MAROA (WCIA) — In Josh Jostes’ 19 seasons as Maroa-Forsyth head coach, he’s only had six starting quarterbacks. Five of those six have been three-year starters, with junior Ian Benner is the most recent name on that list.
“Every one of them has became a future All-Stater,” Jostes said. “And every one of them it was the same thing. They start out as an athlete then they start to understand it and then by the time, some of them even by the time they’re a junior they’re an All-State kid, Ian maybe even has that potential.”
As a sophomore, Benner lead the Trojans to their 5th runner-up finish in the last nine years. He admits there was a learning curve in 2017, but this season he has a bigger role in the offense.
“The role has changed,” Benner said. “I take more responsibility for things. I got more reads and more checks, I’m responsibility for basically everything that happens. I still got to make some plays but I also try to get my other guys included because we’ve got a ton of athletes out here that can score.”
While he’s enjoying his time on the field right now, Benner actually prefers playing on the diamond. Baseball is what he’s most passionate about, as an outfielder and pitcher for the Trojans in the spring.
“It’s a thinking game, I just like it and it’s not as fast paced as football but I still like it and it’s more thinking,” he said.
Benner is not sure which sport he’ll choose to play in college, saying it depends on the school and the fit. For the next couple months though, he’s all in on football and getting Maroa-Forsyth back to state for the third year in a row.