Reedsville looks to control line of scrimmage

Reedsville looks to control line of scrimmage

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Reedsville looks to control line of scrimmage

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Football can be won or lost in the trenches.

One major question of the game is can your offensive line hold the defense at bay long enough for the offense to work. Reedsville head coach Aaron Fredrick is confident both his lines will be able to control the line of scrimmage with the game on the line.

“Our lineman enjoy contact,” said Fredrick. “They’re not afraid to mix it up with anybody. They take pride in winning the battles up front to let our skill guys roam free.”

The anchor of the offensive line will be junior Bryce Wenzel, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman capable of imposing his will on outmatched smaller competition.

With changing both their base offense and defense, Fredrick will need his lines to take control more than ever while the team settles into a comfort zone.

Fredrick is a bit concerned about implementing brand new schemes, but he feels it’s the best for the type of personnel he has.

On defense, Fredrick is switching to a 5-2 instead of a 4-4 to allow his bigger linemen a chance to get on the field and eat blocks for his linebackers.

“I thought about using the 4-4,” said Fredrick. “At the end of the day it just makes sense to put the strength of your team on the field while keeping other players fresh.”

Fredrick’s main worry about playing the 4-4 was having to use players like seniors Brett Dvoracheck and Bryler Kiekhaefer, both running backs on offense, as linebackers and exposing them to unnecessary hits.

“Brett is just a phenomenal athlete,” said Fredrick. “He can play defensive end, linebacker as well handling both punting and kicking duties.”

Dvoracheck will be making the switch from defensive end to wing back in Reedsville’s new flexbone offense, which has three running backs in the backfield giving the quarterback plenty of options to either pitch or take off himself.

“The flex really creates opportunities for everyone,” added Fredrick. “It allows the ball to get in the hands of the best athletes.”

Running point for the offense will be junior Brock Gilsdorf, who Fredrick said has the ability to keep the defense guessing by using a combination of athletic abilities and football smarts.

The first peek at the new-look Panthers will be in their season opener against Shoreland Lutheran, a team which defeated Reedsville 28-10 after being one yard away from trailing 17-0.

“We had the ball at the one-yard line and got flagged for a false start,” said Fredrick. “We started fast for a change but just lost it.”

Fredrick is determined to make sure his team plays for all four quarters after seeming to only find their legs in the second half last year.

“Our intensity has to improve,” stated Fredrick. “We can go over all sorts of things in practice but once that ball hits the tee its on (the players) shoulders.”

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