Arlington out to repeat last year’s postseason success

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Arlington Devils

Arlington was the region’s surprise team last year when it made the school’s first playoff appearance and advanced all the way to the regional final (lost to Ada 31-28). A second playoff trip should be just a matter of months away. First year head coach Dick Leonard moves up after being an assistant.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

OL/LB Ethan Oberst (6-3, 215, Sr.); OL/DT Mike Barajaz (6-2, 265, Sr.); DB/WR Lucas Richard (5-10, 165, Sr.); RB Matt Morehart (5-10, 165, Jr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 10-3, Regional finalist

Red Devils were region’s surprise team last year when they made school’s first playoff appearance and advanced all the way to the regional final (lost to Ada 31-28). A second playoff trip should be just a matter of months away.

First year head coach Dick Leonard moves up after being an assistant.

“We lost quite a bit but I don’t think we’re going to fall off the cliff,” Leonard said. “As much as anything, that three extra weeks of practice last year helped us.”

Arlington returns eight defensive starters from a unit that found itself midseason and had three shutouts the final five weeks. Thrree of those returnees are standouts OL/LB Ethan Oberst (6-3, 215, Sr.), OL/DT Mike Barajaz (6-2, 265, Sr.) and DB/WR Lucas Richard (5-10, 165, Sr.).

On offense, just five starters return although four are on the line. The Red Devils must replace three of four backfield positions.

“Having (four of five lineman) back helps,” Leonard said. “If you’re going to bring people back those are some good ones to start with. Hopefully they will allow our young backfield to have a buffer for some weeks.”

Junior Matt Morehart (5-10, 165) returns at halfback and will be joined in the backfield by newcomers Cory Glick (5-10, 180, Jr.) and quarterback Zane Leonard (6-0, 165, Jr.).

“We’re a little more confident in our defense right now, and we have wholes to fill, but so does everyone” Dick Leonard said.

SCHEDULE

8/22 RIVERDALE (MT. BLANCHARD)
8/29 LIBERTY-BENTON (FINDLAY)
9/5 @ CORY-RAWSON (RAWSON)
9/12 @ VANLUE (VANLUE)
9/19 MC COMB (MC COMB)
9/26 @ ARCADIA (ARCADIA)
10/3 LEIPSIC (LEIPSIC)
10/10 @ VAN BUREN (VAN BUREN)
10/17 HARDIN NORTHERN (DOLA)
10/24 @ PANDORA-GILBOA (PANDORA)

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