Goshen's Derek DeMeyer won't be blinded by light shined on new offense

GHS quarterback back for a third season while Cameron Kline returns to halfback slot

Posted on Aug. 20, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

Kyle Park has returned to Goshen High School, and he’s bringing a grassroots approach to football with him.

Aug. 22 -- Carroll
Aug. 29 -- at Elkhart Central
Sept. 5 -- at Elkhart Memorial
Sept. 12 -- NorthWood
Sept. 19 -- at Concord
Sept. 26 -- at Warsaw
Oct. 3 -- Northridge
Oct. 10 -- Plymouth
Oct. 17 -- at Wawasee

The plan isn’t fancy, and he’s fine with that. The Redskins look to become a straight-ahead, grind-it-out team. A team that went winless a year ago and a program that has just 37 wins in the last 11 seasons needs simple, at least for now.

Leading the way will be Derek DeMeyer, who enters his third year at quarterback, and halfback Cameron Kline, who moved into the QB slot after DeMeyer hurt his shoulder late last fall. Park offers up three things to watch for in 2014:

New on Offense

"It’s completely different from what the players know. We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on what they did last year,” Park said. “From a personnel standpoint, Goshen didn’t play with a tight end, and we play with a tight end. They didn’t play with a fullback last year, but we play with a fullback.

"It’s a multi-set offense. We’ll a lot of the same things out of different looks. We are different than a lot of teams, not to say we don’t have spread formations, but ultimately, we run stuff that’s from a lot of teams now.”

Moving the Football

"With installing a brand new offense, reps are critical, but having a three-year starter like Derek DeMeyer helps. He knows he’s not bigger than the game,” Park said. “He won’t be blinded by the light. He has an understanding of the offense even though it’s still new to him. There will be growing pains. So we’ll lean heavily on Cameron Kline to carry the load. He ran the ball a lot last year and was pretty effective.

"We have to be more consistent in catching the ball and are becoming more of route technicians, knowing the fine details, as opposed to just running to an open area.”

Moving Up Front

"Our offensive line, I think, is one of our greatest strengths right now. They’re really jelled pretty quickly,” Park said. “We’ve got two starters back and one is in a different position. Nick Gerber is moving from center to right tackle, and we have Derek Paz at guard. We’ve got decent size, but more importantly, we’ve got guys who can move and get off the ball.

"We have to establish the line of scrimmage and we can’t be passive up front.”

Bill Beck is The Elkhart Truth sports editor. Follow him on Twitter @eTruthsports or @BillBeckTruth


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