The Greenwood offensive line is returning three starters this season with four seniors and they believe they have what it takes to help bring Greenwood another State Championship.
The O-Line will be led by seniors Noah Fox, Colton Simpson, Landon Sloan, and Cole Ceniceros with junior Kevin Douglas manning the right guard position.
“It’s a big plus, they understand what’s going on.” said offensive line coach Brian Sims when talking about his group of seniors.
Fox (6-1, 253), who is a senior all-league performer, will be at center for Greenwood this season. When asking Noah what being a three year senior means to him he said, “It is amazing having experience and being able to pass it on to people.” Noah will look to be a leader on the offensive line and help take his team to their ultimate goal, the State Championship.
Sloan (6-0, 285) will be at left guard this season. Landon is very powerful as he benches 390 LBS while squatting 550.
“Landon has all the tools to do it. It’s just a matter of consistency now.” said head coach Rick Jones when talking about Sloan.
When asking Landon about what the offensive line has to do this season he told me,“The offensive line needs to crush everyone in their path and make the defense regret getting off their team bus.” He also added that the O-Line “expects nothing less than pure domination from snap to whistle.”
Colton Simpson (5-10, 242), who is an all-league honoree, will be starting at left tackle for Greenwood. Simpson has experience at this position as he started every game there last season while battling mononucleosis. Coach Sims complemented Colton by saying he is “great with his hands and has great leverage.”
Cole Ceniceros (5-10, 243) made this move from left guard to center to right tackle during the offseason and he has really impressed Coach Jones. Ceniceros has been credited with lateral quickness and versatility.
Junior Kevin Douglas looks like he will start at right guard this season, but Traven Nichols is battling him. Douglas (6-2, 282) moved in from West Virginia last year and his strength will help the Bulldog line. Coach Jones added that he is “not afraid to mix it up.”
“They are getting better playing as a unit.” said Coach Sims as we are weeks away from opening kickoff. Fox and Simpson both preached on how this years’ offensive line will “play as a whole” and that they are close and have great chemistry.