Five questions with WJHS football coach Scott Marsh

Published 2:04 pm Friday, October 21, 2022

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The following Q and A was done with West Jessamine head Coach Scott Marsh by Journal contributing writer Gillian Stawiszynski during the summer. So far this season, the Colts are 3-5.

Question: Who are your key returning players?

“Our quarterback is a three-year starter, and he’s the leading passer in school history and number one rated quarterback in the state in his class, and his name is Jacob Jones. He’s number 11. And then we have a three-year starter returning at wide-receiver, Dalton Carter, he’s number 10, and then defensively, we have two three-year starters: Nathan Kohl, 42, and James Hatfield, 49.”

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Question: Were there any key players you had to replace from last year?

“Last year, we graduated a lot of seniors this year. Probably the biggest one from a production standpoint was a receiver named Ernest Stanfield. Our best senior didn’t even get to play; he tore his knee up before we even started.” 


Question: What are your team’s strengths this year?

“We’ve got some decent team speed. That’s probably our biggest strength. Obviously, our quarterback is our biggest strength far and away, he’s one of the best players in the state, and we’re lucky to have Jacob. We’re a very young team. We have six seniors. They’re gonna just continue, great kids- wonderful, wonderful people. I think we’re gonna keep getting better and better because of all the youths that we have.”


Question: What are some things you’ll have to improve on through the season?

“The biggest issue we’re gonna have is youth and then physicality; we’ve got to learn how to play more physically. That’s gonna be something the kids are gonna have to take upon themselves. One of them is fixable, and the other will take time and experience.”


Question: What games are you and the team most looking forward to?

“Well, I think obviously the East Jessamine game. The schools are just a couple miles apart from each other, so that’s always a big rivalry and a lot of fun. We’re in a situation that within our district, we’ve steadily kinda gone upward, but we still have a really big mountain to climb in Woodford County, which is a district opponent for us. They’re very very talented, so that’s our measuring stick for where we need to get to or how far we’ve come.”