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Boylan offensive line big difference-maker
By Matt Nestor
Ian Kolata, Mike Nora, Carter Cardenas, John Gomulka, Garrett Fischer. These may not be recognizable names to most NIC-10 fans, but these may be the names of the conference MVPs so far.
That is the Boylan offensive line. And what that unit has done thus far has helped pave the way for an offense that is averaging 49 points per game through three games.
“They’re growing as they’re going,” Boylan coach Dan Appino said. “They make mistakes. They are all athletic, and they run fairly well for bigger guys. We’re not tall, but we’re thick. We’re like little refrigerators with feet running around.”
More than anything, though, the line has helped stabilize a unit that is trying to overcome heavy losses on the offensive side of the ball. The Titans are playing two new quarterbacks, in addition to new running backs, but they haven’t seemed to miss a beat.
The Titans have executed offensively at a high level so far this season. They have also added in no-huddle schemes, which wears on opposing defenses.
“What I’m really happy about is they are blocking until the whistle and, for the most part, they’ve been pretty good at executing,” Appino said.
It has also helped the Titans bring along a young defense that also took massive hits in the offseason. It has helped from keeping the defense on the field too long, while allowing them to take chances when they are on the field, knowing the offense can probably grind out a score. It has also helped the defense grow in practice.
“They’re real big guys who like to hit,” senior safety Sam James said. “They are nasty guys to go against.”
From the Sept. 15-21, 2010 issue