Four-year letterman Arnold takes on role model status for younger teammates

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 7, 2007 - COMO - As the only senior lineman for Como-Pickton, Wade Arnold has taken on the status of a role model to the underclassmen on the football team.

"I am the only senior lineman on the team this year that is starting and everyone looks up to me," said Arnold, the son of Keith and Sue Monk and Ed Arnold. "I have to lead by example and I have to do everything right to show them how it needs to be done so they can learn and get better."

As a four-year varsity letterman, Arnold has seen everything from the playoffs in 2004 to a winless football season in 2006 and is currently dealing with a 14-game winless streak heading into tonight's contest against Celeste.

He said the team is starting to come together along the front line and getting this win would get them in the right direction.

"When we went to the playoffs, we had a bunch of seniors on the team and the whole line was almost all seniors," he said. "When they all graduated, all we had was freshmen. It took a lot for us to get them situated and it takes a while to learn all of the technique, and now we are building up to a better team than what we were.

"It is very important to get this win because this is my last homecoming and we haven't had a win in a season and a game. We really need to win to get our spirits up and get our season going."

During the offseason and in the first game of the year, Wade said defensive coordinator and assistant line coach Kent Richey has been working on having his linemen improve on the basics during practices.

"The problems that we are having right now is staying low and staying on the people that we need to block," Arnold explained. "We are not firing off the line and staying into them and pushing them back to where they need to be. I have a problem with cutting linebackers and I just go straight at them and I am working on cutting them better."

With only seven seniors on the team this year, Arnold said working with the six other seniors on the team has been fun.

"I wish we had another year. Noe (Tellez) and I have been starting since we were freshmen and we have played together all these years. We are just now getting back up to a winning team and it would have been nice to push for another year if we could."

Wade said he plans on going to EMT school in February.

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