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Belvidere Bucs Preview 8/9/12

Scott Leber has a preseason look at the Belvidere Bucs football team.
Belvidere, Illinois-The Bucs will be spreading things out again this year on offense and throwing the ball a lot.

"We're switching things up to spread things out and open up the middle a bit more," said quarterback Troy Vandenbroek. "It looks good. We're doing a lot of the same stuff just adding to it."

With Vandenbroek back at quarterback for his fourth varsity year the Bucs have the perfect guy to lead that pistol spread attack.  And his top target Kane Steger is back. He was the leading receiver in the conference last year.

"With our spread offense we have a lot more players that can play a lot of different positions," said Steger. "So I think we're going to have a better offensive spread.

But Vandenbroek says the running game hasn't gone the way of the dinosaur in Belvidere. "No, the run game is still a big part of our offense."

"We're still a triple-option team," insists head coach Matt Weckler. "Our grit guy this year is going to be Troy. We're expecting him to carry the load a little bit."

Also carrying a big part of the load will be athletic halfback Maurice Jackson.

"He can bring it," said Weckler. "He's got speed. He's got the shake. He's probably our top back."

So the offense looks to be in good shape. On defense Weckler has seven guys back. He wants them to be disciplined.

"We're going to be more of a bend and not break defense, but we want to stop teams from getting the big plays and scoring."

The Bucs have more depth than last yer. Their numbers are up from the 20s to 40 players on varsity. The Bucs could have what it takes to be a playoff team for the second straight year.
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