BERTHOLD - Strong gusts of wind made throwing the ball brutally difficult for Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer's on Wednesday morning.
While Bombers quarterbacks and wide receivers tried to combat the weather in seven-on-seven drills, the offensive linemen worked on an inside-run drill, blocking for junior running back Mitchell White.
If things go according to plan for Bombers coach George Duenas, the boys up front will be doing a lot more run blocking in 2012 than the sprint-out pass protection they worked on earlier in the practice.
Lewis & Clark-Our Redeemer’s lineman Joey Peterson blocks teammate Tyrel Mollerud during an inside-run drill Wednesday at Berthold High School.
"That's our mentality this year," the second-year coach said. "Our goal is to run the ball 100 percent of the time. ... That's unrealistic. But we will be running the ball a lot."
LCOR runs a pistol offense, which is a hybrid of the shotgun and single-back formations. It places junior quarterback Chris Olson three and a half yards behind center with White a few yards behind him.
Duenas was a left guard in a shotgun offense at San Joaquin Delta College (Calif.) before transferring to Minot State University, where he played in 2009 and 2010. He said he implemented the pistol because it allows his team to use its speed more than it would in a traditional shotgun.
"Coach D pushes us pretty good," senior center Cole Zimmerman said. "I don't think he misses a play. ... He's smart. He knows his O-line stuff."
The Bombers return five linemen that saw significant playing time together a year ago, when LCOR went 5-4 and lost 61-20 to Belfield-South Heart in the first round of the playoffs.
Senior left guard Logan Gunderson said the experience the line got last year has been beneficial.
"We just kinda feel where each other are blocking and we just kinda know each other and how the other one is going to handle a blitz or whatever," Gunderson said. "And we just know who's going to take what and just feel the blocks together."
Said Duenas: "They're looking good. They're starting to build up their mentality, you know getting back into the swing of things. They're getting a little groove on."
Duenas instituted the team's first summer weightlifting program this year. The Bombers did squats, clean lifts and bench presses among other exercises to get ready for early practices and the season.
"Everything this year is going to be physical," Zimmerman said.