Cantrell, Experience Brings High Expectations For Roland

The 2014 season has the potential to be one of the best in school history at Roland and no surprise that Austin Cantrell is the reason for the lofty goals.

Cantrell, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end/defensive end, has committed to play at Arkansas next season and it’s his work ethic that has his team impressed.

“He works hard every day,” quarterback Manuel Bunch said. “He doesn’t just goof off and take it easy on the guys. He really coaches and helps the young kids too.”

“We’re going to move him around a lot of positions and that’s going to put the defenses and the offensive coordinators on the opponent’s team in a position where they’re going to have to cover up,” Roland coach Jeff Streun said.

Cantrell has already broken the school’s career sack record but he said it’s the simple things that will lead to a successful campaign.

“We’ve got to stick to the game plan and stick to the fundamentals that you’re taught in practice,” Cantrell said.  “Work hard in practice. Just listen to your coaches.”

Despite Cantrell stealing the headlines and the attention, the Rangers have plenty of weapons at their disposal. Bunch returns at quarterback and gives the Rangers a duel threat option.

“The thing I like about this football team is we challenged them on day two when we were tired and sore, we had a much better, much improved day overall,” Streun said.

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