this bunch of Mustangs can survive the regular seasonwith little or no injuries, they'll certainly be well prepared for a strong post season run. Returning at quaterback for his Senior season is Matt Rosson (6-1, 170). A great leader with a strong arm, Rosson threw for more than 1,000 yards last year and rushed for more than 500. He earned second team All-Region honors at quarterback and is expected to be a top flight field general again this year. Also earning post season honors for their efforts in 2012 were Seniors Taylor Wilson (5-11, 300), Cory Allen (5-10, 165) and Brandon Byrd (5-10, 300). Thier return to the lineup will certainly give fans plenty to cheer about in the coming campain. Afirt team All-Region offensive lineman, Wilson sees regular action on both sides of the ball. Much of last year's ground attack began with him clearing the way at tackle. He's worked very hard in the weightroom, gaining strength and losing some weight. Look for him to have another great season in the trenches. Byrd is another All-Region lineman but earned his distinction for work along the defensive front. Akey run stopper, he'll be called upon for regular work at offensive guard this year. Allen is a four-year starter and the leader of the defense at linebacker. He plays much stronger than his size might indicate. Another hard worker, he's made great strides in the strength department and has also improved his speed. He has potential to play at the next level. Although Allen will likely display the lion's share of leadership, he can't do it all by himself. Other seniors in addition to those already mentioned will need to do their part. They include Dalton Neese (5-6, 160, Tyler Carter (6-0, 200), Ryan Ward (6-0, 215), Matt Moore (5-10, 175, Cody Fisher (5-9, 150), and Hunter Curtis (6-3, 280). Neese gets the call at tailback. He has some big shoes to fill but has worked hard in the off-season to improve his strength and speed. He's ready for the challenge. Ward moves from quarterback to a wing or slot position. At 215 pounds, he's not only a load to bring down, he's also an awesome blocker for Neese. Carter returns at guard. Another great leader with great technique, he's an outstanding blocker at the point of attack. He's extremely reliable. Curtis has a big body. He'll likely start at center, getting every offensive play off to a great start. Moore (Linebacker) and Fisher (Cornerback) are defensive guys who do a great job at keeping the opposition from advancing the ball. Moore leads by example. A physical player, he gets to the ball in a hurry and is a sure-handed tackler. Fisher is tough and has great speed. Expect him to make strong contributions at both Fullback and Cornerback. Loretto's Junior class will also be well represented on this year's Mustang turf. It includes Miles Burks (6-4, 200), Luke Fleming (6-4, 170), Mason Purser (6-1,200), Nick Green (6-3, 260), Tyler Jamison (6-4, 270), Jesse Estes (6-0, 200), and Logan Nunley (6-0, 200). All have exceptional size and all are expected to see significant time on the field this year. Burke has both great hands and great athletiic ability. That's a strong combination for work at split end. Not only is he a big target for Rosson, he's also a big hitter at safety. Fleming also brings a lot of ability to each side of the line. He'll also compete for time in the secondary and can be used at a number of positions on offense. Playing in the heart of the Mustang defense, Purser marks his third year of starting action at linebacker this fall. Another hard hitter, he anchors the middle of the defense and does a great job there. Green is an interesting combination of size and athleticism. Listed at defensive tackle, he can also handle duties at quarterback. Expect to see him at multiple positions this fall. Jamison, Estes, and Nunley are all destined for duties in the trenches. Estes might find a home at linebacker but battles with Nunley for time at tight end as well. Jamison should see intereior line play on either side of the line of scrimmage. Sophomores Dalton Faulkner (6-1, 170) and Jake Nelson (6-3, 225) also work hard to gain admittance into the lineup. Look for Faulkner at wideout, cornerback, and linebacker. Nelson shown promise as another lineman. 

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