CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -- Behind every great football team stands a group largely overlooked.
One that doesn't crave the highlights or headlines and is equally as important as their more flashy teammates.
The offensive line.
Central/Southeastern's success this fall is largely due to the group up front.
"That's a group that doesn't demand anything in terms of credit. They just go out and do their job every week," head coach Brad Dixon explained.
"We've rode them definitely for 11 wins."
Senior Jake Colclasure can't stress enough how critical the unit has been this fall.
"I think our line has been important to our success. It's a lot about obedience and driving through the ball and never stopping."
No matter the running back - Dalton Heubner, Doug Weese, or Bobby Keltz, the Panthers pack a consistent punch week in and week out.
"We take a lot of pride in our blocking," junior Eann Diller said.
"Whether we get the credit or not, we love our job."
According to Dixon, "In our two playoff wins it's been our offensive line, we've had drives of eight and nine minutes and really limited our opponents offensively. A lot of our defense comes down to what our offensive line guys have been able to do for the success we've had on defense."
Colclasure added: "When we're on the line there's no face to the defense. There's just a person across from us that no matter who it is, we have to block them, if they're big or small."
Now another challenge for the group in the trenches in a DuQuoin team which carries a nine game winning streak into Saturday's affair, and sports a defense giving up only 12 points a game this season.
"We can't really have a big key," senior Aaron Aschemann said.
"We just have to go up front like we have been every other game and be the best we can possibly be, and take it from there."
Dixon does worry about his opponent's depth.
"The difference between DuQuoin and most the teams we've played is most of their guys are one-way players. Offensively and defensively on the line they don't have any two-way players," he indicated.
"That's something we're going to have to understand and we've just got to keep playing in that fourth quarter."
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