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Expectations are High at Fort Frye

August 28, 2013
By DAVE MORRISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BEVERLY - For Eric Huck, family matters.

The Fort Frye coach wouldn't have it any other way.

For starters, Huck is coaching up his brother, Terren, a junior receiver/safety, again this season. Once again, his father, Terry, is on the Cadets' coaching staff as the offensive coordinator.

Completing the Huck connection, senior C.J. Huck is on the squad, and he isn't even related to the coach.

Fittingly, more than 10 percent of the 39-man team/coaching staff is made up of Hucks, father-son-brother-non-relative and all.

Not that there is any brotherly love involved. This isn't Philadelphia.

"It's a lot of fun," Coach Huck said. "It's kind of hard to explain really. I'm probably a whole lot tougher on (Terren) than I am on anybody else on the team, but he understands it. When we are on the field, it's all business."

Huck laughed at the idea of issues arrising.

"He knows better than to give me a problem," he said. "Dad keeps him in line. He really is a fine young man and a real good player."

Coming off a playoff season (the Cadets finished 8-3, losing in the first round) Huck is expecting another high-mark campaign, with six starters back on offense, and seven on defense.

"A lot of talk around the area is that we will be better than we were last year," Huck said. "We don't look at it that way. We are focusing on taking it one game at a time. These kids have high expectations themselves."

Right now it's all about piecing together the puzzle.

While Fort Frye has experienced players back in the fold, many of them are going to be playing different positions.

It's a learning process.

"It's interesting," Huck said. "We are moving linemen to running backs, receivers to running back. We have a lot of kids in different positions. I think we have a lot of nice pieces. It's fitting together those pieces in the puzzle and seeing what we have."

For example, Derek Layton played some fullback last year and Brandon Close is also in the mix for that position.

"Both guys are doing well, but one of them is probably going to go back to the line," Huck said.

The running back position was also wide open, with the Cadets losing their top two ground gainers to graduation.

Luke Yates and Colten Shuster are the prime candidates to carry the load at the tailback spot.

One player who is not moving is quarterback/linebacker Chandler Lang.

"He had a really good season," Huck said. "He was third team All-Ohio and he led the team in tackles as a linebacker."

Not that Huck wants his star quarterback playing defense.

"We have thought about that, but he is a special kind of player," the coach said. "We couldn't not play him. We understand it's taking a risk but with him on the field we are a better team. We want to have the best 11 players on the field and he is one of those. He is valuable to us on offense but he is just as valuable on defense."

Offensively, Zack Prichard, Terren Huck and Shuster, if he isn't in the backfield, will see time at receiver while C.J. Huck will play tight end.

On the line, Drew Layton (5-foot-10, 255 pounds) will likely start at center but could move to tackle, while Garrett Hall (5-11, 160) and Sam Bidwell (5-4, 175) are at guards. The tackle is a three-man platoon of Garrin Knotts (5-10, 165), Tyler Wittekind (5-10, 200) and Levi Baker (5-11, 170).

Plenty of the same players will see action on defense, and there are ample opportunities for different matchups.

C.J. Huck, Yates and Knotts are defensive end possibilities, while Layton, Ethan Makris, Sam Bidwell and Knotts can all play defensive tackle.

Joining Lang at linebacker are Hall, Baker and Close, and Layton can move back to linebacker from the line.

Shuster and Prichard are the cornerbacks while Terren Huck is at safety.

Fort Frye opens the season Friday against rival River.

Huck is assisted by Brian Kittle, Terry Huck, Sonny Bidwell and Andy Sleek.


Garrett Hall, C.J. Huck, Chandler Lang, Drew Layton, Ethan Matheny, Zach Prichard, Colten Shuster.


Levi Baker, Sam Bidwell, Brandon Close, Terren Huck, Tyler Wittekind, Luke Yates.


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