GORDO: Greenwave will rely on young players
Wed. August 22, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. | By Barry Allen
Ryan Lolley talks to a group of Gordo linebackers, August 7, 2012 (Photo by Erin Nelson)
GORDO | Gordo High School football coach David McKinney walked into the first team meeting and handed out name tags that read: "Hello, my name is."
The Greenwave lost 16 seniors and returns only eight starters off last year's injury-plagued team.
"It is a rebuilding year for us," McKinney said. "We have a lot of holes to fill. We are working hard and a lot of young kids are going to have to step up and make plays. We are going to play a lot of young people.
"We are fortunate that the kids have stepped up and accepted the challenge. Our junior high program has done a great job and our ninth-graders are with us all year. The kids here learn at an early age. A lot of it is bred into them. They want to win and they love their football here."
Gordo returns four starters on offense: quarterback Lane Moss, left guard Chancellor Glass, left tackle Andrew Brown and running back Jamarcus Martin. Another running back, Malcolm Storey, will see more playing time this season after a solid season in 2011.
"We will lean on Moss," McKinney said. "His arm is stronger and he is throwing the ball around a little bit more. We need him to get the ball in our skill players' hands and let them make some plays. He is making good decisions and is very critical to our football team. If he makes good decisions, we are going to be a pretty good.
"We have good skill players too. They will all play key roles. We have so many unproven spots. We are trying to build a depth chart right now."
The defense returns four starters, including defensive end Blake Burkhalter, linebacker Chris Guyton, strong safety Devin Prude and cornerback Marcus Jones.
"Guyton is a three-year starter at linebacker and he knows what is going on and keeps us going," McKinney said. "He has been through the battles and big games. We are going to lean on him and we expect a lot out of him this year."
McKinney said he has used the preseason camp to fill the spots vacated by graduation.
"We have 14 starting spots to fill," McKinney said. "We feel like we have depth to be competitive if they do what we coach them to do. If we execute the fundamentals of the game, we can compete week-in and week-out."