This year, for the first time, Montgomery-Rockville's football games will be on radio. It's another of many steps forward the program has taken since Phil Martin became coach in 1982.
Martin's first team went 1-9. "We had no recruits and an atrocious attitude," he said. He quickly turned it around as the Fighting Knights were 5-4-1 in 1983.
In 1984, Montgomery-Rockville was 6-3-1 and tied for a share of the JuCo Central Athletic Conference championship.
In a junior college program the high turnover rate dictates a need for several recruits. One position that will need immediate help is quarterback, where Earl Hoffman, a second-team junior college all-America, has moved on to West Liberty State.
Martin is hoping Mitch Bullock of Laurel High School can be an able successor. Bullock, an honorable mention all-Met choice last year, will have the luxury of throwing to a familiar target, his brother Mike, also in his first year.
The backfield is sound with the return of running back Tori Vactor, who rushed for over 1,000 yards last year.
But it's defense that has been most responsible for Martin's success at Montgomery-Rockville. "I love our defense," said Martin, who doubles as defensive coordinator. "The defensive backfield has the most quality since I've been here, and there's a lot of depth at most positions. In fact, there's probably more skilled players here this year than ever before."