The 2018 Chillicothe Swarm launch their second season on Saturday, April 28, at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium, against the Sugar Creek Shockers. Returning, are 18 players including Second Team All-League selection, Tanner Johnson (Cameron), and All-League nominees Michael Smith and Daniel Smith (Chillicothe). Quarterback, Clayton Dahlberg (Chillicothe), also returns and is expected to make a big jump in his performance during his sophomore season in the Midwest Football Alliance. Johnson, who led the league in Kick Returning and Total Yardage, is expected to excel with the addition of a strong running game and four solid additions to the receiving corps. Additions to the offensive line, namely Center Trevor Holcomb, from St. Joseph (Central), brings experience in the zone scheme offense and is expected to lead the unit in 2018.
But the 2018 squad looks very different from a season ago, after offseason recruiting produced 23 new players including 11 with college or semi-pro football experience. Leading that group is Running Back, Demarko Wright (Kansas City), coming off of four straight All-Star selections with the Sugar Creek Shockers, and a Championship Game MVP just two seasons ago. Sharing the load in the backfield is Dillon Triplet, of Trenton, who is fresh off of a four year football career at Baker University. Wide Receiver and Outside Linebacker Chris Graves (Kansas City) is coming off of a 20 sack season in 2017, when he also played for the Shockers.
These new additions come from all over Northwest Missouri, and bring a lot of confidence to the team, as they breathe new life into the line-up. The improved personnel is projected to see 15 new starters on offense and defense in 2018, and these play makers are expected to raise the Swarm in the rankings, from a last place finish in 2017.
For more information on the Chillicothe Swarm’s 2018 season, go to www.chillicotheswarmfootball.com or check them out onwww.Facebook.com/chillicothefootball. Discounted season tickets are on sale now through April 7.
Cutline/Caption – RB Demarko Wright, is expected to shine as the star of the Swarm rushing attack 2018. The team hopes that he continues his All-Star production for Chillicothe, and help the Swarm look like playoff contenders instead of the first year team they were in 2017.
2018 Season Schedule
April 28 vs. Sugar Creek Shockers
May 5 vs. Omaha Stockmen
May 12 vs. Midwest Titans
May 19 vs. Kansas City Bulldogs
June 2 vs. Missouri Valley Pitbulls
June 9 vs. East Central Missouri Eagles
June 16 @ Omaha Stockmen
June 23 @ Des Moines Blaze
July 7 @ Midwest Titans
July 14 @ Missouri Valley Pitbulls