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Published: Tuesday, 10/15/2013

Perrysburg offensive line changes question mark to exclamation point

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Perrysburg's offensive line has opened up big holes through the season. Perrysburg's offensive line has opened up big holes through the season.
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The offensive line was the big question mark for Perrysburg football head coach Matt Kregel two months ago before the season began.

After 369 rushing yards and 63 points on Friday against Anthony Wayne, it is safe to say the offensive line is becoming a strength of the team.

"They have improved a lot," Kregel said on Tuesday. "The majority of their area of improvement is they are consistently playing angry. They have developed an attitude to go after the defense, and our rushing game has been successful because of the offensive line."

That line and the rest of Perrysburg look to keep the team's unblemished conference record at 7 p.m. Friday at Northview High School in Sylvania. Perrysburg, with three games remaining, controls its own destiny to winning a Northern Lakes League championship and earning a playoff spot. Perrysburg is 5-2.

While Kregel says the offensive line plays like it is angry, his only returning starter on the line, Cale Bonner, thinks differently.

"I don't know about angry, but we play with aggression," the junior said. "We want to play hard, with a clean head and focused. We try to make it as easy as possible for Gus, Mark, and Kadin."

Those are the three leading rushers for Perrysburg: quarterback Gus Dimmerling and running backs Mark Delas and Kadin Llewellyn. Last week, Dimmerling and Delas each rushed for more than 150 yards. 

Bonner said it means a lot to "prove people wrong," who thought the offensive line would struggle before the season.

Kregel said that, with what the Anthony Wayne defense was doing, they were able to run a lot of read-option plays. The read-option play allows the quarterback, Dimmerling, to run it if it is open for him, or Delas can take the hand off.

"It is tough [to defend]," Kregel said. "It is key to have good enough perimeter wide receivers to make the defense honor them for the read option. If we're not good at wide receiver, then they can pack seven in the box."

Perrysburg coaches and players have said they can't take Northview lightly, even though the Wildcats are 2-5 and 1-3 in the conference.

Kregel said they have some big players, and athletic players that make their spread-option offense dangerous. 

"Early in the season, they were suppose to be at the top of the league," Bonner said. "We can't overlook them. It is Northview week. Every week is special now."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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