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Loyal Lancers look to lead turnaround

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Loyal Lancers look to lead turnaround

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED August 23, 2012 1:48 a.m.

Through each peak and every valley, Brennan Koeller and Joshua Byrd have remained Lancers.

They haven’t lost sight of their goals and remain loyal to the school and its football program.

East Union will look to the pair to provide consistent productivity on both sides of the football, yet will be as dependent on the pair’s leadership as they will be their play.

“My role out here is to be a leader,” Byrd said. “I just want to try and show the guys we need to keep that intensity up; to come out and lead this pack. For our defensive linemen, we want to be the meanest off the ball and one of the hardest groups to go after.”

Both Byrd and Koeller played integral parts in head coach Willie Herrera’s inaugural season last year, yet realize their roles and demands have intensified for their senior season. After putting forth the commitment for four years, through two program heads and way more losses than wins, they feel now is their time.

“It means a lot to me to be out here,” Koeller said. “I’ve been around this program for as long as I can remember being in this town and it’s great to be a part of it on its incline.  It would have been nice for it to happen earlier, but senior year is better than never.”

Koeller made his varsity debut during the Lancers last postseason berth when the team hosted eventual Sac-Joaquin Section champion Del Oro to close the 2010 season. Byrd has seen his Lancer career turn 180 degrees, going from a player holding self-doubt to one of the club’s undoubted leaders.

Byrd will be a clog in the Lancers defensive line and will play up and down East Union’s offensive line. Koeller, who played predominantly on the offensive line a season ago, will get touches out of the backfield in the spread offense and also help the Lancer linebacking core.

“I’m ready to come out her my senior year and play with no regrets,” Koeller said. “If people don’t know who we are in the VOL they will know, and they’ll remember East Union football when we are done.”

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