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High school football:

Lack of depth may hurt Legacy’s chase for a 2nd playoff appearance

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Legacy football players Lamarus Williams, Chris Campbell, Randy Ricks and Joe Murray Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Legacy Coach Dave Snyder Jr.

Legacy coach Dave Snyder Jr. talks about the upcoming 2012 high school football season

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Bishop Gorman football players Marquis Hunkin, Tajon Allen and Jamir Tillman Thursday, July 26, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Coming off a 4-5 season, Legacy High coach David Snyder is confident he has the starting players to make a run at the school’s second-ever playoff appearance.

Trouble is, if too many of those starters go down to injuries or underperform, there’s not a lot of depth on the Legacy roster.

“The drop-off after (first string) is pretty significant,” Snyder said.

The two ways that won’t hurt the Longhorns this year are as follows: the back-ups make big strides between now and the end of the year, or the first string guys deliver on their potential without falling victim to injuries.

Those guys include linebacker/tight end Randy Ricks, offensive/defensive lineman Chris Campbell and running back/linebacker Lamarus Williams, who Snyder said will play a significant role out of the backfield.

Ricks, a member of the All-Sun preseason team, has interest from schools like Nebraska and Oklahoma and offers from San Diego State and Utah State, according to Rivals.com. He, Campbell and Williams will be key in determining how far Legacy can go this year.

“We hope to make a run and go as far as we can,” Snyder said. “Obviously (Bishop) Gorman is in the way of everything. We’re going to give it everything we’ve got.”

Snyder said the most difficult thing about being in Gorman’s division is possibly having to take down the Gaels not once, but twice. That’s a difficult task for any team, especially one searching for performers on the two-deep depth chart.

Still, that’s the road ahead for Legacy. Snyder is running an I-formation offense and a 3-5 defensive set. Some of the pieces are in place for a playoff run, but with so many talented teams in the new Southwest division it’s likely going to take a few standout performances from the guys currently buried on the roster.

Whether those kids step up will likely determine Legacy’s success not only this season, but in the next few years to come.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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