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#1 PantherBrew

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:55 AM

I just wanted to post this feature on my offensive line.  Even has some quotes from ole' yours truly. 

 

Makes me proud *man tear* 

 

http://www.lincolnti...-push-up-front/

 

 

 

 

   

Offensive line paves way for WL

By RYAN HERMAN
Sports Editor

VALE –– West Lincoln’s rushing attack has left a lot of teams in the dust over the last few years, but it’s what’s ahead of the run that makes is all happen.
The Rebels’ offensive line has pushed the defense and paved the way for a rushing attack that ended last season as the top rushing offense in the old Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference, is tops in the county through two games this season and is fourth in the new Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference.
West Lincoln (2-0) is averaging 229 yards rushing per game, but being in the top-half of the league isn’t enough.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement. I think if we start playing full games instead of half games, we might could put up 400 yards rushing (in a single game),” left tackle Andres Gonzalez said.
The Rebels started out slow in each of their games thus far, but used big second halves to stay unbeaten on the year.
Against North Lincoln last week, West Lincoln got a big second half from senior running back Daniel Davila, who finished with 182 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in the 35-27 win.
“I think it all starts with the line. You get good movement, good blocks, and have everything work out good on the offensive line so the running backs have holes to run through,” Gonzalez said. “It’s a team effort.”
Gonzalez, a junior, is a 6-foot-2, 280-pound people-moving machine.
The left tackle is coming off an ACL injury, and has become a prominent force for the Rebels, so much so they ran the same play over and over in the second half where he is the lead blocker and the ball carrier follows.
The Knights couldn’t stop it.
“He’s just a dominant, old-school lineman. He’s what every offensive line coach would love to have,” West Lincoln offensive line coach Bruce Costner said. “He makes me look good, to be honest.”
The Rebels’ line, as a unit, makes the running game look good. And in return, those carrying the football make the line look unstoppable.
“The success of our football team starts with the offensive line moving people. It’s all a running game. When we’ve got our running game started, I think nobody can beat us,” Gonzalez said. “Once we get moving up front, and our running backs start moving, I don’t think anybody can beat us.”
Fourth-year Rebels head coach Tom Sain has so much faith in his offensive line –– made up of starters Jordan Grant, Trent Loftin, Robert Ware, Bronson Pendleton and Gonzalez –– that he knows they’ll make a way for the team to win games.
“We put it in their hands sometimes. They’re the ones that we look to and they’re the ones that take this team under their wing and say, ‘Look, we’re gonna go and you’re gonna go with us and we’ll take you,’” he said.
Being a lineman is a dirty job –– on both sides of the ball. A lineman isn’t allowed to touch the football unless he’s the center, checked in as an eligible receiver (which is rare) or there is a fumble.
It’s a job that receives little recognition, but somebody has to do it. Those on the line at West Lincoln take pride in what they do and are proud of their work.
“It’s an attitude that we have. A lot of kids these days don’t want to be an offensive lineman. I told them from Day 1, our offensive line, we’re not going to be stereotypes. We’re going to be athletic, strong linemen and we’re going to take pride in what we do everyday,” Costner said.
“We don’t take plays off. We’re not on (the line) because that’s all you can play. We’re on there because, if we can’t do our job then we can’t move the offense.”
Bottom line, the offensive line is an integral part of the Rebels’ success.
“It’s like being rowers on a Viking ship –– if they don’t do their job, the boat ain’t going anywhere,” Costner said.

 

 



#2 Doyle

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:19 AM

Great article.  Keep up the good work.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 07:21 AM

Great article.  Keep up the good work.

 

Thanks man. 

 

We still have a lot of things to improve on. 



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:17 AM

Thanks man. 

 

We still have a lot of things to improve on. 

Which quote is from you? Good job either way.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

Which quote is from you? Good job either way.

 

I think its a glitch on the quote.  It happened to me the other day when I tried to quote someone.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:24 AM

I think its a glitch on the quote.  It happened to me the other day when I tried to quote someone.

I was just wondering if he was the o-line coach or head coach



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:26 AM

Which quote is from you? Good job either way.

 

I am the offensive line coach.  

 

Bruce Costner



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:26 AM

can that guy play right tackle



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 10:39 AM

can that guy play right tackle

 

He will probably be a division II guard, so i fully expect him to be a 2017 2nd round pick for the Carolina Panthers



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 11:02 AM

Go Northwestern!

 

 

 

Wrong thread?



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Posted 06 September 2013 - 11:36 PM

http://www.gastongaz...1.199072?page=1

 

 

     West Lincoln (3-0) dominated a depleted Cherryville defense at the point of attack, led by Andres Gonzalez, Robert Ware,  Jordan Grant, Josh Pendleton and Trent Loftin.  The Rebels amassed a staggering 533 yards rushing, and reserves played out most of the fourth quarter.

 

     

 



#12 bigjohn

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:12 PM

It always starts with the guys in the trenches.  Good for you getting the work out of them, and good for your local media for covering it and giving those guys some pub.

 

 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 07:52 PM

I remember traveling to West Lincoln back in the late 90's

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:06 PM

Because West has played NOBODY. Lincolnton is starting to put it together, if they can protect the ball they'll beat West per usual. Too much speed.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 09:38 PM

Good job, Bruce B)

 

Know what's ironic?  As big a supporter as I am of offensive linemen, the team I coach (5th to 7th grade flag) has none :lol:




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