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Football Preview: Veteran line paving the way for Maysville
NEWTON TOWNSHIP — Promising young talent blended with a strong, veteran line is the preference for Maysville coach Craig Clarke.
This year's Panthers feature that mix. Sophomore quarterback Alex Bobb and junior Hayden Jarrett highlight a young backfield, while seniors Garrett LaFollette and Gauge Samson anchor a senior-laden front.
"Our skilled guys are young, but they're athletic," Clarke said. "Two sophomores played basketball and baseball as freshman so they understand the varsity game and what it's going to take. Their athleticism allows them to do a lot of different things.
"Our linemen have been in our system for three, four years so they understand what they need to do," Clarke added. "They're going to be more physical and have the bodies that can take the pounding. That strength in the trenches is big for us."
Senior Harper Montgomery, who will line up at the other guard, said the line will do its part to help the younger players adjust to the varsity game.
"We want to be the hardest hitting team out there. We're not going to lay down," he said. "We're looking to protect those guys and do what we can to give them holes to run through. We just need to play their hardest and execute the plan."
Having an experienced group up front allows everyone else to develop, added Jarrett.
"We have a good group up front. That will help as we try to gain more experience," he said. "Alex threw well in 7-on-7s, and he'll be prepared. The rest of us will do what we can to help him ease into the job."
Bobb replaces Kaiden Hall, an all-district and league selection who graduated. Bobb's talent has Clarke excited about his potential.
"He brings nice leadership skills, especially as a sophomore. He has good touch and is accurate with the ball," Clarke said. "He's young so he's still learning how to read everything. He will gain a better understanding as he gets more reps."
The blend of talent in the backfield gives the Panthers a plethora of options. Jarrett headlines a deep backfield at fullback, while seniors Nate Harper and Micah Ferguson and sophomores Coen Fink and Wesley Armstead will rotate as the wingbacks.
"We're going to lean on Hayden early and have him take the load off Alex," Clarke said. "We have four skill kids that we like at our wings. It's our deepest position and that allows us to keep them fresh since they all play defense. That group will benefit playing behind an experience line."
Joining LaFollette at center and guards Samson and Montgomery, will be seniors Eric Alexander, Andrew White and Ethan Sims. Alexander will hold down the left tackle position, while White and Sims are battling for the right side.
Junior Leo Ramos and freshman Cage Dumolt are slated to be the backups.
"It's always a positive to have experience up front in our offense," Clarke said. "Some of these guys had to wait behind good players last season, but they've put in their time. They know what's expected, and they're ready for their chance to shine."
Sophomore Dylan Stevens, who also plays tight end, will join several of those names on the defensive line, while Harper and Jarrett are the inside linebackers and Fink and sophomore Tyler Debolt are slated as outside backers.
Armstead and sophomore Sammy Scott are the cornerbacks and junior Josh Maxwell and senior Caden Kirkbride will be the safeties with Bobb as a backup.
The defense's success also starts with the line, noted Harper. He is confident that will allow the back end of the defense to excel.
"We trust our line to do their job," he said. "We have good speed behind them. We just need to fly and rally to the ball."
Special teams also brings back some experience. Scott returns as the placekicker and LaFollette is back at long snapper to highlight special teams. Fink, Bobb and Armstead will have opportunities to punt.
Though those areas are often overlooked, Clarke understands their importance.
"It's always nice to have experience on special teams," Clarke said. "Sammy kicked well last year, and Garrett has been snapping for a few years so that helps since we have three good legs who will all have chances to punt."
Starting on the right foot is the focus for the Panthers. They travel to Meadowbrook in the opener then host New Lex and Coshocton in non-league games before entering Muskingum Valley League play.
Clarke said the schedule can be beneficial, as they look to gain early momentum.
"Week 1 is always important. Gaining some confidence for a young group would be huge," he said. "Our league has a lot of quality teams. It's exciting to play an All-MVL schedule. There's a lot of familiar teams on it, and our guys are ready to compete with them."
This group has its goals, but Harper said the Panthers are keeping their approach simple. Their sole focus is on Meadowbrook then the team will go from there.
"The seniors have been playing together for a long time, and this year definitely feels better than last," Harper said. "We want to try to get that Meadowbrook game first. We know where we want to go, but we can't get too ahead of ourselves. We want to take it week by week and play our best each time out."
This is the sixth of our football previews, which will run daily until the start of the season on Friday, Aug. 20.