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August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Chick Meehan

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

A: "I believe we are in very good shape, although the Mid Atlantic Conference will be strong top-to-bottom this year. Everyone in the league will be better. Flint Hill is the defending champion, but it's anybody's guess who will win the title this year."

Q: How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "A little disappointing. We should have had a better record. We did not start out very well but we came on strong at the end. That was encouraging."

Q: Who are your top returning skill position players?

A: "Mike Russ, QB; Jordan Barr, P; Barrett Brown, K."

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

Offensive line:

A: "Taylor Young and Brad Kretzer. Young played left tackle last year and Kretzer was a guard. They will be the starting tackles this year."

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Linebacker:

A: "Brown and Idara Umoren are the inside linebackers and C.W. Wollard is a returning outside linebacker."

Secondary:

A: "Grant McWilliams. He's a junior and will be playing safety."

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

A: "Jimmy Sutch. He was All-Conference, All-County, All-Area. What made Jimmy so valuable was the fact he could score from anywhere on the field - anytime, from anywhere."

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

A: "Matt Whitcraft. He's a junior who will be the center. He was on the junior varsity team a year ago."

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

A: "The offensive line and secondary are very young and inexperienced. Hopefully, they will improve as the season continues. Another challenge will be getting the non-returning players in the right spots. We did have a nice turnout - 39 players came to camp. I can remember the year we went undefeated (1995) I carried only 22 players. The numbers this year are nice - a big improvement from years back."

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

A: "I'd say there are three areas: We must eliminate turnovers, giving up big plays, and we must play well at the beginning of the season. We open on the road against Randolph-Macon and I don't know much about them. Then we open at home the following week against Maryland School for the Deaf. They have been tough for years. We have one new opponent, Maryland Christian from the Northeast part of the state."

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