South Walton has its own beefed up five guys, and we're not talking the burger joint — we're talking about “the hogs” that make up the offensive line.
Week after week, the five young men that make up the O-line have made a way for the Seahawks to move the ball up and down the field for a 4-2 mark on the season thus far.
"They take pride in being hogs," said South Walton Seahawk Coach Phil Tisa.
The quintet manning the O-line are seniors Mitchell Missroon and Silas Mosco, juniors Caleb Kinneman and Cooper Isacks, and freshman Cole Wickman.
"Their work speaks for itself," Tisa said. "When you consider we ran for over 200 yards and passed for more than 300 yards, that tells you right there that those guys up front are doing that job to make it happen."
Just last Friday night against Cottondale, South Walton passed for 316 yards and rushed for 212 in the 54-26 win over the Hornets.
"They made a pact this summer that they were going to stay after practice every day and run as a group so they could get in extra conditioning … so they would be in good shape," Tisa said. "That says a lot about their work ethic."
And the group that averages about 205 pounds across the line doesn't mind the work and love their job.
"My job is to protect my quarterback, and protect my other teammates on the field," said the 225-pounder Missroon. Starting at right guard, this is the third year for the 6-foot-3 Missroon to play for the Seahawks.
The hardest part of our job is "lining up against 300-pound guys weekly," said Isacks, who weighs in at 210. However, the 6-foot-2 center is no stranger to the gridiron, having played in the South Walton youth league and varsity for two years at South Walton.
But they are not intimidated.
"I like busting some heads," said Mosco, who stands 6-foot-1 at right tackle and weighs 190 pounds. This is Mosco's third year to play football and first at South Walton having moved to the area from Jacksonville. And he loves being a Seahawk. "It's amazing … it's awesome."
For the only freshman on the O-line, Wickman says, "It's one of the hardest positions to play, but I love it. I like hitting." Although this is the first year for the 5-foot-9, 185-pound left guard to play for the Seahawks, he's played rec league for about eight years.
Kinneman, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, is no stranger on the gridiron having played four years, and two years varsity.
"I like it when someone scores a touchdown and I know that it was because of us they scored that touchdown," said Kinneman, who plays left tackle.
Although they all have their positions on the line, they work as a group.
"We're definitely play as a unit," said Missroon. "This is family.”
"We're a wall," Isacks said.
"It's all about the trench," Mosco added.
"We play in the trenches," all five chimed in.
And they wouldn't trade their position for nothing.
"We absolutely love it," they all said. "We Do What We Do."
"We worry about what we do, not about what everybody else does," Isacks said.
"WDWWD … that's it," Kinneman said.
And the goal of the five guys for the season is the playoffs.