August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Clayton Anders

Q: How would you describe the state of your program?

A: "Reloading. Trying to maintain our winning tradition. We have some good athletes, they just lack playing time on the varsity level. There are a lot of questions to be answered. We will be challenged early in the year, hopefully the players will improve weekly. They just need some playing time against varsity competition."

Q: How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "Overall, very good. Disappointed about not playing well in the playoff loss to Allegany but overall, we had a good season."

Q: Who are your top returning skill position players?

A: "Ryan McLean is one of the only players back who saw a lot of playing time last season. This is his third varsity season. We'll count on him a lot. John Shobe started three games at quarterback early last season. And Jordan Young is back at receiver."


Q: Who are the top returning players at these positions?

Offensive line:

A: "Justin Galvin and Eli Beard. They both saw some time last year. They're the two that we're going to have to build around."

Defensive line:

A: "Beard. Again, there's a lot of inexperience in that area."


A: "They all graduated. Andrew Griffith got some game experience last season."


A: "Shobe and McLean. The challenge for us is going to be getting these kids to come together."

Q: Who is the one departed player who will be most difficult to replace?

A: "Mike DeBarge, Matt Wetzel, Kyle Kane, Jesse Dalton and Curt Wolfe will all be hard to replace. They contributed so much to the 2006 team, both on offense and on defense."

Q: Who is the "unknown" or new players who could make an impact in 2007?

A: "Defensively, Joe Kline, Galvin and Griffith. We expect solid seasons from these three players."

Q: What is the biggest challenge your team will face this season?

A: "Getting up to speed for Game 1 and 2. With such an inexperienced squad, the early part of our schedule will be particularly challenging. We face Moorefield in the opener and they will already have two games under their belts. They will be "getting the wrinkles out" by that time, while we will just be starting out."

Q: What things must this team do to improve over the 2006 season?

A: "Stay healthy, win all close games and show progress as the season continues. Also play well in the playoffs. Our first five games are against non-league opponents, the next five against MVAL schools. Southern Garrett, Poolesville, Francis Scott Key and South Carroll are all new to the schedule this year."

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