LATHAM, N.Y. – The Shaker High School quarterback feels pretty good about the upcoming season with nearly a full year of starting experience under his belt and the sting of a sectional championship loss fresh on his mind.
Matt Woods made the most out of his snaps as a junior, and head coach Greg Sheeler said the job is the senior’s to lose this season.
“Yeah, he’s an outstanding leader for us, and he’s one of our toughest kids both mentally and physically,” Sheeler said. “So to have that kid calling the plays and having the ball in his hands on every play is a very special thing for our group, and we’re going to lean on him.”
It’s a vote of confidence from his coach, but the quarterback is self-motivated.
“I take a lot of pride in what I had last year, but also I want to build off of that,” Woods said. “I don’t want to come into this year riding on last year because, to be honest, last year doesn’t mean anything. It’s a new year; new team.”
There are also a lot of new guys, so as a senior, it’s time for Woods to step up even more as a leader – a role he’s already embraced.
“I still see myself as a leader as I was last year,” he said. “Just it elevates a little more because I have to add those younger guys on my back and guide them through.”
“For him to have his senior year, we’re really going to follow this lead, and he’s gonna be a big part of what we do.”
The season opens with a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. The Blue Bison hosting Christian Brothers Academy – the team that ended their season.