August 29, 2019
A new season of Ashland football kicks off this weekend with a new face wearing the head coaches hat on the sideline. Following 17 seasons with Scott Valentine running the program, that included 10 playoff appearances, the Arrows will begin a new era under Sean Seder this fall.
Senior athletes said there's definitely a different vibe at practice under the direction of their new head coach, which includes a different philosophy on both sides of the ball. Offensively, Ashland has become known for their spread system, which the team will continue to use, adding a few more variations and wrinkles.
On the defensive side of the ball is where the Arrows figure to look much different, changing their fronts and schemes to better fit their personnel. Players feel as though they'll be a more physical and aggressive team under Seder, but also believe they're being overlooked with a new coach at the helm combined with a tough finish to the 2018 season.
The Arrows faltered down the stretch last season, losing each of their last four games following a 5-1 start. Ashland feels as though they'll be looked at as an underdog in the OCC this year because of that, and they look forward to playing spoiler for any team who may overlook them.