Eagles Rebuilding Offensive Line

  • 8/9/2017 4:13:15 PM
  • Jeff Alan
  • Local Sports

NORTH ROBINSON, OH-  After going 8-3 a season ago and advancing to the OHSAA playoffs,  the Colonel Crawford Eagles return plenty of skill players as they prep for the 2017 season but are looking to rebuild the offensive front.  "We've got experience back at the skill positions," says head coach Ryan Teglovic.  Our quarterback is back Hayden Bute from a playoff team. One of our running backs is back Trevor Shawber was our second leading rusher he comes back with 1,100 yards from last year. We only have one returning offensive lineman so that's the spot we continue to shore up.  We've got some inexperienced guys there some good guys."

A concern for quarterback Hayden Bute is the offensive line, but the senior says he saw progress in the team's first scrimmage vs Tiffin Calvert.  "Our offensive line has a bunch of young guys stepping into the role and from Tuesday I thought they stepping in pretty good.  We're working on some kinks at the beginning of it, but as time went on they got a lot better and they blocked hard."

"My biggest concern was just the young guys wanting to get out there and be physical and play and that's not a worry anymore," says senior running back Trevor Shawber.  You see these young guys going out there and going at it and it's fun to watch."

The Eagles will open at home with Mt.Gilead, then get right to the heart of league play with Carey, Mohawk, Wynford and Seneca East consecutively.  For Bute, it's like facing "Murderers Row" right off the bat.  "Yeah kinda, That's why these two weeks of two-a-days we've been hitting it hard because we know our four league games are with the top teams in the league.  So we gotta make sure that we're ready."

"We're into the heart of the league schedule right away," says Teglovic.  We've gotta be good and we gotta be good right away. So we don't have a lot of margin for error.  So there is more urgency in the preseason this year."

The running game this season for Crawford will fall mostly on the shoulders of Shawber.  The senior shared the running back duties with the Eagles Blake Triech in 2016, but Shawber says being the guy in the backfield should be fun.  "It was a lot of fun with him, but I do kinda like being the guy now.  I get more carries and I get to have more fun with it.  I love it."  

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