Flexibility will be key this fall for the football team at Central High School.
Not only does the squad have a lot of new faces on the field — including an almost entirely new offensive line — but there is a new coach patrolling the sidelines, too.
“I always knew that some of the best athletes in the city were here and I always wanted to build something,” coach Mark Faubion said. “Coming into a program that has traditionally been kind of down, I want to be something that can be something, so I saw it and went after it.”
Faubion, who left Liberty to take the job, has quite a challenge ahead of him. But he has some key returnees who should help ease the transition.
Primarily, the Blue Eagles will turn to quarterback Michael Harrison and running back Montario Brown, both holdovers from last season. They will also have some veteran leadership from Sam Smith, the only returner on the offensive line.
Smith, who measures in at 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, can hold his own. The bigger question is can the guys around him who are now a mix of players who have moved from fullback and tight end positions fill gaps on the line?
“If we can get them any kind of blocking, those positions could be really good for us,” Faubion said. “We are young up front, which is my only fear.”