Forgan heads into fall camp looking for a new running back after returning starter Brian Morris
transferred in July.
Coach Doug Bowles
said finding someone to step in at the spot will be a key to his team’s success in 2009.
"I don’t know yet,” Bowles said when asked who he expected to fill the void. "We may have to run more one-back this year.”
Expect Miguel Ordonez
, Forgan’s returning starter at fullback, to play a more prominent role in the offense.
Keep an eye on Buffalo standout senior Anthony Bryer
. The 5-11, 185-pounder had 68 carries for 433 yards and three touchdowns, 47 receptions for 841 yards and eight scores, along with 101 tackles as a junior.
Buffalo coach Blake Lamle
expects Bryer to line up at running back, receiver, quarterback and defensive end this season.
Line play will be key for Shattuck
Shattuck’s chances of breaking Morrison’s long-standing record of 90 straight wins could rest on the shoulders of the Indians’ offensive and defensive lines.
"Our guys up front will probably be the key of whether we do it or not,” Shattuck coach Troy Bullard
With sophomore quarterback Kade Young
and senior running back Brent Starbuck
, Shattuck is in great shape at the skill positions. Thus, senior Lincoln Guisford
and the rest of the Indians’ linemen will have to step up for Shattuck to capture its seventh straight state title.
All in the family
The continued development of Forgan sophomore quarterback Rhett Radcliff
could be the difference between a high district finish and a disappointing one for the Bulldogs.
"He’s a great athlete,” Bowles said. "He’s coachable and he learns fast.”
But Rhett isn’t the only member of the Radcliff household expected to make an impact for Forgan. Twin brother Ryan Radcliff
is a returning starter at tight end who is so talented Bowles might move him to tailback to fill the void left when Morris transferred.