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Applemen prepared to 'wing' it

August 26, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

In his 26 years of coaching, Denny Price has not been afraid of change, knowing that the personnel on a high school football team can vary drastically from year to year.

For the past three years, the Musselman Applemen have run a wide open offense, featuring one back and plenty of passing. But three-year starter Matt Price won't be at quarterback and Matt McJilton isn't going to carry the load at fullback, both having moved on to Division I-A schools after graduation.

So Price has found the need to make another change. This season, the offense is the basic wing-T.

"I believe you have to be consistent with the type of kids you have," Price said. "We will be more of a running team with one or two tight ends, and we'll use a lot of play-action passes. We have to first find out what personality we have."

Senior Brian Bowers has stepped in at quarterback and is running the offense very well, according to Price. In a controlled scrimmage against defending AAA champion North Marion, Bowers impressed Price, completing six of eight passes.

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Price feels they are deepest at the running back positions. Senior Trevor Shade and sophomore Jason Chambers are the fullbacks, and Kevin Dingus and Todd Mosby will share the tailback duties.

The Applemen are solid but thin on the offensive line and will have to play "musical chairs" if anyone sustains an injury, but Price says they all worked hard in the off-season to prepare and they reported in good shape.

On defense, they will line up in the 4-4 because Price likes the flexibility it allows, being able to give a 6-2 look or to use the outside linebackers to help with pass coverage in the flats.

"We have 15 seniors that we are counting on to set the tone, and they have already stepped up to do just that," said Price.

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