A SEASON ON THE LINE

Franco is hoping improved line play leads to greater success

As he looked at his returning starters for the 2022 campaign, Tyrone coach John Franco could see there was good news and bad news

The good news was his entire offensive line was coming back.

The bad news was his entire offensive line was coming back.

It’s a strange situation, indeed, because most coaches would do anything to return an entire offensive line intact from one season to the next, but in 2021 the Golden Eagles’ line wasn’t moving anyone. Tyrone managed to run for only 58.4 yards per game and rarely was its ground attack an influencing factor.

The potential was there for Tyrone’s front 5, but more often than not the unit was overmatched in size and strength, which meant those tough yards a team has to grind for on third and fourth downs were never accessible.

But after an offseason spent getting bigger and stronger, the group may be ready to turn the course of their careers in 2022, and in the process give the Golden Eagles something they haven’t produced in eight seasons – a thousand-yard rusher.

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