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Cardoza: Dynamic duo leads Siegfried to No. 1 seed

Andrew Cardoza | Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The best dynamic duo in interhall football this year is pretty clear. Junior David Whitmore and senior Will Gesicki account for more than 70 percent of Siegfried’s total offense. The pair account for about 175 yards of offense per game, which leads the league.

Looking at it from another perspective, Gesicki and Whitmore each produce more yards from scrimmage than the total offense of some other teams in the league. These two running backs work hard in practice and tribute their success to coaching and the team.

“We always come out ready to play every Sunday,” Gesicki said. “We know what we have to do to be successful and we build off each other as a team every game.”

Gesicki and Whitmore have each individually contributed to the Ramblers’ success. When one does not have a strong game, the other picks up the slack for his teammate. More importantly, the two feed off each other.

“Having an elite back like Will just makes my job easier,” Whitmore said. “It allows me to get rest when I need it and also keeps our offense more sharp and fresh.”

The continuity of the two has led the Ramblers to a 4-0 season and a No. 1 seed. Whitmore helped to rally the Ramblers on Sunday over Duncan (1-3) when he rushed for 54 yards on a final 70-yard drive and capped it off with the game-winning touchdown with 31 seconds remaining.

The two backs credit their success on the field to their offensive line.

“Our job is so much easier because the offensive line creates gaps in the formation,” Whitmore said. “We just bounce out and pick up the blocks, but it was all created by the [offensive] line.”

The core of the offensive line consists of four sophomores and one junior. They knew they had to play well down the stretch to keep the Ramblers’ season in perfection.

“We know what out job is out there,” junior offensive lineman Antonio Renteria said. “We need to protect our backs and give them space to find the holes.”

The ultimate goal remains winning in the playoffs, which seems likely for a balanced Siegfried attack. Opponents better be aware of the duo or it could be a long offseason.