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Led by offensive line, Jefferson-Morgan has high expectations

| Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

Jefferson-Morgan may call the Tri-County South home, but on paper its roster has the look of a small college team.

The Rockets feature a mammoth offensive line anchored by rising senior Jake Earnest (6-foot-10, 385 pounds). His linemates average nearly 6-1, 275 pounds and form one of the largest lines in Class A.

“The lines are going to be a definite strength,” coach Liam Ryan said. “We have a lot of size, strength and athletic guys who should really open some things up for us. We're looking for Earnest to have a huge season on both sides of the ball. … He's not going to come off the field very much. I think he's going to open up some eyes this season.”

The offensive line in particular should give a boost to junior quarterback Rece Henneman, who returns after starting the Rockets' final four games in 2012.

“Rece should have a pretty big year,” Ryan said. “He's worked hard and has good size (6-5, 200). He throws the ball well and has a lot of confidence.”

Ryan is also counting on two wide receivers — deep threat Gerald Metz and Logan Bowman, who also will play running back.

“We look good so far,” Ryan said. “We have a lot of good guys in the backfield to go with the line. We are aiming for a conference title and a return to the playoffs.”

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