The North Stafford offensive line has found most of its glory this season in the numbers the other members of its team have produced: 1,414 rushing yards and 1,956 total yards in six games. That efficient offense has been a major part of the No. 16 Wolverines' perfect start this season.
"All we want to do is blow people off the ball," tackle Patrick Slebonick said. "We want to make holes, and we don't want to allow any sacks."
The powerful line comprises senior tackles Slebonick (a Virginia recruit) and Mike Quarles, senior guard Tony North (Virginia Tech), junior guards Patrick Green and Mark Tomeucci, senior center Billy Keating and senior tight end Scott Keeven.
That group has helped the Wolverines (6-0, 2-0 Virginia AAA Commonwealth District) score an average of 33 points per game heading into tonight's district showdown against last year's AAA Division 5 state runner-up Massaponax (6-1, 3-0) in Fredericksburg.
The game is one of the Wolverines' biggest since they finished 10-2 in 1999, when their only losses came against Division 5 champion Culpeper and Division 6 champion Hylton.
Last week in a 49-24 win over Culpeper, the Wolverines were without starting running back Kenny Randall, a junior who sprained his shoulder after gaining 649 yards in five games. The Wolverines' line opened the holes for his replacement, Justin Toney, who finished with 212 yards.
Randall is expected to play tonight.
"We still have that ability to throw the ball, we can still use that," Coach Eric Cooke said of his team's offense, which has shifted to a more run-based attack after years as a passing offense. "But you might as well run the ball when you've got 600 pounds of beef leading the way."
The biggest blockers are the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Slebonick and 6-4, 315-pound North, who along with 6-3, 325-pound defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson (Syracuse), have signed with Division I colleges for next season.
But the whole line is strong, with an average weight of 285 pounds. Slebonick and North are four-year starters, and Quarles, Keating and Keeven are two-year starters.
"We've all been working hard for a long time," North said. "This week's game is going to show us a lot about how good we really are."
Directions: Take I-95 South to the Massaponax Exit, 126A. Take a right at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 1. School will be on the left in approximately four miles.