Lining It Out: SSHS’ guys in trenches place second at state Lineman Challenge

From Staff Reports

July 14, 2008 - AUSTIN - After pulling and dragging, throwing and flipping, pushing and hauling Saturday afternoon, the Sulphur Springs linemen came away with some iron.

The guys who are in the trenches during football season finished second in the Class 4A division of the Texas Lineman Challenge, a modified strong man event, at Austin Lake Travis High School.

The Wildcats were third overall, behind 4A champion Waco Midway and 5A champ Arlington High.

"There were 24 total teams overall, including seven 4A teams," said coach Martin Bryant. "We finished second in our division - Waco Midway ended up beating us by about 10 points. We finished third out of everybody, so it was a good day."

The teams competed in eight different events: sled drag, hand-over-hand sled pull, bench press for reps, team truck pull, sand bag load, tractor tire flip, medicine ball throw and farmers walk.

Several individuals came away with high finishes as well. Tadarious Johnson was first in the sled drag among all classifications and will receive a medal for his effort. In the sled drag, the athlete wears a harness that is attached to a sled with a 100 pound weight on it. The athlete must drag the sled 25 yards. Johnson finished 15th in total points.

Defensive end Colton Nash was ninth overall, and came in second behind Johnson in the sled drag and was also second in the hand-over-hand sled pull. He finished fourth in the medicine ball throw.

Offensive linemen Mason Y'Barbo and Beau Carpenter finished 14th and 16th overall. Also competing for SSHS were Alex Peek, Jake Russell and Derek Hanson.

Bryant said the Wildcats' offseason and summer weight and conditioning program uses similar strength exercises.

"The medicine ball throw was the only event we really hadn't worked. We got out there 30-45 minutes before we started, and it ended up working out," Bryant said.

"We'll flip a big tractor tire in the offseason and summer, and of course we do bench press for reps. In offensive line drills, we work with sand bags some, so they're used to working with them. The hand-over-hand sled pull is a little bit different for us, but the sled drag is something we do all the time."

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