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After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, thousands of people relocated within the continental United States. One of those was Class of 2019, offensive center, Luis Garcia. Coach Watson’s o-line has benefitted richly from this, though I am sure Coach Watson would rather gain talent more conventionally than the player being displaced by natural disaster. Garcia is the one member of the offensive line at Clarksville Northeast High School who, decidedly, doesn’t look anything like the other four members of the unit. Garcia is listed at 5-7 (and that may be generous) and weighs 215 pounds (again, maybe generous). As the offensive center, he’s decidedly the smallest member of the Eagles’ offensive line who has, routinely, the hardest job along the front. Not only is he snapping the ball, but he is making the calls for both the protection and blocking schemes and having to be matched up with what is typically the biggest, baddest, and meanest member of most odd-fronts, that being the nose guard. In even fronts he draws either the one technique, or perhaps, worst yet, is called upon to climb, second-level, to block one of the tougher and more athletic players on any defense, one of the opponents deployed at the linebacker position. Linebacker is not one of the positions where coaches deploy players whose ability is in question, not successful coaches anyway.
With Garcia stationed at the mid-point of the o-line, the Eagles have two running backs averaging well over 100 yards a piece, in Fred Orr (TB) and Tyrique Freeman (FB), and a rushing attack averaging over 250 yards a night. Perhaps Freeman’s robust 130 or so yards a night rushing, in 12 or so carries a game, is the biggest testament to Garcia’s blocking prowess. After all, the Fullback is, most often, charged with carrying the football right up the center of the field. Just this past Friday night, Garcia helped Northeast run its record to 6-0 on the strength of a 64-6 beat down of cross-town rival West Creek High School. With Garcia and his line mates controlling the line of scrimmage every Friday night, it will be interesting to see just how high these Eagles will be able to fly in 2018.
Congratulations to Luis Garcia for being our Meeks & Meeks, Attorneys, Montgomery County Area Player of the Week!
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