Mapleton Mounties

Two Mapleton High School football players storm the field with red and blue smoke signals.

The Mounties will again compete in Region 22 of Division VI after qualifying for the playoffs as the No. 14 seed last fall. Mapleton lost to Columbia 42-22 in the opening round, finishing the season with a 6-5 record under Matt Stafford. … The Mounties have qualified for the playoffs in each of Stafford’s three seasons in charge. … Mapleton finished fourth in the Firelands last fall. Mapleton’s lone Firelands Conference championship came in 1991. … Senior linebacker Mark Miller was an All-Firelands Conference first-team pick last fall. The Mounties lost All-FC first-team offensive lineman Sheldon Hartzler to graduation. … Senior Kollin Cline was an All-FC pick as a defensive back (second team) and as a quarterback (honorable mention). … The Mounties averaged 33.5 points and surrendered 33.0 points a game last fall.