Preseason report: Conroe Oak Ridge

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As we head into the 2009 season, fans of the Conroe Oak Ridge football program may see a few new things. Sure there will be a new faces due to graduation, but the dynamic of the War Eagles will be a slight bit different also.

Of course, coach Bob Barrett can break it down much better.

"What we saw this spring was that we'll be a little bit faster than we have been in the past, but we'll also be a smaller ball club this year," Barrett said. "So we plan to do a few things different this year to make up for the lack of size we are used to having. But the good things is that we know our kids will get after it."

And that alone could be one of the factors that propelled the War Eagles into postseason play in 2008. Finishing 4-6 was obviously not the initial plans, but that playoff experience will help down the road.

Starting in 2009.

"Last season was a good year. We didn't win quite as many ball games as we would have wanted, but we did get to the playoffs, which was our primary goal," Barrett said. "We want that again and it is always a goal to be playing in Week 11. We want to build on that so that we can now win playoff games, and that is what we have not done.

"You know we have some talented skilled players, and some have experience. Hopefully that, and their leadership, will carry us down the stretch."

The returning skilled players Barrett is likely referring to are: quarterback Ryan Cyr and running backs Fredie Dotson and Torian Oakley. Cyr threw for over 1,200 yards while Dotson and Oakley each had over 500 rushing yards.

Also, be on the look out for another running back in Michael Handy, who is only a sophomore. 

On the line, the War Eagles lost a large part of their starting line. But Barrett is confident that the guys who stepped in will get the job done.

"We feel good about a lot of our skilled kids returning, in our secondary and on offense," Barrett said. "We had a lot of work to do on the offensive line having to replace four of five starters, but some guys really stepped up and hopefully that will carry us into the season. That was a concern for us this spring."

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