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O-Line Returns, QB Does Not

NEW LISBON, Wis. - New Lisbon enters 2014 as a defending co-champion of the Scenic Bluffs.

The cabinet is not bare for the Rockets as they return their entire offensive line, a unit that has played alongside one another for the past two seasons.

"You hardly even have to talk," said senior guard Justin Giebel. "You kind of give each other a nudge or say one word and the guy knows what you're doing so you go here, block that person, they pick up your guy and it makes it pretty easy, pretty seamless."

The Rockets though do have to replace quarterback Cullen Pedersen.

"You don't really replace him," said Brad Bever who enters his 24th season as head coach. "We're just going to try to attack from different angles. Put the ball in other people's hands besides our quarterback."

Pedersen last season scored 24 touchdowns on the ground and eleven more through the air. That was about three-quarters of the team's offense as they averaged 28-points per game.

"I think we just have to work on being more diverse than last year, I think that will help out a lot," said senior Nick Fleming. "This way teams won't be able to key on what we're doing as quickly. That should help us."

"We can balance the attack out more because teams won't know where it's going to come from," said senior Jarret Smith. "They've got to find that out right away. It'll be nice to surprise some teams."

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