Trotwood (Ohio) Madison head coach Jeff Graham played the game at the highest level during his playing career.
Over the past several years, Graham has stayed connected to the game, coaching many young and talented players over the years. In 2019, Graham led the Rams to the OHSAA Football Division III state championship.
With success, Graham and the Rams saw their conference push them aside, forcing them to become independent and play one of the most demanding schedules in Ohio.
Week One saw the Rams take on defending Division II state champion Winton Woods, then an always challenging and undefeated Kettering Fairmont team followed in Week Two, both losses for the Rams. If the sting of starting 0-2 wasn’t nasty enough, Graham and the Rams followed up in Week Three, playing up two levels and taking on Division One state runner-up Springfield.
While no head coach wants to see his team start 0-3, Graham refused to allow his players to hang their heads going into their Week Four match-up against Kettering Alter.
After some early game struggles, Graham and the Rams started to find their groove and used a solid second half to come back for a 26-24 win over the Knights.
With young talent like juniors Timothy Carpenter (QB) and Quinten Johnson (WR), sophomore Keymaurie Henderson (LB), and freshmen Jamarcus Whyce (DL), and Armani Rogers (WR), the Rams may be taking their lumps this season but are building into a team to watch.
DBHuddle spoke with the Rams head coach about his young squad and why the future is bright for one of Ohio’s top programs over the last decade.
First Star Logistics presents this interview.