Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 7, 2012

Grose carries the loads for Montcalm

MONTCALM — Jason Grose will be a busy young man on Friday nights this fall, just like his Montcalm High School teammates. You won’t hear him complaining about being assigned to heavy duty on offense, defense and special teams.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” he said at the start of practice earlier this week at Prudich Field.

As a sophomore last year, Grose ran the ball for “somewhere around 1,200 yards,” said head coach Jimmy Redmond. “He’s a hard runner. That’s what you want. ... Jason and Marcus [Bailey] are going to get a lot of carries.”

Grose said, “I’m the one who goes straight up the middle. ... I love the inside. I love taking all the heat.”

Redmond said, “He’ll take it pretty much up the middle. But he’ll make a move or two — he can break it.”

Grose said he’s not satisfied with last fall’s performance. “It makes me hungry,” the 190-pound junior said. “It makes me want to do even more.”

That could definitely be possible, since the Generals were just barely learning Redmond’s modified spread offense last August in the coach’s rookie season.

“We were trying to learn it while we were playing it,” Grose said. “I believe we’ll do a lot better. We’re picking up on plays a lot faster. We’ve got a lot of seniority — a lot of veteran players.”

One of those is Bailey, a senior running back who plays harder than his 152-pound listing might indicate. Grose said, “Marcus Bailey, he’s just an awesome blocker.”

Another senior in the backfield, Aaron Presley, will be in his third year as the Generals’ quarterback and is able to take some pressure off the running game with his reads and his passing.

“Aaron knows the offense,” Redmond said. “And he knows what it takes to win.”

Grose said he will miss running through holes opened up by his brother Jeff Grose, who was a senior last year.

Jason Grose is projected to be an anchor of the defense at linebacker. Asked about what he likes about playing on the defensive side of the ball, his answer was disarmingly simple.

“I want to get the ball back so I can run it,” he said.

Redmond is “a good teacher,” Grose said, explaining that it’s paid benefits in team morale, knowledge of assignments and dedication.

“We’ve got a lot more spirit than last year,” he said. “Those who played last year know a lot more. They’re a lot more into it. Those of us who’ve been here, we haven’t missed a practice yet.”

The Generals start their season with three road games, starting on Aug. 24 at far-away Hundred High School. Montcalm will not have a game on Prudich Field until Sept. 14.

— Contact Tom Bone at

tbone@bdtonline.com

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