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Linemen keep the quarterback protected; give him time to throw; open holes for running backs to run through, and just simply make an offense as good as it can be.
Granite Hills football coaches have been trying to find the biggest and most athletic students our school has to offer for one main reason: to make our team as good as it can be.
Last season, the Granite Hills football team had some extremely talented linemen on both offense and defense. The only problem with that is that all those players were seniors. This brings up another problem: who’s going to step up and fill these size 12 shoes next year?
A meeting was held in room 205-206 in early February in an attempt to find those players who would like to step up and take on crucial roles on the Grizzly football team, a team which was able to make it to the playoffs two years in a row.
“We really need to have good linemen next year if we want to be good. They don’t have to be the biggest guys ever, they just need to be committed and ready to play,” said varsity linebacker David Flores.
Granite Hills’ teachers were asked to recommend their biggest male students to the varsity coaches in order to contact them to see if they would be willing to play football for the Grizzlies next season. This technique ended up being quite effective.
“The teachers are who can identify students who they believe will help our team and will also benefit themselves as students by getting more involved in school,” stated varsity coach Marc Salazar.
The turnout at the meeting ended up being quite significant with roughly 30 students attending the meeting. However, this meeting ended up not only being for linemen, but for anybody interested in playing football and being part of the Grizzly football team.
The football season is right around the corner once again and preparation must start now. Athletics will be moving to a smaller league which will mean many more opportunities for athletes to shine as we will be playing smaller schools.
The football season will also be starting much sooner this year so there is no time to waste. For any questions regarding anything about playing football for the Grizzlies, consult Coach Salazar or Coach Coldiron.Above photo: Students at the football meeting during lunch. (By Maria Corona)
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