Griffin becomes anchor on Eagleville's front line

Griffin becomes anchor on Eagleville's front line

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Griffin becomes anchor on Eagleville's front line

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EAGLEVILLE

Jason Griffin doesn’t have to look around the Eagleville offensive or defensive line to realize his new role.

He’s well aware of it.

Griffin will be expected to anchor both lines this season for the defending District 9-A champion in 2012. He is the lone returning starter on either front.

It’s a responsibility he’s ready to accept.

“I’m the leader,” Griffin said. “I have to be the leader for this line. I just can’t disappoint. I’ve got to do it.”

Griffin started on both the offensive and defensive line in 2011. The offensive line helped produce more than 2,500 yards of offense on the ground in 12 games.

But Griffin, who will play right guard on offense and defensive tackle on defense, will be in charge of making sure that holes are opened this season.

The Eagles’ offensive line has already taken a hit with Dallas Anderson and Isaac Haley both going down with MCL injuries during the first week of practice in pads.

“He’s got to hold it together and make calls,” Eagleville coach Steve Carson said. “He’s got to be that leader — on both sides. Jason will be a three-year letterman and two-year starter for us. Part of his responsibility is to lead these guys.”

On defense, Griffin recorded 46 tackles and recovered two fumbles for a team that finished plus-19 in turnover margin.

Griffin is confident his teammates will progress and again be a strength for the Eagles.

“We’ve got to get used to playing with each other,” Griffin said. “I think we’ll be fine because we still have some older guys on the line that have learned from the previous years. They will get it done.”

The Eagles are now the hunted in District 9-A after going 10-0 in the regular season and ranked in the Associated Press’ top 10 poll through much of the season. That success raised the expectations for all in the program, including Griffin.

“We’ve got to be prepared for everyone to come out and try to beat us,” he said.

“I think we need to just go out and start in Week (0) and make this our season and forget about last season.”

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