It's no secret Melbourne likes to run the ball. In 2015 the Bearkatz plan to have a running back committee lead its offense. Kyle Minyard, Andrew Williams, and Shawn Burgelbaugh all will get carries. The running backs are talented, but it all starts with the big offensive line for Melbourne. "Well we're pretty big. We've got a lot of guys over six foot. We take people off the ball. That's pretty much all it takes really," Caleb Myers, Melbourne senior left tackle and nose guard said. "We're a run team. We like to hit you in the face and drive it down your throat," senior right tackle and defensive tackle Jonathan Medina said. "We have to be able to run the ball. We gotta be able to come off the ball and hit people in the face. Shove it down their throat," Jon Adams, senior wide receiver and cornerback said.
Head coach Kevin McCarn praises the intelligence and accuracy of his quarterback Clay Harris, but also believes the key to his team is the running game. "We have big guys up front. You know we preach it. We preach it daily. We're not trying to fool anybody. We're going to line up and run the football at you," McCarn said.
The Bearkatz finished 9-3 in 2014, but that was still only tied for third best in the competitive 3-3A. Melbourne lost to conference rival Osceola in the second round of the playoffs. This year the team has bigger goals. "We set goals at our senior retreat. We wanted to win ten conference games, we wanted to win a conference championship, make round three of the playoffs," Adams said. "Our goal is to go to the third round of the playoffs, win 10 games and get conference champions," Media said. "Hopefully to win conference. That's probably the main goal. Get pretty far into the playoffs. We've been there a few times. We want to get further. Definitely the goal's to get better and better," Myers said. "The kids told you the goals. My goal every day is to get better. We don't worry so much about what everybody else does. I'm worried more about Melbourne than anybody we play," McCarn said.
Melbourne starts its season on September 4th at Yellville.
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