Itâ??s one of the most coveted positions in football.
â??He's good,â?? senior running back Tyler Roose said. â??I expect a lot out of him.â??
â??We have a little more height at the quarterback position this season,â?? senior running back Nic Walli said.
Thereâ??s a new face at the quarterback position for the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. Junior Arthur Lyons takes over the position, after he was called up from the junior varsity squad this year.
â??He's as dedicated as anybody we have as far as strength training, conditioning and things like that,â?? head coach Andy Crouch said. â??He's slowly developing into a leader, so I think we'll be in good shape with him under center the next couple of years.â??
This may be his first year, but Lyons says he knows what to expect.
â??[I] just got to make plays when they give them to you, you know,â?? Lyons said. â??It's a lot of ground game here, so that takes a lot of pressure off, but I still got to make throws when they let you throw.â??
Heâ??s right. The Lakes have quite the backfield this year, which bodes well for a new quarterback.
â??We're excited,â?? Roose said. â??I think we have the potential to have a really good ground game.â??
Senior running backs like Roose and Walli can certainly help shoulder the load for Lyons.
â??It's good,â?? Walli said. â??You get a lot of breaks, and it's just really nice having everyone trying.â??
A balanced ground and air attack is what the Lakes need this season. They have to navigate quite a gauntlet. Their schedule features seven teams who made the postseason last year. Games against Hurley, Maple City Glen Lake and Forest Park are never easy. Neither is their season opener against Baraga.
â??We have our hands full, but it's going to be a chance to see what kind of competitors we have on our team,â?? Crouch said.
Despite the tough draw, the consensus just days before kickoff, is that the Lakes are stronger, faster, and theyâ??re hungry for wins.