COLUMBUS, Neb. – The Scotus Shamrocks broke out the full pads for the first time this year on Friday and Head Coach Tyler Linder says his team was eager to get their football pants dirty.
“They got brand new white ones, so they’re pretty excited,” says Linder.
Scotus has a fresh group of seniors this season, after losing some of their core talent in last year’s 6-4 campaign. Despite the losses, the program with three state championships has the same goals in mind, going 1-0 and winning the district title.
After the first week of practice, Linder says they’re on their way.
“They’re setting a great tone at practice and the work ethic has been great, so we’re off and running it’s been a great first week,” says Linder.
The team is led up front by Brandon Huynh and Wren Allen, with players like Matt Strecker, Logan Mueller, Tyler Palmer and Eric Mustard carrying the rock behind them.
“We’ve got a lot of speed so we’re going to look at a lot of perimeter stuff, but we got a great group of fullbacks that also bang it in the middle, so our running game is kind of our staple,” says Linder.
While the team may have lofty expectations for 2017, such as making another run in the playoffs after an unceremonious exit in 2016, they have plenty to do before their week one matchup against Wayne.
“We’ve got to perfect ourselves, if we get really good at we know we can do and make other teams adjust to that, we’re going to be a very dangerous football team,” says Linder.
The Shamrocks will host Wayne at 7 p.m. on August 25th.