If new head coach Kelly Blake has his way, blankets and hot chocolate should not be necessary at Homer High School football games this fall.
"Once we get our running backs fired up, I expect things to heat up," Blake said.
Burning things up in the backfield for this year's Mariners running game are seniors Bryan Smith and Devion Hagen, along with junior Jason West.
In the passing game, Blake hopes to capitalize on sophomore quarterback Canyon McKinstry's quick feet and good field sense to connect with junior receivers Joe Hoanin and Brandon Moffet.
Blake said he also is counting on using sophomore Justin Adams in the quarterback position, as well as a wideout. Junior Nate Brown and sophomore Justin Smith finish out the varsity receiver positions.
On the line, seniors Adam Hediger, Jared Weaver and Daniel Rainwater join juniors Cody Crum and Josh Blanchard to create solid pass protection, as well as a powerful front to open holes for their running backs.
"These guys all have good size and are quick on their feet," Blake said.
Rounding out the offensive squad is senior tight end Jake Fraley.
Most of Blake's offensive players head across to the other side of the ball to guard against the opposition's offensive assault.
Sean Pearson is a special contributor to the Homer News.
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