By: Kayla Santiago
In only his first year as head coach of the Truman Tigers, Ben Johnson is ready to continue the winning tradition. Johnson spent the last two years as the offensive coordinator at Penn Wood and also had experience coaching at Chester.
The Tigers finished at the top of the conference with a 10-2 record in the 2018 season. Not only did the Tigers break a 20 year losing streak against Neshaminy and Pennsbury, but achieved their first playoff victory in program history. New head coach Ben Johnson has some big shoes to fill, but he wants to build on the Tigers success and get better with every game. He caught up with WBCB’s Kayla Santiago on Tuesday morning.
6-foot-2, 260 pound defensive tackle David Blay, made a name for himself after he made a great play in the first playoff win last season, striping the ball carrier and returning the fumble back to the 41 yard line. He looks to continue to make an impact this season when he takes the field for the Tigers. Blay, a key returning player, sees this year as a potential to grow and improve. David Blay says this game is more than just football, it’s motivation to provide for himself and his family.
Senior running back Terrence Rodgers, another returning starter to the Truman Tigers looks to continue the winning culture. Rodgers had a stellar season last year and will continue his strong work ethic going forward. Rodgers in his last season as a Tiger wants to make this year one to remember, before going off to college.
Returning Offensive Starters
RB Cason Hearn, WR Jordan Fant, WR Tymar Willis, OT Manny Johnson, TE Kashun Holden, RB Terrence Rodgers.
Returning Defensive Starters
DT Lawrence Baldwin, Dt David Blay.
Most Impactful 2018 Roster Loss
FB and DE Gabe Gipli.
Player to look out for in 2019
Coach wants to keep it a secret
Player who will surprise people in 2019
G and DT Rahmere McDuffie
The Tigers 2019 schedule can be found below!