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Applemen looking for balance in semifinals

November 27, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

INWOOD, W.Va. - Most high school football coaches would tell you time and again about the importance of a balanced offense.

Musselman coach Denny Price is one of those coaches. Ask his opponent in today's Class AAA semifinal, and that's definitely not the case.

"You would think a team like Parkersburg, that can throw the ball decently, would have more balance," Price said. "They just don't care about balance. They've been a very defensive-minded team since coach (Marshall) Burdette has been there. They establish field position and fight you for it."

And that's where Price hopes his balanced offense will come into play. Musselman has three big offensive threats in quarterback Todd Mosby, fullback Jason Chambers and receiver Peter Yos. Add wing back Kevin Dingus into the mix and the Applemen have four legitimate "go-to" players when they have the ball.

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"Usually in these types of games, certain people step it up," Price said. "If a guy like Todd or Kevin isn't able to do that, then we're probably going to have a difficult time. But those guys are the seniors who have been through the program, seen our teams in the playoffs. This kind of game is not new to them."

Musselman (11-1) has depended on those four players in its two postseason games to make big plays and give the squad a spark on both sides of the ball.

* Dingus scored two rushing touchdowns in a first-round win over George Washington, then returned an interception for a score to help beat Morgantown.

* Mosby has topped 100 yards rushing in both playoff games, scored three times and spearheaded two goal-line stands against Morgantown.

* Yos caught three passes for 80 yards against Morgantown and has an interception and two fumble recoveries.

* Chambers rushed for 100 yards in the GW game, then ran for 90 last week against Morgantown. He scored a touchdown in each game.

The play of Chambers - who Price said is the key to the Musselman offense - has been overshadowed by the heroics of Dingus and Mosby in the first two playoff games. But don't think that Price hasn't noticed.

"All he's done is played very consistently," Price said. "We can't do well without a strong fullback. It's not a glamorous role, but he knows his role and he's played it. He's done a superb job."

And if all goes as planned, Chambers playing of his role should open up the rest of the Musselman offense.

"It's really a matter of getting their linebackers to get nosy, getting them to overcommit and going for what is vulnerable, which should be the pass," Price said.

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