MARIETTA - Eleven autumns have come and gone since Marietta High last posted a winning football campaign.
The year was 2002, and the Tigers went 8-3. Not only that, but in the process they clinched the school's only playoff berth.
It's a good memory, and Jason Schob, as a sophomore defensive back, recalls it well, and is mindful of the history since that season. But the first-year MHS head coach is not going to dwell on it. It is after all history.
His concern is the present and the future of Marietta High football.
"One of the main things that we are trying to accomplish this year is to change the culture of Marietta (High) football," said 27-year-old Schob, who became the sixth MHS football boss since 2007 when he was hired in March."
Schob succeeded Adam Eichhorn, now a Marietta College assistant. Last fall, Schob was an offensive coordinator on a 2-8 Tiger squad.
Head coach: Jason Schob, 1st year
Assistant coaches: Scott Murphy, Vince Elder, Nate Black, Jeff Davis, Garic Warner, Tom Fulton, Tom Zakowski, Ryan Boley, and Scott Canter
Aug. 29:at Morgan
Sept. 5:at Warren
Sept. 19:Gallia Academy
Oct. 10:Bishop Rosecrans
Oct. 17:at New Philadelphia
Oct. 24:at Dover
Oct. 31:at Zanesville
"To achieve this," Schob continued, "we have three major goals for our team."
"One," he said, "do the right things both on and off the field.
"Being individually responsible for what you do off the field and understanding and executing jobs and assignments on the field.
"Two, learn to compete all the time. In both preparation in the offseason, in practices, and during every single play on Friday nights."
This summer, the 2014 Marietta High team has been conditioning, speed training, and of course lifting.
MHS begins two-a-days on Monday. Its first scrimmage is at Barnesville Aug. 13, and then is home against Amanda Clearcreek Aug. 16 and John Marshall Aug. 21. The orange and black are slated to open the season at Morgan at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29.
"And, No. 3," Schob said, "to become great teammates and play for each other. Need to care more about the success as a team rather than individual stats and accolades.
"These goals will lead to success that will be seen on the field, in the school, and in the community."
Schob is pleased with the turnout, but there could always be more players on the gridiron, especially in an Ohio Division III, Region 9 school like Marietta.
"We are expecting between 55-60 kids out for this year's football team," the coach said.
Marietta High graduated some good ones from last year's squad, including slotback Quinton Coffield, now playing at Marietta College; Matt Morris, a freshman tight end at Fairmont State; quarterback/DB Anthony Kimbrough; wide receivers' Grae Setterstrom, and Connor Beavers; running backs' Chance Wright and Spencer Frum; kicker Brent Huck; and linemen Cogan Bishop, Ryan Lutz, Bryan Lutz, Jonnie Hedrick, Tyler Ritchey, and Zack Kuhn.
Schob and his staff have some quality returnees, though, to work with this upcoming season.
At the all-important position of quarterback, there are junior John Henry and sophomore Trent Dawson. Both took varsity snaps last fall.
"Both players are working very hard, are developing into good leaders, and bring different skills to the position," Schob said.
As a former prep and college quarterback himself, Schob will be providing guidance to Henry and Dawson. When he was an MHS signal caller in 2003-04, he passed for more than 3,600 yards and was honored as a second-team all-stater.
After graduation, Schob threw at the collegiate level for both Findlay and Wooster.
"Offensively, we will be running the Wing-T this season along with mixing in some other sets to take advantage of our team strengths and abilities," Schob said.
Right now, the Tigers look pretty deep at running back with seniors' Austin Jones and Garrett Davis leading the way. Also in the mix are junior Bernard Johnson and sophomores' Aaron Elliott, Garrett Lehman, and Nathan Ritzman.
"Early on, this seems to be an area of strength," Schob said. " This group includes some strong, hard runners, as well as several that possess breakaway ability."
Marietta also has depth at the wideout position with seniors' Reiss Holt and Austin Magers; juniors' Corey Adams and Alex Grosklos; and sophomores' Isaac Danford and Travis Moore.
The tight end candidates are senior Grant Lehman, junior Brandon Demaio, and sophomore Bailey Wright.
Up front on the line will be seniors' Evan Rhodes, Tyler Haught, and Zach Hearn; juniors Easton Wynn, Austin Yoak, and Heath Stevens; and sophomores' Matt Ford, Darnell Kimbrough, and Michael Crawford.
On defense, MHS is planning to be in a 4-3 alignment.
"We want to take advantage of some of our athletic and aggressive players and allow us to adjust to the different offenses we will see throughout the year," Schob said.
Several of the players on the offensive team will be going both ways. On the D-line, the candidates are Grant Lehman, Bailey Wright, Adams, Wynn, Rhodes, Hearn, Kimbrough, Haught, Yoak, Stevens, and Crawford.
At linebacker, there are Davis, Ford, Johnson, Henry, Demaio, Jones, Moore, and Ritzman.
"Garrett Davis led our team in tackles last season," Schob said. "He has really stepped up and become a tremendous leader for us this off season."
Davis incidentally was a wrestling standout, who was a state tournament alternate last winter.
In the defensive secondary, look for Danford, Dawson, Lehman, Holt, Elliott, Magers, or Grosklos.