High school football notes (Sept. 19)
ANDOVER'S DEEP BACKFIELD
Since Andover coach Mike Lees first job in 1990, he has used a version of the Wing-T offense. Even when he had a high-powered passing game, the Trojans utilized play-action passes out of their running offense.
The wing offense, which relies on misdirection plays, is perfect for Andover (2-0) this season because of its bevy of backs.
Quarterback Cole Gumeringer has 139 rushing yards and is one of five running backs with 55 or more yards, including Steven Young, who has a team-high 261 yards. Four of the top five backs average at least eight yards per carry.
Having quick guys, quick, athletic guys really helps keep the defense off balance, Lee said. You dont know which of the four will get it. One of the four may get it off the movements of another guy.
Thats what Coles really good at. Hes very quick and explosive. Hes a tough guy, and hes got a burst. Thats what a lot of them have in common. Cole and Steven and Miles (Starks) and Gage (Moss) and Eli (Renoux). Boom! They get going and they get going fast.
Young will miss Fridays game with visiting Eisenhower (1-1) due to an ankle sprain, but while hell be missed, Lee has other backs.
In Andovers win over Arkansas City last Friday, on Sept. 13 Lee had to turn to the Trojans third-string running back, Cole Van Epps, who ran for 56 yards in the third quarter. Friday, it will be Renoux who will replace Young.
Weve been blessed, Lee said. Were deeper with skill guys. When you can go from Steven to Eli, thats pretty good.
RENOUX MAKES "SPORTSCENTER"
When Lee woke up last Friday, on Sept. 13, he had 12 text messages, way more than usual.
It concerned him until he saw the topic. One night earlier, on Sept. 12, the top play on ESPNs SportsCenter was Renouxs 66-yard punt return from Andovers Sept. 6 win over Campus on Sept. 6.
Renoux found out about an hour after it Top Plays aired.
It was close to midnight, and I was asleep, he said. I started hearing my phone going off and everyone was saying I was on SportsCenter. My grandmother was on the phone with my mom, and she was saying I was on SportsCenter. I waited for the next playback, and sure enough, I was No. 1 on SportsCenter.
Renouxs fame made for a crazy game day as he conducted three interviews.
The play deserved its place on SportsCenter. Renoux ran had to run back across the field to find an opening, then he stiff-armed two would-be tacklers, hurdled another and spun off one more.
All I can really remember and tell you is that I did not want to get tackled, he said. I wanted to make a big play for my teammates.
When West beat East last week on Sept. 13 with a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds, it was one of those moments that can be defining, maybe even launch a team toward a more successful season.
Or was it?
You know what? The ending was beautiful and great, West coach Weston Schartz said. But we felt like we played a really bad game. Our kids are smart enough. We held them under 100 yards of total offense, and we fumbled the ball and fumbled the ball and fumbled the ball.
We were happy with the win, but disappointed with the way we played. Its a miracle win, but we shouldnt have to throw the ball at the end to win.
West (2-0), which plays Southeast (0-2) on Friday, had seven turnovers. If the Pioneers can fix that, Schartz is comfortable with where his team is.
Thats the only thing, he said. Our defense is playing great. Our offense is moving the ball. We cut down on turnovers, we think we can play with anybody. You put it on the ground like that, you struggle.
Wests defense was helped with the addition last week of senior Michael Rios, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive lineman. Rios arrived at West last week after playing in one game at Carter-Riverside in Fort Worth.
Rios, a Rivals.com two-star recruit who has made an oral commitment to Texas State, recovered two fumbles. He is a Wichita native, but Schartz said he moved away in middle school.
He got some practices in, Schartz said of Rios arrival last week. Hes been going the whole time down in Texas. Hes in great condition. He had several practices with us. Were not real difficult. Slant left, slant right.
As Rios learns the offense, Schartz said hell play there, as well.
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