The Leemen will lean on their offensive line this season
STAUNTON, Va. (WVIR) -
The R.E. Lee football team doesn't rebuild, just reload.
The Leemen will have to replace eighteen seniors and the school's all-time leading rusher in Javon Chisley this season.
Senior running back Marcus Warren says, "I don't really see replacement. It's Leemen. We always got new guys coming in. We're always going to be prepared."
Head coach David Tibbs has spent nineteen seasons on the Lee sidelines, and hasn't had a losing record in well over a decade.
"We've been fortunate," says Tibbs. "It's part of the tradition here. It wasn't that way when we came here, but it's kind of become that way."
The Leemen aren't planning on changing their philosophy this season.
Warren says, "The strength of our team is going to be running, mostly because of the linemen. Tackling and blocking, that's what the strength is, always."
Senior Kvvian Durrett says the strength of the line will also help on the other side of the ball.
"If the other team can't score, they can't win," says Durrett.
Tibbs adds, "By far the strength, we return seven starters on defense. Our speed on defense is good."
The goals remain the same at R.E. Lee this year. Everything else is just gravy.
Tibbs says, "We want to be eating Thanksgiving dinner, and still playing football, and if you're doing that, you're deep in the playoffs, and that's our goal every year. It's not cocky, it's just a sense of confidence and pride that we have."
Durrett adds, "It's always a championship goal, but you got to worry about the process before the championship."
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