Mason excited as he prepares for first season as Polytech’s football coach

New Polytech head coach Robert Mason takes over a young team with just six seniors on the roster. Delaware State News/Ben Heck

WOODSIDE — Robert Mason always wanted to be a head coach at the high school level.

And Mason loved coaching at Polytech.

He just never thought those two passions would intersect.

But here Mason is, gearing up for his first season as Polytech’s head coach. Mason and the Panthers will be the first team to officially get football season underway when they host Lake Forest on Thursday (7 p.m.) as part of the 302 Kick Off Classic.

Mason was previously an assistant at Polytech but left to become the head coach of ECHS@DSU’s junior varsity program, in its first year of existence.

Then Polytech former coach and current athletic director Kevin Smith stepped down in January. It sent Mason back to Polytech, where he was an assistant from 2013-2016.

“I love Polytech and I never wanted to leave,” Mason said. “I never thought the job would be open. I always wanted to be a head coach. That was my goal, I know I just went about it in a different way. It was always a dream of mine. I never thought it would be at Polytech. I thought it would be somewhere else.”

Mason also has previous high school football coaching experience as an assistant at Caesar Rodney High and Red Lion Christian. He’s also a former head coach and president of the Dover-CR Pop Warner program.

He takes over a young Polytech team with just six seniors on the roster.

The Panthers are led by senior All-Conference player D.J. Rawley, who will player safety on defense and slot receiver on offense. Senior Caleb Tascione shifts from wide receiver to quarterback for this season.

The Panthers are led by senior All-Conference player D.J. Rawley, who will player safety on defense and slot receiver on offense. Delaware State News file photo

Dyan Stubbs returns for another year as Polytech’s center and nose guard. Dylan Craighton will line up at guard and defensive tackle while Aaron Morey and James Ryan are the two other seniors on the roster.

Mason has 14 juniors on the squad this season.

“We’re light in the senior department but our junior class is a good, quality class,” Mason said. “We’re really excited about that. When you have a young group that has talent, now you start getting excited about the future. But I’m not ready to get excited about the future just yet because I’m excited about the talent we have this year.”

Tanner Holden (G/DL), Collin Jaksch (WR/DB), Trent Jaksch (WR/DB), Aron Johnson (G/NG), Brian Scott-Hill (RB/LB) and Colby Weaver (G/DT) highlight the returning juniors.

Anthony Bowers (WR/DB), Demetrieus Fontnel (WR/DB), Brian Johsnon (WR/DB), Cameron Mack (WR/DB), Jackson Post (G, DT) and Myles Spence (RB/DB) are the juniors who are moving up to varsity for this year.

Sophomores Remington Hughes (G, DL), Gregory Long (LB), Jack Markoya (T, DL) and Braden Moran (QB) are sophomores who will also be newcomers to the varsity team.

“We’re very excited about the direction we’re going and the maturation of our players,” Mason said. “We’re really looking forward to a good year.”

Mason said he’s going to build off Smith’s systems while throwing in his own wrinkles.

“The DNA of coach Smith is a part of me,” Mason said. “You’ll see some semblances with my own spin on it.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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