Six seniors and one junior comprise the list of position captains for this year’s football team. All played significant roles last year in helping Massillon to a 10-4 record and a spot in the playoff state semifinals. The players named are as follows:
Dean Clark – Defensive back. Second on the team last year with 68.5 tackle points, including 44 solo tackles and 49 assists. 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Also caught seven passes for 131 yards and one touchdown.
Justin Gaddis – Offensive line. Returning starter anchoring a line that rushed for 2,353 yards and surrendered just nine sacks through 14 games.
Aidan Longwell – Quarterback. Completed 166 of 282 passes for 2,423 yards and 21 touchdowns. Threw just five interceptions. His pass efficiency of 322 and yards per attempt of 19.1 against Youngstown Ursuline ranks first all-time.
Kyshad Mack – Linebacker. Assumed the starting role midway through the season. Sixth last year with 38.5 tackle points. Three tackles for loss and one sack. Will also play some wide receiver this year.
Tre’von Morgan – Wide receiver. Caught 36 passes for 489 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the game winner last year against Canton McKinley.
Jamir Thomas – Running back. Rushed 349 times for 1506 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per carry. Scored 21 touchdowns. Set a new mark for total carries in a season, eclipsing the old one by 96 carries. Third all-time in total yards for a season. His 42 attempts against Canton McKinley is the second highest all-time. Also played linebacker, recording 27 tackle points. One interception.
Deon Williams – Offensive line / defensive line. Returning starter on both sides of the line. Last year recorded 23.5 tackle points and one quarterback sack.