2019 Football Preview – August 22, 2019 – 3
Table of Contents Offensive line schemes and techniques 3-4 Verona team preview 5 Breaking down the Wildcats offensive line 8 Q&A with Wildcats safety Cale Rufenacht 10 Big Eight Conference preview 11 Oregon team preview 14 Breaking down the Panthers offensive line 16 Q&A with Panthers running back Damien Johnson 17 Stoughton team preview 19 Breaking down the Vikings offensive line 20 Q&A with Vikings wide receiver Dylan Sperle 21 Badger South Conference preview 22
On the cover: Verona offensive tackle Adam Vandervest, Stoughton offensive tackle Jack Nelson and Oregon guard Nate Hall.
Photo by Kimberly Wethal
Interior anchors BY ADAM FEINER AND MARK NESBITT Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are often times referred to as “skill players.” As much skill as those positions might have, games are often won in the trenches. The offensive lines at Verona, Oregon and Stoughton paved the way to playoff appearances last season, and are looking to do the same again this fall. E a c h t e a m h a s d i ff e rent nuances and drills for its blocking systems, but the technique ties almost all lines together. The goal of each line is the same — work together out of the limelight, so others can enjoy the spotlight.
Verona Coach Dave Richardson said the blocking schemes have not changed at all in his two decades of coaching. “We are doing the exact same thing we did 20 years ago with the O-line,” he said. “The formations, motions and shotgun are a little
Stoughton’s Jack Nelson (75) makes a block against Portage in a game last year. Nelson, has been named Badger South Offensive Lineman of the Year the last two seasons. different.” One of the biggest differences in the past 20 years is the size and strength of
players who play on the offensive line. Verona senior center Gunnar Kilen is 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, and
tackle Adam Vandervest is 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds.
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