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H.S. Football 1999 - Applemen's core

August 27, 1999

H.S. Football 1999 - Applemen's core: Mosby at heart and sould of Musselman 'O'

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




INWOOD, W.Va. - Todd Mosby is a marked man.

Every Musselman football opponent will be drawing a bead on the talented tailback, targeting him as to one to stop to beat the Applemen.

But Mosby has two things to his advantage. First, he will be a mobile target, playing many positions in Musselman's mutation of the wing-T alignment that coach Denny Price has implemented for his entire 27 years at the southern Berkeley County school.

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And second, those opponents will have to find him behind a mammoth offensive line that returns four members from last year's 11-1 Class AAA state playoff team.

"I give all the credit to my line," said Mosby, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior who is being recruited nationally. "They are the reason I break loose with the big holes. I tell them that all the time. I try to give them a lot of praise."

He should. The line - anchored by two more hot college prospects in tackles Dwayne Robinson (312 pounds) and Paul Arbogast (325) - stands just this side of a moving company when it comes to the Applemen's offense. It all helps Mosby be the high-school version of Kordell Stewart.

"From what I saw the other day, he's 'Slash,'" Price said. "Todd will be playing all over. He is a good runner and great blocker and at quarterback, he gives us a whole new dimension, but the strength is behind the line."

Mosby will be lining up in any number of offensive positions, at times in place of quarterback Bobby Weatherholtz. In the past, that would mean Mosby would be running out of the shotgun.

Not so this year.

"I used to be a running threat there, but now I can throw, too," Mosby said. "I was a quarterback as a freshman, but I haven't been throwing the ball since then. I like being used like this. It keeps me more in the game and makes me more responsible. I like to do it all."

The presence of Mosby will only enhance the abilities of Weatherholtz, wingback Kevin Dingus and receiver Peter Yos, all of whom could be forgotten by opponents because of the focus on Mosby, who will double as a linebacker defensively - the draw of most college teams.

And all are components that make Price's wing-T concept more explosive than the generic version he ran in his earlier years.

"We have hung with the concept of the wing-T," Price said. "We have made it so we can get kids and plug them into it. But when my son, Matt, was a freshman, we saw we could have the quarterback be more active as a runner and passer. It has made it more explosive."

Mosby is the most eye-catching of 14 returning seniors for Musselman, making a run for the third trip to the playoffs in four years well within reach.

"I've never been pessimistic in the past, but if we play well and some things go our way to get us in the playoffs, then we could make some things happen," Price said. "We've had expectations in the past, but as far as size and experience goes, this year's team tops it all."

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Nickname: Applemen

Coach: Denny Price

Experience: 27th year, 202-84-1

Conference: Cumberland Valley Athletic League & Potomac Valley Conference

1998 record: 11-1

Returning starters: 8 off.; 6 def.

Key players: Todd Mosby, TB-QB-LB; Dwayne Robinson, T; Paul Arbogast, T; Kevin Dingus, WB; Peter Yos, WR.

Key Stat: The Applemen have 14 returning starters, including four members of its offensive line. Musselman is off the week before the playoffs begin.

Schedule: Aug. 27, Martinsburg.

-- Sept. 3, at Sherando (Va.); Sept. 10, Southern Garrett; Sept. 17, at Loudoun County; Sept. 25, at Allegany.

-- Oct. 1, Fort Hill; Oct. 8, Jefferson; Oct. 15, Keyser; Oct. 22, at Hedgesville; Oct. 29, at Hampshire.

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