Reese looks to bounce back for football Wildcats

Theo Tate

Montgomery County senior lineman John Reese (middle) is escorted by father Jonathan Reese and mother Angie Hutton during a senior recognition ceremony before MCHS’ football game against Hermann on Aug. 28. THEO TATE PHOTO

The Montgomery County football team was glad to have John Reese back for another season this fall.

Now, the Wildcats hope the 6-foot-3, 335-pound senior offensive lineman stays injury free.

“He’s a big boy,” MCHS coach John Klekamp said. “We’re excited to have him back. I know he loves pushing people around.”

Reese is playing in his third and final season with the MCHS football program. He missed all of his last season due to an ankle injury he suffered a year ago.

“It’s definitely different,” Reese said. “I still love the sport. I had a really hard time when I was off.”

Reese is still recovering from a torn right ankle he suffered while playing a scrimmage game in Hermann before the 2019 season began. He wore a brace at MCHS’ season-opening game against Hermann on Aug. 28.

“I’ve got to have it on so I don’t hurt myself again,” the senior said. “It’s definitely different and I’ve got limited mobility, but I can still push people around.”

When he was a sophomore, Reese was one of nine MCHS players named to the all-Eastern Missouri Conference football team. He earned second-team offensive lineman honors and was one of just four sophomores selected to the all-league team.

“I was very happy about that,” Reese said.

This year, Reese is part of an offensive line that includes junior Evan Abercrombie, senior Donnie Wisdom and sophomores Harrison Bishop and Gunner Sexton.

“I love protecting people,” Reese said. “I used to be really into defense, then I started playing offense and I just love the feeling that I’m doing something to protect somebody.”

Reese joined the varsity when he was a freshman. He said his favorite part of being with the football team is keeping his teammates motivated in games.

“After the game, it makes me calm,” said Reese, who started playing football in sixth grade. “It makes me feel really mellow and happy.”

Before the game against Hermann, Reese was honored as part of a senior recognition ceremony. He’s one of eight seniors on the team. MCHS lost to Hermann 16-12.

“I was kind of surprised,” Reese said. “It was definitely different. I was really nervous tonight. It was my first game back and it was senior night. I really didn’t want to get hurt and lose a season again.”

Reese said his goals for his final football season are staying healthy and helping his team finish with another winning season. Last year, the Wildcats went 7-3 after finishing with a losing record in each of the last six years.

“The main thing I really want to do is to play all of the games,” said Reese, who lives in New Florence. “But I’m not really sure about that. Nobody is. Everything is crazy right now. But I’m hoping to play at least half. I’d really be happy with at least half of the games, but what I really want are (playing) all of the games and going to state, which will be amazing.”  



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