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The Hog Squad: The Pirate line

Many would say the nuts and bolts of a good football team would be the offensive line. The position player of an offensive lineman needs skills and technique in order to control the line of scrimmage. With an impressive 8-1 overall record the Grants High School varsity football team is certainly on a record setting pace. A big part of their success can be attributed to the offensive line, or as they like to call themselves the “Hog Squad.” “Our offensive line is doing a phenomenal job this year and is a big part of our success,” said GHS head football coach Rio Thompson. The key members of the O-line are senior Casey Gordon, junior Logan Simpson and sophomores Cyler Aragon, Michael Trujillo and Wesley Willcox.

“Let the yards come through us,” said offensive line coach Ben Willcox, referring to the fact that the offensive line has consistently created gaps and holes in the defense, allowing the running backs and even the quarterback to dart through. The O-line motto is the “lowest man wins,” referring to whoever goes low and keeps their opponents back to win that battle. Willcox drills into his offensive linemen footwork and techniques such as driving their feet to keep his line effective. “We want to get low and drive them forward and push them back,” said Gordon, who plays right tackle. “We are big, strong and fast,” added Gordon. What


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