Catch me if you can
SHERIDAN – The 2014 Sheridan High School football team is imbalanced.
Four seniors occupy positions of leadership and influence, six freshmen are hoping to make the grade and a slew of juniors and sophomores make up the rest of the 36-man Spartans’ roster.
“We’re not the biggest, we’re not the fastest, we don’t have a lot of people out,” Sheridan coach Brice Ingram said. “But the kids we do have are committed and dedicated, I think.
“I think we have a decent line. Our skill positions are getting better. It’s just (improving the) more time we spend together.”
Coming off a 3-6 season in 2013 (2-4 Class 3A West Valley League) the Spartans lost seven offensive starters. The lack of experience hits Sheridan hardest in the passing game, where a new quarterback and two new starters at receiver will be broken in.
“We don’t have the size, but we’ve got the speed,” senior running back/defensive back Andrew Glynn said.
Speed figures to be Sheridan’s calling card in 2014. Glynn and fellow seniors Justin Acuff and Dominique Card take command of the backfield; all three can turn on the jets. Card takes the reins at quarterback after playing running back in 2013.
“It’s been crazy, but it’s been fun,” Card said. “You learn fast.”
On the line, the Spartans weathered the growing pains of Noah Boatright, who started for Sheridan as a freshman, and Kody Andreas. Both will factor heavily in the Spartans’ 2014 plans; fellow returning starter Jason Hasslen adds more varsity experience.
Sheridan has not made the OSAA Class 3A state playoffs since 2010, and the Spartans see a playoff berth as an attainable goal in a deep league. The way forward is clear as Sheridan continues its fall camp.
“The four of us seniors,” Glynn said, “need to step up and help out the younger guys.”