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The O-Line protects the QB

The O-Line protects the QB

The O-Line protects the QB

The O-Line protects the QB

Lukas Arthur, Sports Editor

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     Anyone that has ever played a snap of football understands that the game is won at the line of scrimmage, or “the trenches.” Easily the most underrated position in all of sports would be the offensive line. Mountain View High School has been blessed to have one of the very best of these playing Left Tackle for the last 3 seasons. Joshua Boles, or as many people know him, “Bob”, was not only just a 3 year starter but a 3 year all conference player. The Lions were dealt some blows with injuries on the offensive line this year, losing 2 year starter Anthony Marquez for the year after week 3, as well as Jake Dudash for the last 5 games. By week 10, Boles and Junior Luke Hard were the only two of the 5 to start all 10 games.

     Senior Anthony Marquez had to miss the last 7 games of his high school career, but that doesn’t mean that the importance of being an offensive lineman isn’t engraved into his psyche. Marquez says, “Being an offensive lineman means to me that nobody touches my quarterback at all costs, understanding that we won’t get the fame and acknowledgement but that our role is probably the most important.”

     Offensive lineman are built differently, they put bodies on the line for the good of the team. The line’s success means success for the running backs and quarterback. Any successful rushing attack can be pointed to the big guys up front, making holes and runninglanes for the back. Any successful screen game can be pointed to the o-line as well, getting out into traffic and popping linebackers for the receivers to get out into space.

     “Being an offensive lineman was important to me because my job is to protect the QB, but to also protect my running back and receivers. I take pride in the job I do and took it very personal when I wasn’t. Being an lineman is important, but doing your job well is even more important” said Boles. The offensive line is all about that, taking pride in not just what you do but the quality of the job they produce. Boles did just that, he protected his Quarterback and made holes for his running backs. Boles only got one personal foul the entire season. It was for “unnecessary roughness.” He shoved a player off of his QB Lukas Arthur when the Greeley West defensive player was, what looked like, attempting to choke him out. The only personal foul of Boles’ season was protecting his guys. A mark of a true offensive lineman.

 

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