The Ashland Grizzlies surprised quite a few people with their success last season. Picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Midwestern Conference, the Grizzlies went 5-2 in league play, good for a second place finish. Ashland made it to the state quarterfinals after a pair of thrilling playoff games, before eventually bowing out to Sherwood.
This fall, the Grizzlies have a lot of experience to replace on the line, but are well stocked at the skill positions. Quarterback Danial White is a dual threat who helped lead Ashland to impressive offensive numbers in his sophomore season. He’s paired with returning running back Jon Volz, who ran for 1,000 yards in 2011. So even though the Grizzlies lost 22 seniors to graduation last year, expectations are still high for 2012.
“I definitely think our program expects a lot and puts a lot into our kids,” said White. “Even when we lose seniors, we have kids that come in and fill their roles and I’m completely confident that we’ll have a good team this year.”
Ashland begins its season August 31st at Klamath Union before playing its home opener the following week against Lebanon.