Indians feature good size, athletic ability up front

    UNION CITY, Ind. - The Union City Indians varsity football team held an inner-squad scrimmage Saturday morning - as many family, friends and fans got a preview of the 2019 players and new coaching staff.

    The biggest change is the return of past head coach Keith Maloy, who returns to lead the team this season. He is very excited to not only be back at the helm, but to see a good-sized roster with many talented players.

    One thing Coach Maloy talked most about is the size and athleticism of his offensive and defensive line.

    “We got a lot of big, aggressive linemen that will play a major part in giving our young quarterbacks more time in the pocket and putting pressure on opposing offenses,” the coach said.

    Saturday’s practice gave the coaching staff a lot of insight into who will be taking the field - as they prepare for Friday’s pre-season scrimmage against visiting Southern Wells. The battle for starting quarterback position is still up in the air, according to Coach Maloy, but Saturday’s performance by junior Hunter Reagan gave him the edge over sophomore Brenden Wright to take the first snap for Friday’s home scrimmage.

    Currently, Union City’s roster sits at 31 players, with depth at some key positions, though some players will be needed to play both sides of the ball. As in every season with small schools, avoiding injuries is key. According to Maloy, other keys to the teams’ success this season is how quickly the players learn the system and how physical they play.

    After the scrimmage, the Indians will open the regular season Aug. 23 on the road for a Tri-Eastern Conference showdown with the Titans of Tri High School.