For Panthers, it's all a matter of execution Rumbaugh brings wing-T offense North Carroll

September 02, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

Every time the Loudoun County (Va.) High School football team had to face an opponent that ran the Delaware wing-T offense, the team's preparation meetings seemed to last forever.

After awhile, Loudoun County offensive coordinator BilRumbaugh North Carroll

decided it might be a good idea if his team installed the wing-T since it was causing that much trouble for his defensive unit.

Rumbaugh implemented the option offense and fell in love with ienough to bring it with him this season to North Carroll, where he takes over as coach.

"The reason I'm a fan of the wing-T is that it depends less opersonnel and more on execution," said Rumbaugh, whose wife was anxious to move to the Westminster area, where she has four uncles and one aunt.

"It all comes down to drills and practice over and over. You start with the little things and get them down and then move on."

As in the past, the Panthers don't have much size or speed anwill depend on a few outstanding players to get the job done.

Rumbaugh, an assistant at Loudoun County for 11 years, said hhopes the endless drills to learn the four-back offense will bring -- his team closer together and give it a common goal.

He said he has discovered that youngsters will sometimes get sinvolved in the intricacies of the wing-T that they forget about any lack of talent the team might have.

Obviously, Rumbaugh also hopes the North Carroll players wilforget they were 0-10 last season and believe they can win with this offense.

The top gun out of the Panthers' wing-T will be running bacChris Boog, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior who also plays defensive tackle and punts.

Boog, also a wrestling star, has emerged as the team leader thiseason and will get some help running the ball from fellow wrestler Saidrick Lewis.

Rumbaugh said Lewis has helped the team morale because ohis stature as a top wrestler and his good physical condition.

"Once he gets used to playing football again, he'll get better anbetter every game," said Rumbaugh. "He hasn't played since the ninth grade. He has good strength and is very smooth."

Like first-year Liberty coach Ken Johnson, who also is runninthe wing-T, Rumbaugh finds himself with two quarterbacks in a dead heat for the No. 1 job.

Junior Shane Simantel (5-9, 170) and senior Kris Heefner (6-4175) are battling for the position. Simantel has good footwork and throws well, and Heefner is mechanically sound and has a decided height advantage.

In addition to Boog and Lewis, other running backs who arexpected to help are senior Martin Ibanez, who has good quickness, and junior Brian Cutair, who likes to hit people

whether he's running the ball or playing linebacker.

But Boog, Lewis, Ibanez and Cutair won't be able to excel unless the offensive line learns the precise angle blocking it takes in the Delaware wing-T.

Senior guard Eric Wright (5-8, 160), senior center Mike Freema(6-1, 180), senior tackle Bill Beltz (6-0, 200), senior tackle Jake Albright (6-0, 175) and senior guard Tony Geppi (5-8, 160) will try to provide the proper blocking schemes in the wing-T.

Wright, an All-Carroll County first-team choice as a nose guarlast season, moves to defensive end this year and will lead a unit that includes the biggest player in the county in defensive tackle Matt Sanderson.

Sanderson is 6-3, 275, and has one major job to perform foRumbaugh.

"I've told him, don't let anybody move you," said Rumbaugh.

Other top defensive players are expected to be Boog at tackleCutair at linebacker and Freeman and Albright at the ends.

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