KEZI Two-A-Days: Sheldon Irish

After having two games canceled due to COVID-19 last season the Irish aren't taking anything for granted in 2021-22.

Posted: Aug 21, 2021 11:15 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2021 11:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Sheldon football isn’t taking anything for granted this season.

“The kids are excited about the opportunity to play nine games and maybe a few more after that,” head coach Josh Line said.
The Irish had its first two games canceled due to COVID-19 last season.

“I’ve always had football,” lineman Tilman Ritchie-Tuisue said. “Going through my younger ages it has always been there and it was never taken away. To have it taken away was kind of surprising. I didn’t really believe it at first.”

The team didn’t get much time on the field together.

Sheldon finished the season 2-2 with a lot of unanswered questions.

“Our kids were still learning at the end of the season,” Line said. “There was a lot that we weren’t able to get solidified. I think we’re getting close.”

The Irish will lean on the upperclassmen leadership from returning starting quarterback Brock Thomas.

“Coach Line has been preaching that I need to be a better leader to everyone,” Thomas said. “It just helps out with the whole team. It makes everyone better.”

Sheldon isn’t expected to be ranked as high as previous seasons. Line relishes being under-the-radar.

“The position that we’re in is unusual,” Line said. “But we’ve never really worried about what people think we’re going to be or not. We just worry about ourselves and each individual opportunity that’s in front of us.”

Sheldon opens the season on September 3rd at Glencoe.

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