Blackwell Maroons Team Breakdown – Pigskin Preview 2018 – Presented by Blackwell Regional Hospital

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BLACKWELL MAROONS

Coach: RICK LANG

Last 5 Years:

2017 – 1-9

2016 – 3-7

2015 – 2-8

2014 – 4-6

2013 – 0-10

OFFENSE

The no-huddle, fast-tempo, spread offense of the Maroons will benefit from the return of 10 starters that are battle tested. “We’re still young and need to improve up front but we’re much improved at this point in time compared to last year,” explained head coach Rick Lang who took the reins in July last year. “Come fall, we hope to make every defense we face have to work.” Lang and staff missed out on team camps and spring practices last season but the opportunity to work with the team this offseason should help in improving upon a 2017 campaign that saw the Maroons claim just one win. Question marks still linger at quarterback where Worthy Shepherd (6-0, 175, So.) and Mikey Riley (6-0, 185, Jr.) will compete for the starting nod heading into preseason practices. Whoever wins the starting nod will benefit from a receiving corps that features four returnees in the spread offense. Kendall Burtner (6-2, 220, Jr.) at slot back, who averaged over 13 yards per reception and a team high 461 yards last season, brings excellent size and great hands. At slot receiver, Tanner Goodenough (6-2, 180, Sr.) totaled 575 all-purpose yards on 34 touches. Outside at wide receiver the Maroons will rely upon Tanner Botts (6-0, 170, So.), who coach Lang called the best route runner, and sure-handed Carson Turner (6-0, 160, Sr.) who averaged nearly 21 yards per reception. Anchoring the offensive line will be team captain and three-year starter Ben Bechtel (6-0, 235, Sr.) at offensive tackle.

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DEFENSE

The Maroons’ 4-3 defense returns 10 starters including leading tackler Ryan Ingram (5-10, 190, Sr.) who led the district last season with 55 solo tackles and 125 total tackles, an average of 13 per game, to go with 12 sacks. Goodenough was just that last season as the starting strong safety with 67 tackles, 10 pass deflections and three interceptions. The defensive line will feature defensive tackle Blake Bergman (6-1, 255, Sr.) who is a force in the middle and bookended by first-time starter Christian Cox (6-1, 210, So.) and returning starter Hunter Robinson (5-11, 195, So.). Moving from defensive end to outside linebacker is Riley Weber (6-2, 230, So.) who totaled 72 tackles last year.

SCHEDULE

8-24 – vs. Tonkawa

8-31 – at Perry

9-7 – at Newkirk

9-21 – at Kingfisher

9-28 – vs. Perkins-Tryon

10-5 – vs. John Marshall

10-12 – at Mannford

10-18 – vs. Mount Saint Mary

10-25 – vs. Heritage Hall

11-2 – at Bridge Creek