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Football Preview (August 24, 2011)

While prep squads at Catonsville and Western Tech enjoyed playoff berths last season, Lansdowne is working hard to reach the .500 mark and become a part of the playoff talk conversation.

Read on to find out who we be on the gridiron for your favorite local high school team.

Lansdowne

2010 record: 3-7


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First game: Sept. 9, vs Western Tech, 7 p.m.

Offensive starters returning: 6

Defensive starters returning: 6

Fast fact: The Vikings' three wins last year matched the win total in coach Ken Schuckle's first year as head coach. Before he took over in 2008, the Vikings had won only two games the previous three seasons combined.

Keys to success: Lansdowne must establish a running game and win time of possession to keep several two-way starters off the field as much as possible on defense.

Breakdown: Schuckle feels most confident in an offense that will be triggered by senior quarterback Dominic Mullin (5-feet,8 inches, 160 pounds).

"I think offense will be our strength this year," Schuckle said. "Dominic is getting it down where I feel comfortable him working with audibles."

The backfield and offensive line also seem to be in sync.

Senior running backs Kemondre Robinson (5-11, 155) and Deon Hill (5-11, 165) are going to run behind a line that includes seniors Tyler Wofford (6-0, 225), Kevin Crawford (6-0, 230), Robert Smith (6-0, 225) and Pete Koscielski (6-2, 215) and sophomore Romario Orellano (5-5, 175).

Seniors Ivan Neville (5-11, 185) and Kyle Beard (5-9, 155) rotate at tight end.

Senior Jeff Sampary (5-6, 150) and sophomore Edrick Mallard (6-4, 175) will be the main receiving threats.

Versatile sophomore Nick Farmer (5-8, 155) is a valuable offensive weapon at running back or quarterback.

Farmer and Mullin should also fill the safety slots on defense.

They'll be flanked by defensive backs Robinson and Sampary.

Beard, Neville and Wofford form a talented linebacking trio behind junior defensive end Rodney Jones (6-0, 200) and Koscielski and defensive tackles Crawford, Smith and Orellano.

Although pleased his team won three more games last year than in 2009, Schuckle wasn't totally satisfied.