BLANCHARD YOUNG UP FRONT
With a strong group of skilled position players, Blanchard's success will depend on the ability of some young linemen to step into starting roles.
However, the offense is in good hands with quarterback Brock Lamle, who has a couple of good passing options in Zach Hill and Kyle Self. And running back Braden Stringer received valuable experience last year as well.
Hill anchors the defense. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior is a standout linebacker. D.J. Williams accounted for 100 tackles at linebacker last year as well.
MARLOW GETS A LIFT
Despite a one-win season a year ago at Marlow, opposing coaches have high expectations for the Outlaws under new coach Rob Renshaw.
Renshaw, who coached Bethany to the 2003 state title, will look to Wakely Bergner to quarterback his new offense. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior is a third-year starter.
Mount St. Mary coach Chris Stiles is excited heading into his second season. Though the team graduated some talented players, he feels the unit as a whole can be better. “These kids come to work. Our practice pace and focus are so much better. We're building a program at Mount St. Mary, and we're taking another step in year two,” Stiles said... Little Axe senior Jeremy Smith, 6-2, 205 pounds, has been a strong leader in the offseason, which should carry into the rest of the year. Smith will start at quarterback and also see time at linebacker on a defense that returns five starters.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber