Posted On: 07/30/18 5:29 AM

As a sophomore undersized offensive lineman, East Ridge's Nick Basten felt he was getting pushed around his first year playing varsity football. A year and thirty additional pounds and Basten has turned himself into one of the best blockers in the state. He is hoping to help his team rebound from a season that didn't end the way the two-year started wanted.

"We started out well last year," Basten recalled. "Then we slowly started going downhill a little bit. It wasn't what we all expected, but we learned from it and are ready to come back this year."

Coming out of the gate at 3-1, Basten felt a strong running game was one of the keys to the Raptors early season success.

"We had a good running game, and our defense was getting stops and not giving up big plays."

Starting on the offensive line for the second year, Basten saw a lot of improvement in his game during his second stint on varsity.

"I improved a lot from last year when I was 210 pounds playing right tackle. I was getting thrown around a little bit. This

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