New coach, new offense buoy Lions 1993 Carroll County high school football preview Liberty

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

Liberty had to wait until its final football game to experience victory last season.

But almost everyone around the Lions this season believes that first win will come a lot sooner, perhaps tomorrow night in their 7:30 home opener against Glenelg.

The Lions players and their parents appear to have found a football coach they believe in.

Now, all first-year Liberty coach Ken Johnson and his Delaware wing-T offense have to do is live up to those expectations.

The talent is basically the same that has been at the school through recent losing seasons, but all the enthusiasm is based on the newly installed wing-T offense designed to deceive the foe's defense.

Johnson, an excellent teacher of the game, is hoping the four-back offense can be learned quickly by his players and serve as a motivational tool to overcome any lack of talent.

Senior running back La-Shawn Woodyard (5 feet 10, 205 pounds) is the player who should get the most calls to carry the ball in the wing-T. He enters his fourth season for the Lions and will be at left halfback.

"He was one of the better kids on the team last year," said Johnson. "And he'll be running north and south from his left-halfback spot. I saw him make some outstanding runs on film last season."

Junior Eric Cook (6-1, 170) will be at right halfback and junior Terry Rheubottom (5-8, 190) at fullback.

They will be joined by Jon Barnowski or Darnell Brockington at quarterback. Both are smallish juniors who are neck-and-neck in the duel to direct the wing-T.

The top offensive lineman is returning starter Brian Berling, a 6-1, 210-pound senior right guard who will be responsible for making the "block at the hole."

Johnson believes Berling will be up to the task because of his intelligence and physical style of play.

Other key offensive linemen will be senior tackle Justin Cross (6-2, 210) and junior guard Dave Tumblin (5-11, 225).

The defense will be led by senior nose guard Andy Sunell (5-11, 215), one of the strongest players on the team.

Woodyard, Rheubottom and Berling also will be linebackers and the only three Lions to go both ways the entire game.

Johnson will go with just 29 players: eight seniors, 20 juniors and one sophomore.

"I've lived out here [Eldersburg] for six years and have been to the South Carroll-Liberty games as a spectator," said Johnson, who coached six seasons at Randallstown and three at Chesapeake in Baltimore County.

"Now it's time to find out exactly what it takes to win here."

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