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District 4A-1 preview: Offensive line a concern for McGuinness

RYAN ABER Modified: August 26, 2009 at 4:35 am •  Published: August 26, 2009
A lot has been made about the departure of team leaders Ryan Randolph and Gabe Ikard for Bishop McGuinness.

What coach Kenny Young is more concerned about is how the offensive line will fare this season as the Irish lost four starters from the five-man group.

"We’re going to need some guys to step up, and we know it’s not going to be easy,” Young said. "As long as we keep improving, I’ll be happy.”

Young said the offensive line did better than expected in the first scrimmage against Lawton MacArthur last week.

Shortly after wrapping up Friday night’s scrimmage with Clinton and Choctaw, Douglass started turning its attention to this week’s All-City Preview.

Douglass, picked by the coaches to win the district, opens the event at home Thursday against the Capitol Hill/Northeast winner.

"It’s a big deal for us,” Douglass’ Norris White said. "It’s important for us to do well there.”

If the Trojans win their first game and Millwood gets past Centennial, there could be a Soul Bowl preview in Friday’s semifinals at Douglass’ Moses Miller Stadium.

Southeast coach Michael Branch almost always has his team in contention for a playoff spot in the season’s final weeks.

He’s not content with that, though.

"We fully expect to be a playoff team this year,” Branch said.

And he certainly has the personnel to get that accomplished.

The Spartans have 11 starters back.

Running back and linebacker Kale Sawatzky is Weatherford’s leading returner, having run for 856 yards last season.


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