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August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Greg Kellick

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

A: "We feel good about it right now. The kids are enthusiastic and focused. They are hungry and eager to participate and achieve."

Q: How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "Disappointing. We committed way too many turnovers in the first three games and it cost us. And the last three games, we did not play up to our potential."

Q: Who are your top returning skill position players?

A: "Eric Philips worked his way into the lineup last season when Tony Bender was a little banged up and ran really well."

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

Offensive line:

A: "Jimmy Smith, tackle; Cameron Allen, center; and Andrew Chang, guard. Smith is one of those kids who has turned into a very solid player. He moves well and the team unites behind him."

Defensive line:

A: "Zach Harbaugh at end and Smith at tackle. Zach will be the leader up front. He played all 10 games last year and has good experience."

Linebacker:

A: "John Moser and Chang. Moser is a real student of the game and wants to learn. Chang is the same type of person and is fun to be around. He's playing well at linebacker, reacting. He's a big key to our defense. He will be solid."

Secondary:

A: "Melvin Bowers. He's a second-year player and has so much enthusiasm, he lifts the kids up. He will be a free safety. He has stamina and runs like a deer. We expect good things from Melvin."

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

A: "Zeke Ricketts. He played linebacker and tight end and was the punter - such a versatile player. He was our leading tackler on defense, gave us that extra punch on offense and had close to a 40-yard average as a punter. He was All-County and made second team All-MVAL. We'll miss him for sure."

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

A: "Nick Gross or Wes Samples at quarterback; Joe Williams, defensive tackle; Patrick Shand, linebacker and running back; and Austin Jones, offensive tackle.

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

A: "We face a very tough schedule and, therefore, we must be prepared every week for the challenge. We cannot commit turnovers - we must take care of the football. Opponents like Linganore, Frederick, Walkersville, Middletown and North High will present many challenges."

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

A: "Turnovers, we must take care of the ball. We need to be more productive on the offensive end of the call. Ball control and good defense. One of our quarterbacks has to step up and take control."

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