Who has the best offensive line in each division?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedDiesel View Post
    I won’t weigh in on who has the best OLine, as I’m admittedly too biased for that, but I do want to echo the applause for the big bellies that work the trenches. Watusi said it better than me, but most just don’t realize how difficult the position is, requiring skills like balance, agility, leverage, technique, and intelligence, not to mention a crap-ton of heart, fortitude and toughness. The words ‘skilled position’ may be the most ignorant terminology in the game. I could write volumes about the life of an O-lineman and the sacrifices they make, but that’s too much to post so I will simply share this personal example:

    On Saturday mornings, the offensive lineman I know doesn’t run to the newspaper to check his stats or read his name in the headlines. He knows he won’t be mentioned unless he and his brothers failed to do their jobs. In fact, he doesn’t run anywhere; instead, he hobbles painfully to the tub for a salt bath hoping to soothe his physical sufferings. From the neck down, he’s a train wreck, like something out of a horror film. You would literally have to hunt to find a two-inch patch that isn’t bruised, busted, swollen, smashed, torn, or isn’t sore and doesn’t ache. When you ask him if he’s alright, he just smiles and says, “I can’t wait for next Friday night.”

    If you see an offensive lineman, give him a pat on the back and thank him for the efforts he makes and the toils he endures on behalf of the team you support. Your appreciation will be welcomed. And I guarantee you it has been earned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedDiesel View Post
    I wonít weigh in on who has the best OLine, as Iím admittedly too biased for that, but I do want to echo the applause for the big bellies that work the trenches. Watusi said it better than me, but most just donít realize how difficult the position is, requiring skills like balance, agility, leverage, technique, and intelligence, not to mention a crap-ton of heart, fortitude and toughness. The words Ďskilled positioní may be the most ignorant terminology in the game. I could write volumes about the life of an O-lineman and the sacrifices they make, but thatís too much to post so I will simply share this personal example:

    On Saturday mornings, the offensive lineman I know doesnít run to the newspaper to check his stats or read his name in the headlines. He knows he wonít be mentioned unless he and his brothers failed to do their jobs. In fact, he doesnít run anywhere; instead, he hobbles painfully to the tub for a salt bath hoping to soothe his physical sufferings. From the neck down, heís a train wreck, like something out of a horror film. You would literally have to hunt to find a two-inch patch that isnít bruised, busted, swollen, smashed, torn, or isnít sore and doesnít ache. When you ask him if heís alright, he just smiles and says, ďI canít wait for next Friday night.Ē

    If you see an offensive lineman, give him a pat on the back and thank him for the efforts he makes and the toils he endures on behalf of the team you support. Your appreciation will be welcomed. And I guarantee you it has been earned.
    That's almost poetic

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    Beechwood has a fantastic line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colonel-fan View Post
    If CovCath has the best o-line in 5A (and I think that is a big if), it is crazy to think they all return next year.
    I don't know much about the 5A lines down state, but you are right...CCH starts no Seniors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NKY Bandit View Post
    Beechwood has a fantastic line.
    Beechwood has one senior lineman starter. The same is true for their defensive line. The Tigers should be as good or better on the line next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watusi View Post
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    This is great... but do high school kids read and or know what a newspaper is?

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    Any line with Bryan Hudson on it has to be in the mix. So I`ll say Scott Co. rates pretty good.

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    Well I think the best o-line in 4A turned out to be Franklin-Simpson. Ran for 191 yards against Johnson Central who only ran for 66 against FS. FS o-line is one senior, two juniors and two sophomores. FS always has speed, but the reason the Wildcats have had more success lately is their vastly improved line play. Hats off to the big boys in the trenches!

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    I agree FSfan

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    Now that the smoke has cleared, I believe 3A Champion Boyle County had the best Oline in 3A.

    LT-Ryan McClelland-SR
    LG-Zane Young-SR
    Center-John Yeager-SR
    RG-Ned Stephens-JR
    RT-Will Bramel-SR

    Ned Stephens is the only starting linemen that missed a start this year. He sat out the regular season game vs. Lex Cath. Mitchell Paycheck was his backup for that one. John Yeager played the last 2 game with a probable torn labrum in his right shoulder that forced him to snap left handed.Other than that, these 5 guys started every game for Boyle.

    It should also be noted these guys were all one-way players. Depth matters!

    Congrats to these men for an outstanding season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85_Rebel View Post
    Now that the smoke has cleared, I believe 3A Champion Boyle County had the best Oline in 3A.

    LT-Ryan McClelland-SR
    LG-Zane Young-SR
    Center-John Yeager-SR
    RG-Ned Stephens-JR
    RT-Will Bramel-SR

    Ned Stephens is the only starting linemen that missed a start this year. He sat out the regular season game vs. Lex Cath. Mitchell Paycheck was his backup for that one. John Yeager played the last 2 game with a probable torn labrum in his right shoulder that forced him to snap left handed.Other than that, these 5 guys started every game for Boyle.

    It should also be noted these guys were all one-way players. Depth matters!

    Congrats to these men for an outstanding season.
    I would throw the TE's in the mix too Hellyer was outstanding and Tiller did a bang up job after moving from QB to TE

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    I have no idea but I love that the big guys are getting a thread about them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85_Rebel View Post
    Now that the smoke has cleared, I believe 3A Champion Boyle County had the best Oline in 3A.

    LT-Ryan McClelland-SR
    LG-Zane Young-SR
    Center-John Yeager-SR
    RG-Ned Stephens-JR
    RT-Will Bramel-SR

    Ned Stephens is the only starting linemen that missed a start this year. He sat out the regular season game vs. Lex Cath. Mitchell Paycheck was his backup for that one. John Yeager played the last 2 game with a probable torn labrum in his right shoulder that forced him to snap left handed.Other than that, these 5 guys started every game for Boyle.

    It should also be noted these guys were all one-way players. Depth matters!

    Congrats to these men for an outstanding season.
    I originally said Belfry, but I can't argue with your opinion. Boyle County got the job done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlow View Post
    I would throw the TE's in the mix too Hellyer was outstanding and Tiller did a bang up job after moving from QB to TE
    Great point.....noted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSfan View Post
    Well I think the best o-line in 4A turned out to be Franklin-Simpson. Ran for 191 yards against Johnson Central who only ran for 66 against FS. FS o-line is one senior, two juniors and two sophomores. FS always has speed, but the reason the Wildcats have had more success lately is their vastly improved line play. Hats off to the big boys in the trenches!
    I don’t know how anyone could declare JC the best “by far” if they saw the 4A Championship Saturday.

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