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“I don’t know if we’re rebuilding or reloading. We’ll find out pretty soon. Our early season (schedule) is pretty dang tough. Hopefully, we have established some things here that the kids will rely on.”
AT A GLANCE
Last season: 7-3, lost in first round of 5A playoffs
Last five seasons: 38-16
Projected 2011 playoff team? Yes
BEST SKILL PLAYERS
Alex Bontz 5-8 165 RB Sr.Colton Koenigs 6-2 180 QB Sr.Taylor Lock 6-2 185 WR Sr.Matt Clements 6-1 175 TE Sr.
Matt Henrikson 6-6 270 OL-DL Sr.Sam Arndt 6-0 240 OL-DL Sr.Jacob Redden 6-0 230 OL-DL Sr.Derek Honeywell 6-0 220 OL-DE Jr.
TAYLOR LOCK ON HIS TEAM
What Andover Central does well: “I think we’re pretty strong because we have a lot of good guys coming up. Our secondary should be pretty good, because we have two guys back and I’m confident in the guys coming up. We should be strong at running back with Alex (Bontz) coming back.”
What has to improve: “Our line — we lost a lot of guys so that is kind of the big question mark.”
Sept. 2 at Goddard 7 p.m. W,19-13Sept. 9 Salina Central 7 p.m. W,7-6Sept. 15 at McPherson 7 p.m. L,46-7Sept. 23 Valley Center 7 p.m. W,60-6Sept. 30 at El Dorado 7 p.m. W,68-0Oct. 7 at Campus 7 p.m. W,49-7Oct. 14 Andover 7 p.m. W,21-7Oct. 21 Arkansas City 7 p.m. W,55-0Oct. 28 Kapaun (at WSU) 7 p.m. L,21-13
Andover Central’s line play should determine its success. Audley is replacing his entire offensive line, including lineman Boston Stiverson (now at Kansas State). But the Jaguars do return size with players such as Henrikson. Other linemen who played reserve roles get their turn to start.
Their job is to open holes for Bontz, who rushed for 1,653 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010. Koenigs, last season’s backup at quarterback, can throw to Lock and Clements, two of the league’s top receivers. Lock caught 29 passes for 482 yards and 10 touchdowns; Clements caught 24 passes for 350 yards and four touchdowns.
The story is similar on defense. The line must be rebuilt. Senior Preston Solomon returns at linebacker. Lock, an all-league pick at cornerback, Clements and Koenigs return in the secondary.
-- Paul Suellentrop