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Marksmen to face big South Spencer squad

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By Larry Goffinet

REO—Combating a bigger, more experienced offensive line is a problem Tell City will try to solve in its PAC football game at South Spencer Friday at 7 p.m.

Tell City Coach Don Hitz said the offensive line is the main strength of the Rebels, who are 2-0 and ranked 12th in the Class 2A state coaches poll.

“They’re big and strong and all seniors,” Hitz said of the line. “They’ll lock on and really drive it.

“They’re a lot bigger than us—probably 20 pounds per man bigger.”

He also said the Rebels’ team speed is “pretty good. They’re bringing back a veteran team—they have nine offensive starters and nine defensive starters back from last year.”

Despite their speed, though, “they’re not really going to try to run outside,” said Hitz. “They’re pretty much a power football team.”

Jacob Lauer, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior, leads the Rebel running backs. “He’s a power runner and rushed for over 1,100 yards last year,” said Hitz.

Anthony Visk, a 6-foot, 215-pound senior, is another Rebel runner. And they have “a stout fullback,” Curtis Weber, who is used mainly as a blocker, said Hitz.

Though the Rebels “prefer to establish the running game first,” they can pass, said Hitz.

Zeke Harmon, a 5-11, 160-pound junior, is a third-year starter at quarterback and threw for 808 yards and five touchdowns last year.

Layne Conner, a 6-foot, 160-pound senior, and Clint Wetzel, a 5-9, 145-pound senior, are two of his favorite receivers, though “they’ll spread it around,” said Hitz.

The Rebels usually play a 4-3 defense but “will jump into a 5-2 as well,” said Hitz.

He said ends Mac Webb, a 6-3, 240-pound senior, and Trenton Ball, a 6-4, 230-pound senior, are defensive standouts for the Rebels.

As for what Tell City will try to do against them, Hitz said, “We’ve really got to establish the run before we put the ball in the air. But I don’t know if Trent Gunn (the Marksmen’s leading rusher) is going to be able to play Friday night. He’s got a sore ankle and shoulder.”

Gunn had a magnetic resonance imaging of his shoulder Monday, which revealed it is bruised but not separated.