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Deer Creek will turn to passing game more

By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, Modified: August 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011

— Deer Creek has lots of lost offense to make up for in 2011.

Gone is back Alex Christensen, who rushed for 1,725 yards and 20 touchdowns last year.

But the Antlers feel confident about the offensive players they do have back.

“You don't ever truly replace guys,” coach Grant Gower said, “but what is nice is that we have guys in the program that are great players. They continue to step in and fill those spots.”

Junior quarterback Joel Blumenthal split time under center with Christensen last season, and will take over the job full time this year. And without Christensen, the Antlers will pass more, senior receiver Hunter Dinkines said.

“We'll be a lot more air-it-out this year,” Dinkines said. “We don't have Alex Christensen or (graduated running back) Colten Sander, so we may not have 2,000 yards this year running, but we might have it passing.”

Blumenthal has Dinkines, who caught two touchdown passes last season, senior tight end and returning starter Kyle Kanady, who is the team's leading returning receiver with 199 yards last season, and junior Jared Rayburn, who Blumenthal cites as a player who could have a breakout season.

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