Offensive linemen are the pack mules of football; for teams to accomplish their goal of advancing the football down the field, the linemen have to do their jobs on every play, you can't take off on even one play lest a defender slip in and make a sack or big tackle for loss.
They go about their jobs, understanding that they will seldom be making the headlines. However, there are exceptions and earlier this season Lawton High School's Ryne Yost enjoyed the ultimate thrill of a lineman he scored a touchdown.
When a Wolverine teammate fumbled deep in MacArthur territory, Yost alertly pounced on the ball in the end zone to give the Wolverines their first points in what proved to be a 28-15 victory that clinched the city championship.
"That was really exciting, not just that play but beating them and winning the city championship," Yost said. "That is always something you think about, scoring, but usually we just get to open the holes for the runners so they can score. That was really fun, getting to score."
And while that is a play that is getting a good deal of hype among the LHS players and students, what he did last week against Altus is really going viral around campus.
The 6-5, 285-pound senior, twice sent Altus defenders literally flying off their feet with powerful blocks that opened huge holes for his backs. Seeing the play at full speed at last week's game was one thing; seeing the replays were simply amazing as he indeed got Altus defenders airborne and on their backs twice for impressive pancake blocks.
"He literally knocks this defensive end off his feet on that counter," LHS head coach Randy Breeze said. "Then we come back and run 45-Inside and he just plants a linebacker and Wojo (DeJuan Wojciechowski) goes 37 yards for touchdown without being touched.