Boonsboro needs tackles

September 06, 2000

Boonsboro needs tackles

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - A good season is within the grasp of the Boonsboro football team.

It's just a matter of if the Warriors are equipped to tackle the task. And that's a matter of if the Warriors are equipped with tackles.

If the Warriors are able to hold the line, a winning season isn't out of the question, surprisingly if you consider they will be without former tailback-linebacker Chris Dankmeyer, who was the do-everything player for Boonsboro last season before graduating.

"We have a lot of good skilled types," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We have linemen who are more suited to play guards and tight end than tackle. We don't have any tackles right now. We have a lot of guys who are hurt who play the position, but we don't have anyone healthy right now."


On the surface, one would think that Anders would be more upset about the graduation of Dankmeyer, who at times just seemed to will the Warriors to success. He powered to key yards on running plays. He was the center of the defense.

"I've been a head coach since 1985 and an assistant since 1978 and Chris might have been the most valuable player on both sides of the ball in relationship to his supporting cast. He was the most valuable player I had. He never came off the field. We don't have anybody like that this year, but without him we might be more balanced and more versatile."

Boonsboro's team is unfolding in easy layers for Anders.

There was no quarterback competition as John Quail elected to play fall baseball instead of football. That leaves an older, more experienced Chris Wright calling the signals.

Behind Wright will be a youthful backfield of Zach Yinger, Eddie Moten and Troy Webb to give the Warriors some diversity.

"Moten is now a fullback not that Dankmeyer is gone," Anders said. "He runs well in traffic. He is angular, breaks tackles and runs north and south well. Webb was an afterthought last year and probably made the biggest contributions for us and we are hoping to use Yinger in a more prominent role."

Defensively, Boonsboro is also suffering at the tackle position, but has the rest of the components for a top-notch defense.

"The secondary is great with Webb and Moten. We have two-thirds of it returning from last year," Anders said. "We also have half our linebacking returning with Yinger and (Justin) Malott back. We are real happy the rest of the players who are filling out the lineup."

Boonsboro will have Kevin Bigelow and Jeremiah Weddle playing on the defensive ends.

So it all leaves one glaring opening, right there in the middle of both lines.

The missing tackles makes it tough for Anders to gauge any Boonsboro successes. But it's not like the cupboard is bare.

"Steve Weaver, a sophomore, hurt his shoulder during the second day of practice," Anders said. "John King has been an offensive tackle, but hurt his shoulder during the second scrimmage and is out indefinitely. Then Richie Reinholt was set to take both tackle positions and hurt his thumb."

All will have to heal quickly if Boonsboro is going to make any noise.

"Our goal is No. 1 to have a winning season," Anders said. "We think we can if we can settle the tackle situation. If we can get them all back, we can be really good. We expect to win and improve on our 5-5 record from last year. We will all be disappointed if we don't win."

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