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Earle returns several key skill position players

EARLE, AR (KAIT) -

Earle loses 13 seniors and four starting offensive linemen heading into 2015. But the Bulldogs will return the two biggest keys to their offensive.

All-State senior running back Richard Merritt returns after rushing for more than 1,800 yards in 2014 including 518 in playoff wins over Parkers Chapel, Magnet Cove, and Brinkley.

But perhaps the biggest key is sophomore sensation Gerry Bohanon at quarterback. The dual-threat quarterback accounted for close to 2,500 total yards in 2014. Head football coach Albert Coleman says he's only continued to improve, specifically when it comes to passing the ball.

But stats only begin to describe the importance that Bohanon brings for his team. "You know he's one of the first kids that comes to me: Coach can I get a key to the weight room? Coach can you open up the weight room? He's going to be in the weight room. He's going to be on the field when my team breaks down and we're done out here he's going to be in the weigh room working in the interior," Coleman said. "Our quarterback he keeps us going when say we get down. He'll come back and keep us where we need to be," junior linebacker/offensive lineman Fred Williams said.

Earle has reached two straight state semifinals, but want to go even further this year. "To win the conference and win state. Because everyone's doubting us and think we're not going to be too good because we lost too many seniors so we expect to win it all," Bohanon said.

Earle starts its season at home against Hazen on September 4th.

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