Donnie Stoner set to lead alma mater as manual football coach

“16 years and I thought I would get a job a short time ago, but I was pretty intentional about where I wanted to land,” Stoner said. “Nothing better than coming back and giving back to where it all started.” After spending the last two years as Scott Carmony’s defensive coordinator, Stoner takes over. The place he played and graduated in 2002. “If there’s anything I’ve remembered is making sure these guys play the way this game is supposed to be played,” said Stoner said. The Crimsons have been a strong football program, and it will be a battle to stay there, especially after losing a strong senior class, including big program Jawuan Northington. Add that with the challenge of a schedule that includes the champion of reigning St. Xavier and rival Male. It’s a challenge Stoner and his team are taking on. “The last game of the season we lost by two and we had a really big star group in that game and we ended up being state champions,” senior center Drew McClure said. “I think we can go out and compete with anyone, any day of the week and we’re going to do our best no matter what.”

“The year 16 [as a coach] and I thought I would have a [head coaching] work a short time ago, but I was pretty intentional about where I wanted to land,” Stoner said. “Nothing better than coming back and giving back to where it all started.

After spending the last two years as Scott Carmony’s defensive coordinator, Stoner takes over. The place where he played and graduated in 2002.

“If there’s anything I’ve taken from [Carmony] is I make sure these guys play the way this game is supposed to be played,” Stoner said.

The Crimsons have been a strong football program, and it will be a battle to stay there, especially after losing a strong senior class, including big program Jawuan Northington.

Add to that the challenge of a schedule that includes defending state champion St. Xavier and rival Male. It’s a challenge Stoner and his team are taking on.

“The last game of the season we lost by two and we had a very important group of star players on that game and [St. X] ended up being state champion,” senior center Drew McClure said. “I think we can go out and compete with anyone, any day of the week and we’re going to do our best whatever. ‘he is coming.”

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