Donna O-Line Learning on the Go
DONNA – It all starts with the offensive line. For the Donna Redskins, that means going over the basics.
“We’re trying to keep it as simple as possible so they can get some success and slowly build off of it,” said Donna head coach Ramiro Leal. “Trying to keep it as basic as we can and keep our play selection to a minimum.”
Donna is fielding a brand new offensive line this season. Only a couple of their linemen have varsity experience. A few were bumped up from last year’s freshman team.
“There’s been a lot of guys stronger, faster, bigger than me,” says Donna sophomore tackle Anthony Ynosencio. “It’s tough. We just got to communicate more. We just need to talk more and be on the same page.”
“We got to work as a team,” said Donna junior center Ryan Perales. “It’s kind of been hard. So we’ve been practicing with our communication. The good thing is that we have speed.”
“We look at it as just give them time you know, “said Donna junior tight end Julian Diaz. “Get them to what we got to do, you know. Just get the job done and see what goes on from there. Just got to give it 100 percent. Give it our perfect effort.”
In spite of their youth, Donna has won two of its first three games.
“Second game we were down 20-0,” said Leal. “In the second half we came back and scored 24 unanswered points. I think that was a big turning point. The kids started believing and executing a lot better. In the third game, it’s starting to progress.”
The Redskins open district play Friday against Mercedes.