EDMOND — Edmond Memorial only returns a handful of starters from last year's team, but coach Justin Merideth is comfortable with his skill position players. He said the key units for success in 2011 will be the offensive and defensive lines.
“Those are the two areas we have to get good play out of,” Merideth said. “We're athletic at the skill positions. If we can get good play out of our lines, we'll be pretty excited.”
Merideth said the lines are split about half and half between juniors and seniors, which gives him some confidence.
“They're mature; they know what it takes, but they're inexperienced,” Merideth said. “Talent isn't a problem on the offensive and defensive lines; it's just experience.”
One lineman back with plenty of experience is senior right guard John Scheihing, a two year starter who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 270 pounds. He is the only returning starter on the Bulldog offensive line.
“Up front is a big key,” Scheihing said, “but I think we have a bunch of good young guys.”
The starters on the offensive line, which will protect quarterback Ry Huff and block for running back Gavin Fouts, are pretty well set with the exception of center.
Senior Steven Scheef will start at right tackle, Scheihing at right guard, senior Mac Wilsey at left guard and junior Lucas Gerdes at left tackle. Senior Will King, junior Ben Cerra and sophomore Mason Hall are competing to be the Bulldogs' center.
Scheihing said he is still working to get in rhythm with his new linemates, but that they are close.
“We're trying to know what the other person is doing before he does it, and just get in a rhythm,” Scheihing said. “We're close to having it down, because through spring ball we really took a lot of big steps.”