Sibert leading way for Central’s offensive line

Central's Alex Sibert pursues Clarke County's Hunter Rodgers during their game on Sept. 23. Sibert is the only senior on the offensive line, and is also one of the team's top tacklers. Rich Cooley/Daily file

WOODSTOCK — Alex Sibert knows that offensive lineman don’t get a lot of glory, but that’s just fine with the Central senior.

Sibert, who plays at right guard, said he knows his teammates are well aware of how important the offensive line is to the team.

“Everybody here knows that’s why we win games — the offensive line,” Sibert said. “So obviously it’s a dirty job, but it’s got to be done.”

Sibert said he’s been playing on the offensive line most of his playing career, and he enjoys it. He said he takes a lot of pride when rushing touchdowns are scored, especially if it was his block that helped pave the way.

“If a touchdown’s right beside you and you open up a hole for it, you definitely get a good feeling,” Sibert said. “The backs always thank you for it, so you get real excited for it.”

Sibert has helped pave the way for Central’s 2,493 rushing yards, which is the second most in the area and only 2 yards behind Sherando.

Central has a very young offensive line with Sibert being the only senior along with a junior and the rest are sophomores.

Sibert, who has started on the offensive line for three years, said that last year’s experience helped him to be able to work with young guys this season.

“It kind of helped last year, because we didn’t really have a lot of starting experience on the offensive line,” Sibert said. “And I knew our assignments pretty good, so I got used to having to tell people you get this, you got this. This year obviously with no other seniors I pretty much got to tell the guys around me what to do every play just to make sure. I’m sure they know, but you want to make sure things go smoothly.”

Central coach Mike Yew said Sibert is a big key to their offensive line.

“He just gets off the ball so well,” Yew said. “He’s not real tall. I don’t know if that’s good, bad or indifferent. But he moves well for a kid that’s shorter and stocky. When he wants to he can really get off the ball quick and get under people.”

Sibert is also a key player on Central’s defensive line. He is third on the team with 61 tackles, including 19 solo. He said he enjoys playing on defense even more than offense.

Sibert also has two sacks for the Falcons, and said getting a sack is always a special feeling.

“It’s like a tackle times four or five,” Sibert said. “You get way more excited. All your teammates surround you, because it’s a big play.”

The Falcons are 8-2 and host Bluestone in the first round of the playoffs Friday.

Sibert said he’s happy with the way the team is playing heading into the postseason.

“I love where we’re at,” Sibert said. “We had a really good focus (this week). A lot of teaching, but we were focused. Everybody’s kind of just taking it to the next level now that we’re in the playoffs.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com