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E-Rabs showing marked improvement
By Matt Nestor
From the outside looking in, it is easy to look at the East E-Rabs season as winding down to a disappointing end.
But for a program that has gone through some lean years, this season has been quite successful.
With a new coach installing a new system and with a young team, the E-Rabs have gone 2-5 thus far. But there were two one-score, heartbreaking losses that, had the ball bounced their way, could have the E-Rabs at four wins.
For a program like East, that is getting really close to where they hope to be.
“At this point in our program, a win is a win,” coach Jeremy Warren said. “It’s a new system. Based on what they did last year in terms of throwing the ball, it’s an evolution.”
Among the reasons for hope is a pair of juniors who are leading the way for the E-Rabs.
Running back Wes Short is almost always around the ball when something good happens for the E-Rabs. He leads the team in touchdowns, and is second in rushing.
Quarterback Andrew Lantz has been a revelation for East and their new spread offense. He is second in the conference in passing yards and among the team leaders in rushing yards.
His decision-making and all-purpose game has helped the E-Rabs stick tight through a lot of games.
“He’s done a pretty nice job,” Warren said. “Hopefully, we can continue to work with him and get better.”
The big part for East is building on the success. Before the season, Warren was excited about the interest in the program and the numbers involved.
With good support this year, a couple of wins and a couple of close calls, Warren hopes his team can finish strong against two tough opponents to build for next year.
“We just want to keep working and getting better,” he said. “Just play our best football the last two weeks.”
From the Oct. 13-19, 2010 issue