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Deer Creek football: Grant Gower expects Antlers will benefit from increased depth on lines

Deer Creek returns two starters on the offensive line — seniors Riley Eden and Tanner Fialkowski — but also has several seniors joining the group like Colton Hodge, Justin Graham and Brigham Godwin.
by Jacob Unruh Published: September 1, 2014
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— As Deer Creek continues to grow as a school, football coach Grant Gower has seen the depth on the roster increase.

And that’s certainly a good thing.

The Antlers enter this season with the most depth they’ve ever had on the offensive and defensive lines, which brings a sense that they can take the next step in Class 5A.

“I think the best part of that is the way it sits right now, I don’t think any of those guys are going to need to go play defense,” Gower said of the offensive line. “We’ve got a lot of good defensive linemen also.

“That’s what it comes down to in 6A and 5A is depth. As we keep on moving our depth gets better and better each year. I think that’s going to be a big positive.”

Deer Creek returns two starters on the offensive line — seniors Riley Eden and Tanner Fialkowski — but also has several seniors joining the group like Colton Hodge, Justin Graham and Brigham Godwin.

For the first time he can remember, Gower said the Antlers have more experience up front than at skill positions.

“We usually have experienced quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, but here we are with more experience up front,” Gower said.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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