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on the line in front of him.

“I’m ex­cited,” Hard­ing said. “I’ll prob­a­bly get to yell at them a lit­tle more than the other line.”

“We’re a lit­tle bit younger, got a lot of new guys that are go­ing to be start­ing this year,” Cole­man said. “We’re re­turn­ing two guys on de­fense and I guess four on of­fense, so we’re def­i­nitely go­ing to have a lot of turnover. But our jayvee had a good year last year. I think they were 7-3, so there are a lot of kids com­ing up that are go­ing to get op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Eas­ton High as­sis­tant coach Pat McGlinchey, quar­ter­back Ma­son Led­ford, and line­backer Carter Tay­lor rep­re­sented the War­riors.

“Skill-wise we are re­turn­ing a lot of vet­er­ans,” McGlinchey said. “We’re go­ing to be very pro­fi­cient with them. The of­fen­sive line is the ques­tion mark be­cause most of them have grad­u­ated, espe­cially with our of­fense be­ing a spread at­tack. We’re a very fast-paced, mov­ing of­fense, and without a good of­fen­sive line it’s usu­ally three-and-out. We don’t want to go three-and-out.”

“We’re just go­ing to have to get rid of the ball quicker,” Led­ford said. “We’re go­ing to have to run crisp routes,

have no lack­adaisi­cal plays, take no plays off, def­i­nitely do what we’re told to do ev­ery down, ev­ery play — just put that to­gether and put points on the board.”

Eas­ton will likely run a 5-3 de­fense. The only re­turn­ing starter on the de­fen­sive line is se­nior end Justin Fen­wick.

“We need to know our as­sign­ments ear­lier,” Tay­lor said. “We started off slow on de­fense last year and it hurt us. But I think if we start off Week 1 with a good de­fense we’ll carry it through to the end.”

Eas­ton went 7-3 last sea­son, just missed the play­offs, los­ing the three games by a to­tal of 14 points. The War­riors were nipped by North Caro­line, 49-48, in the sea­son-opener.

Kent County, the de­fend­ing Class 1A East Re­gion cham­pion, went 7-5 last sea­son. The Tro­jans re­lied heav­ily on the ver­sa­tile tal­ents of Mar­c­quan Greene, the Bay­side Of­fen­sive Player of the Year, who signed to play for Wes­ley (Del.) Col­lege this sea­son.

Can­di­dates to fill the void in­clude a pair of quar­ter­backs, sopho­more Pey­ton Tay­lor and fresh­man Thomas Golds­bor­ough.

“Mar­c­quan last year as a quar­ter­back took a lot of car­ries,” said Kent County head

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