FOOTBALL: Mustangs prepare for annual Lineman Challenge

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MARBLE FALLS — Though several weeks exist until the end of the 2009-2010 school year, it’s never too early to prepare for the next football season.

That was the goal set before the Marble Falls High School linemen during their first weekend event Saturday.

IN PHOTO: Members of the Marble Falls Lineman’s Challenge team include Esteban Rodriguez (front row, left), Nathan Short, Jake Machen, Chris Reaves, Roger Crowder and Justis Ribera; Michael Buya (second row, left), German Ortiz, Vincent Compuzano, Ronnie Boatright, coach David Woods, Nathan Deitchler, Ethan Daniels and Payce Goldsmith. Courtesy photo

Fourteen players participated in eight events designed to help them get stronger, faster and more resilient, according to coach David Woods.

“It helps us get ready for the rest of the season,” he said. “We’ll test our players and see where they stack up against the state.”

The Mustangs competed in the farmers walk, hand-over-hand sled pull, sled drag, medicine ball throw, team truck push, tire flip, sand bag toss and 205-pound bench press.

Woods said he was pleased with the players’ results.

“I saw the improvement in just one week of working,” he said. “We had guys who couldn’t do the tire flip but one or two times complete the course on Saturday.”

He was impressed with the times in the sled pull and sand bag toss.

“I saw kids drop their times,” the coach said.

Though some fans may find the events in the lineman challenge entertaining, Woods believes it’s one of the best ways to help players in that position work on their technique.

He said helps athletes be aggressive and quicker to challenge, drive and fire off the ball.

“And drag your opponent away,” Woods said. “It develops hip strength. Once you have that, you’re moving them one or two feet off the line.”

The goal is to stay low then explode up. The tire flip is a great event to learn that, the coach said.

“Everything we’re doing in competition is geared toward blocking better,” he said. “It’s a positive experience all the way around.”

The Mustangs will participate in the Lexington High School meet in June. The state meet is slated for July 6-7 in Forney.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

Results:

Farmers Walk

Ronnie Boatwright – 14.08

Michael Buya – 13.13

Roger Crowder – 9.12

Vincent Compuzano – 17.20

Ethan Daniels – 28.29

Nathan Deitchler – 8.41

Payce Goldsmith – 7.47

Jake Machen – 22.93

German Ortiz – 12.63

Chris Reaves – 10.29

Justis Ribera – 23.65

Esteban Rodriguez – 30.82

Nathan Short – 8.64

Travis Sparks – 35.00

Tire Flip

Ronnie Boatwright – 28.26

Michael Buya – 1:27.00

Roger Crowder – 1:13.93

Vincent Compuzano – 1:27.08

Ethan Daniels – 1:23

Nathan Deitchler – 40.97

Payce Goldsmith – 24.89

Jake Machen – 1:50.85

German Ortiz – 1:05.39

Chris Reaves – 34.61

Justis Ribera – 1:10.59

Esteban Rodriguez – 55.11

Nathan Short – 50.20

Travis Sparks – 3:01.00

Hand-over-hand Sled Pull

Ronnie Boatwright – 11.60

Michael Buya – 18.00

Roger Crowder – 27.00

Vincent Compuzano – 11.30

Ethan Daniels – 17.78

Nathan Deitchler – 10.29

Payce Goldsmith – 11.30

Jake Machen – 18.00

German Ortiz – 14.20

Chris Reaves – 8.80

Justis Ribera – 13.50

Esteban Rodriguez – 14.10

Nathan Short – 0.00

Travis Sparks – 25.60

Sandbag Toss

Ronnie Boatwright – 31.97

Michael Buya – 36.87

Roger Crowder – 52.03

Vincent Compuzano – 32.18

Ethan Daniels – 35.35

Nathan Deitchler – 37.06

Payce Goldsmith – 34.97

Jake Machen – 41.47

German Ortiz – 37.75

Chris Reaves – 29.78

Justis Ribera – 38.90

Esteban Rodriguez – 37.04

Nathan Short – 37.53

Travis Sparks – 50.00

Sled Drag

Ronnie Boatwright – 5.80

Michael Buya – 6.08

Roger Crowder – 6.50

Vincent Compuzano – 6.10

Ethan Daniels – 5.79

Nathan Deitchler – 6.20

Payce Goldsmith – 6.00

Jake Machen – 6.90

German Ortiz – 6.60

Chris Reaves – 6.20

Justis Ribera – 6.10

Esteban Rodriguez – 6.20

Nathan Short – 6.60

Travis Sparks – 9.20

205-bench press

Ronnie Boatwright – 16

Michael Buya – 6

Roger Crowder – 0

Vincent Compuzano – 3

Ethan Daniels – 5

Nathan Deitchler – 0

Payce Goldsmith – 9

Jake Machen – 2

German Ortiz – 2

Chris Reaves – 8

Justis Ribera – 1

Esteban Rodriguez – 1

Nathan Short – 9

Travis Sparks – 0

Medicine Ball Throw

Ronnie Boatwright – 29-6

Michael Buya – 27-8

Roger Crowder – 16-9

Vincent Compuzano – 21-2

Ethan Daniels – 20-8

Nathan Deitchler – 23-11

Payce Goldsmith – 28-9

Jake Machen – 25-6

German Ortiz – 26-1

Chris Reaves – 26-4

Justis Ribera – 23-3

Esteban Rodriguez – 25-1

Nathan Short – 28-10

Travis Sparks – 20-8

Team Truck Push

Ronnie Boatwright – 13-34

Michael Buya – 13-83

Roger Crowder – 13-34

Vincent Compuzano – 13-34

Ethan Daniels – 13-83

Nathan Deitchler – 13-65

Payce Goldsmith – 13-65

Jake Machen – 13-65

German Ortiz – 13-65

Chris Reaves – 13-34

Justis Ribera – 13-83

Esteban Rodriguez – 13-65

Nathan Short – 13-34

Travis Sparks – 13-83

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