Football modifies defensive structure

Team simplifies playing style

Ethan Brown

Junior quarterback Logan Romero laces his cleats and grabs his helmet before heading to the field. Orioles football is in full swing.

Romero said he wants to improve on the team’s 5-5 record from the 2014 football season.

With eight new faces on varsity, Romero said this year’s game plan will be different.

“We’re going to have a smaller offensive line this year,” Romero said. “We’re going to need to get rid of the ball much quicker and be a lot more efficient with getting the ball where it needs to be.”

Romero said he praises the team’s willingness to change after three of last year’s five varsity offensive linemen graduated. “We’ve had a lot of young guys step up, as well as some upperclassmen being willing to change their position in order to help with the team’s needs,” Romero said.

Coach Ben Wolfe said he’s making major defensive changes, hoping to produce better numbers in his third season as coach.

“We’ve switched our defense from a 4-2-5 defense into a 3-4 defense,” Wolfe said. “We wanted to simplify some offensive concepts, so we’ve changed up a few things there as well.”

Wolfe said he realizes the future challenges the team faces because of the talent present in the rest of the conference.

“We do play in a tough conference with some tough opponents, but our biggest obstacle to overcome is playing mistake-free football, staying within ourselves and playing our best game,” Wolfe said.

Senior defensive back Tahyvion Malone said in order to win this season, coming together as a team is a key to success.

“If we want to improve, we need to grow as a team,” Malone said. “We need to believe in ourselves and trust each other.”