Friday Night Heroes
Most football press coverage highlights the quarterback, runningback and wide receivers, the people scoring the touchdowns.
However, the unsung heroes of any team are the offensive line, who enable the superstars to score. Rayville High School went into the 2008 season with the offensive line as the biggest question mark on their team. The Hornets lost five starters and were replacing the entire unit.
Five new linemen have become starters this year. These young men, Colton Sims #63 (Left Tackle), Anterrious McDonald #64 (Left Guard), Sherby Tumer#54 (Center), Austin Self #71 (Right Guard) and Jamie Hollis #69 (Right Tackle) have jelled into an impressive unit, despite their lack of experience. Against Calvary Baptist, one of the best teams in the state, this unit gave up no sacks. Against Bastrop, the offensive line also gave up no sacks in facing one of the nation’s best teams. The Rams’ defensive line included two Division I commitments to LSU and Michigan. The Hornet offensive line helped produce almost 500 yards of total offensive against Bastrop.
“These guys have stood up to the test and performed under fire.” Coach Bo Barton said. “We’ve replaced the entire offensive line from last year, and didn’t know if these boys could handle it. But they’ve grown up in the heat of the battle, and have become an outstanding offensive line for us.”
Here’s to the Unsung Heroes of Friday Night, the offensive line of the Rayville Hornets.