Vista Ridge is going to control the trenches.
The Rangers return two varsity offensive linemen and two tight ends on the offensive line and on the top two tacklers at linebacker and three varsity defensive linemen to slow down opposing teams.
“It starts up front for us,” Vista Ridge head coach Rodney Vincent said. “Our front on offense and our front seven on defense, the guys have got to be fantastic in a league like this. In 6A, one of biggest things is depth, and that’s one of the biggest things we’ve tried to work on is mounting that.”
The offensive front consists of Darryl Turner, Avery Allen and center Greer Geracci on the offensive line with Jordan Webster and Chase Messner at tight end, one of which is aggressive while the other is more technically sound.
Defensively, the returning unit includes linebackers Oliver Marx and Darien Carter and linemen Luke Horne, Sebastian Barrett and Quin Holland.
“We’re not the biggest or the fastest or the strongest guys, but we’ve been together for a while,” Greer Geracci said. "We really united during spring ball and really believe that we have the family atmosphere that helps players perform.”
The players held their own, student-led workouts over the summer and Geracci said there wasn’t a massive difference in effort whether it was coaches or players leading it, but the extra time helped them learn more.
“Regardless of running or passing, if you’re aggressive up front and take pride unprotecting your guys, it’ll really help the other players to get stuff done,” Geracci said.
“It starts up front with those guys that played last year and I’m excited to fit those pieces to the puzzle will be the next big thing for us,” Vincent said.