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Football: Norco is changing its offense

August 22, 2010 | 12:53 pm

Norco, the school that produced Toby Gerhart and has been running the ball effectively for years, is changing its offense this season.

Coach Todd Gerhart, Toby's father, went to Utah to watch the Utes' offensive schemes, and Norco will be using its quarterback out of a shotgun formation this season with only one running back, Stanford commit Kelsey Young. In the past, Norco has used three running backs and only two receivers.

The quarterback also will be asked to run the ball. Coltin Gerhart, a 6-foot, 200-pound freshman who is the last of the Gerhart boys, will share duties at quarterback early in the season with junior Shane Truelove.

"We want to spread people out of the box," Todd Gerhart said. "We're considering our quarterback in the running game now."

We'll get an early look at Norco's new offense when its game against Crenshaw on Sept. 10 is televised.

-- Eric Sondheimer