Shelbyville Daily Union

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June 25, 2013

'We'll compete every play'

Shelbyville High School landed another Hall of Fame football coach to try to get back to the playoffs, Mark Ramsey.

What does Coach Ramsey say we will see on the football field next fall?

“We will compete on every play,” Coach Ramsey said. “We talk about winning plays. Then winning the next one and winning the next one after that. If 11 guys win plays, you got a chance. We have to compete from the snap to the whistle on every play and not get down on ourselves. We will be ready to play Week 1. We’ll get better Week 2 and better Week 3.”

Coach Ramsey is originally from Moweaqua and lettered in football and baseball at Millikin University. He coached at Oblong for four years as the head baseball coach and assisting in football and basketball.

In 1983, Ramsey went to Moweaqua and was the head football coach for nine years. Moweaqua and Assumption consolidated into Central A&M and Ramsey coached another 21 years as head coach, 30 years total. His record was 239-93 with a state championship, four state runner-ups and 24 playoff appearances in 30 years.

According to Ramsey his football philosophy hasn’t changed much over his career.

“To be successful you gotta run the football and stop the run,” Ramsey said. “Those are the two points of emphasis.”

The Rams will run a wing gun, similar to what Tolono and others run.

“There is so much you can do off of that and you can throw,” Ramsey said. “We will throw, but not 30 or 40 times. We’ll throw 15-16, maybe 20-25. It depends on what the defense gives us. We want to control the line of scrimmage, get 1st downs and stop 1st downs. We will run five or six basic plays. The rest depends on the personnel. We will attack the perimeter, inside, and throw. It’s based off how well we run the ball.”

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