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Winning just a part of Musselman system

August 25, 2000

Winning just a part of Musselman system



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


INWOOD, W.Va. - In his 28th year as the head football coach at Musselman High School, Denny Price has the concept of continuity down to an art form.

Lose players to graduation? No problem. Price always seems to find a young player to replace a departing star.

The 2000 Applemen will be much the same as any other Musselman team as far as that goes. Musselman graduated 14 seniors - including several major cogs of its state semifinal team of a year ago - but reloaded this year with 22 sophomores and 17 juniors.

"We've tried to develop a system that doesn't have to change dramatically every year," Price said. "You can isolate the strengths of the kids you have and maintain that continuity."

The Applemen will have definite continuity at the running back position as Jason Chambers returns for his senior season. Chambers rushed for over 1,300 yards last year, following the likes of Denero Marriott, Matt McJilton and Trevor Shade as the Applemen's workhorse back in the wing-T offense.

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"I got a lot of coaching from Shade and (Todd) Mosby," Chambers said. "They helped me out a lot. I learned what they do, how they ran with the ball."

And while Price is a firm believer in his system, he gives the credit for Chambers' success to Chambers himself.

"That's not the system. That's Jason's work ethic," Price said. "He's worked hard to have the success that he's had. He'll do anything to make himself a better football player, and he's one of the strongest kids we've ever had."

The Applemen will not be as big on the offensive or defensive fronts this season, with the loss of 300-pounders Dwayne Robinson and Paul Arbogast. But the line is experienced, with seniors Danny Karpac and Mike Renner leading the way.

"We don't have the size of Arbogast and Robinson, so we're small in relation to them," Price said. "But in years past ... 240, 250, 250, 235 on the line was huge for us."

Bobby Weatherholtz takes over the Musselman offense from reigning Kennedy Award winner Todd Mosby. Price said he spent the last year working on his foot speed and has looked sharp in the team's two scrimmages.

"He worked to get faster and he did," Price said. "Bobby has shown he can throw with accuracy. Our short passing game is as good as ever. If we throw that short ball and get the trap game going inside, we'll be fine.

"Time is definitely going to make us better."

Musselman Applemen



Coach: Denny Price, 28th year (213-86-1)

1999 record: 11-2



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57

58

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62

65

70

74

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78

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83

84



Trey Belmont

Josh Houser

Bobby Weatherholtz

Victor Beard

Chris Hinchman

1Nick Hadley

1Drew Lamb

Eric Wharton

Chad Nastiuk

B.J. Moricle

Doug Stephens

Andy Shutts

Wes Kees

Brannon Jones

Justin Espland

Chad Brock

Josh Suddueth

Mark High

Jason Chambers

Ryan Miller

Brandon Caton

Josh Stroop

Billy James

Robbie Brant

Bobby Randolph

J.R. Jenkins

Ryan Horn

Nick Watkins

Jason Swain

Michael Smith

Kyle Riner

Jude Hathaway

Chad May

Daniel DeRito

Jesse Zirk

Daniel Wean

Aaron Combs

Troy Grove

Jason Montgomery

Marshall Harpine

Mike Renner

B.J. Pruitt

Ryan Madison

Josh Mellon

Danny Karpac

Raymond Watkins

T.J. Kruger

Mike Triggs

Mike Hedrick

Jimmy Weatherholtz



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6-1

6-0

5-8

6-0

6-0

5-6

6-0

6-3

5-6

6-4

5-6

5-8

5-8

5-8

5-4

5-7

5-7

5-11

5-9

6-0

5-6

5-6

6-1

5-7

5-9

6-1

5-4

5-9

5-9

5-11

6-0

6-0

5-9

6-0

5-10

6-0

6-2

6-1

6-0

5-10

6-6

6-1

6-0

6-3

5-8

5-11

5-9

5-4

5-3



155

186

183

150

195

148

150

185

162

169

167

140

150

135

165

120

150

130

200

143

164

140

150

165

130

150

257

115

200

160

230

175

155

200

235

180

185

250

168

204

235

270

307

185

235

155

135

165

135

120

2000 Schedule


Today, at Martinsburg, 7:30; Sept. 1, Sherando (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 8, Loudoun County (Va.), 7:30; Sept. 15, at Southern Garrett (Md.), 7:30; Sept. 22, at Robert C. Byrd, 7:30; Sept. 29, at Fort Hill (Md.), 7:30; Oct. 6, at Jefferson; Oct. 13, at Keyser, 7:30; Oct. 20, Hedgesville, 7:30; Oct. 27, Hampshire, 7:30.



 

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