Shoshone High School
Conference: 1AD1 Snake River Conference
Classification: 1A D1
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Head Coach: Michael Perry
Years as Head Coach: 5th Season
Previous Experience: 7 Years as Assistant
Record Last Year: 2-7
State Titles: None
Ethan Perry, QB/LB, 12
Nate Brady, OL/DL, 12
Korban Weaver, OL/DL, 12
Key Players lost from last year:
Cade Horn, OLB, leading tackler on defense
Alan Ramos, RB, spark both offensively and defensively when the Indians needed it
Incoming impact players:
Kolton Jones, OL/DL, 11
Written by: Sven Alskog
When you reside in arguably the toughest 1AD1 conference, there are plenty of challenges on a weekly basis. A resilient Shoshone football team has some pieces back to take those challenges head-on, but will have to rely on players in some unfamiliar roles in order to improve upon a 2-7 campaign last season.
A talent exodus did take great effect this offseason, including offensive line stalwart Mark Guzman and leading tackler Cade Horn. Running back Alan Ramos has also graduated, meaning even more of the load on offense will fall right into the arms and legs of senior quarterback Ethan Perry.
“We have a returning starter at quarterback and some up and coming players to fill in the holes of the departing seniors,” said Head Coach Michael Perry. “We will have to continue to improve on offense.”
He has a couple major focus areas where he would like to see that improvement come from.
“Consistency on every play. Improve in blocking from the line of scrimmage all the way down the field.”
If the Indians can accomplish that, it will give the team a lot more of an opportunity to stretch the field against some tough defensives on a weekly basis.
Two-way linemen Nate Brady and Korban Weaver will be relied upon for the bulk of making that happen on the offensive side of the ball, while defensively slowing down opposing run games and getting pressure on the quarterback will be the name of the game.
Junior Kolton Jones is another player to watch on both lines.
Defensively, it is a story of size.
“We will be small, but have a good group of kids returning that should fill in the holes that we lost last year,” said Perry.
The size story comes into effect in more ways than just the sheer size of the players on the field, Shoshone will also be battling numbers to a certain extent as well.
For the fifth year head coach, that creates what he considers the most exciting part about this team, the unknown.
“We will have a small team [as in numbers], but some of these players will have to set up in ways they have not been asked to in the past. I think these core players have a great opportunity to prove that they can succeed this year.”
Early in the season, gaining confidence will be paramount for the younger players on the roster. For the Indians to be successful this year, it’ll be up to players transitioning to new positions and to the varsity level.
“For us [the key] will be to stay healthy and gain some confidence in our early games,” said Perry. “The players need to gain the confidence that they can complete and if they do that we can have a successful season.”