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Letter: The line of scrimmage

Congratulations to the Concord High football team,with a perfect regular season of 9-0 and the state championship.

All of the articles that followed the great season were spot-on about the ability of this team. The only thing missing was the line of scrimmage.

The line of scrimmage is a very important area of the game. It is what every coach prays to have control of. On defense or offense, the ball does not move without a solid line of scrimmage. It is where the real hitting, play after play, happens.

Rule 1: If you don’t have control at the line of scrimmage on offense, you do not move the ball.

Rule 2: On defense, you won’t stop the run, which opens the defensive backs to double duty.

The young men who make up the line of scrimmage first have to have strong athletic ability and the smarts to perform play after play, with constant hitting that occurs on the line. The interview after a victory sounds something like this: Our quarterback had a great game today, going eight for 10 passing, as did the running backs with a combined three touchdowns. After a loss it goes like this: We couldn’t stop the run on defense and tackles were not there. On offense: Our pass protection broke down and we were unable to run the ball.

The young men on the line of scrimmage who helped make this season a winning one are Matt Cambell, Klye Cushman, Dylan Nalor, Kris Skinner, Alex Cohen, Kyle Corriveau, Sean Larner, Nick Carlson, Ryan Daniels, Tyler Kukla, Will Scharlotte and Wyatt LaBombard. In every way these young men proved to be the very foundation this season was built on.

KEITH LaBOMBARD

Concord

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