If the Columbus North offensive line has learned one lesson this season, it’s never look back.
Performing for a team that always has prided itself on its running game, the Bull Dogs’ offensive front never has had a running back settle into his job.
First it was senior Jesse Tompkins, who was knocked off course by injury and illness. Then it was senior Jamaal Halliburton, who moved from the defensive secondary to tailback to help out. All Halliburton did was rush for 292 yards and five touchdowns in a victory against Perry Meridian.
Unfortunately, Halliburton suffered a high ankle sprain the next week, so it was sophomore Josh Holt’s turn, and Jonathan Byers started to pitch in, as well.
Then, in the first round of sectionals, Tompkins made it back from a separated shoulder to lead North to victory against Whiteland. But when the Bull Dogs showed up for their second-round win against Franklin Central, Tompkins was ill.
So it’s safe to say that North’s offensive linemen really aren’t sure who will be running behind them tonight when they travel to heavily favored Center Grove at 7 p.m.
“As an offensive line, our mental outlook all year has been that the team goes as we go,” said North offensive tackle Thomas Shoaf. “As long as we get the job done, the back’s job is easier.”
Bull Dogs offensive guard Luis Cambron said the linemen just have to concentrate on doing their job.