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Gridiron Preview: North Shelby

In 2018, just North Shelby’s third year playing 8-man football they made a loud and clear statement, finishing over .500 for the first time at 7-4 including four 40 plus point victories.

Head Coach Seth Bass said that, “I think it’s a testament to our kids work ethic.

They’e really bought in to what I’ve done in the four years that I’ve been here and they’ve really embraced 8-man football. 8-man football’s been a blessing for us.”

With their feet now firmly planted as an 8 man program to be taken seriously, the Raiders bring back 11 starters, including five from an offense that scored nearly 40 points per game last season.

That mixed with their depth from a growing program will make for more than a few Raider highlights this season.

Senior quarterback Dayton Mettes said that, “We’re pretty salty on offense and we got a lot of fast guys and we got a lot of big guys up front so offense is going to be key to us.

We’re going to be fast paced this year and move the ball quick. As fast as we can pretty much.”

Bass added that, “Our offensive line and defensive line is very deep and very strong and pretty athletic.

Our skill positions are great. We’re very good at the quarterback position with Dayton.

We’re just loaded across the board for an 8-man team.”

With two postseason victories in the last three years, the Raiders progress has come fast, but being content isn’t what’s gotten the Raiders to this point and it won’t be what takes them further.

Mettes said, “Well our hope is to win a state championship and we’re going to try our best to go all the way and we’re not going to stop at one playoff win.”

Senior Elijah Greenwel said, “Well now that we’ve shown what we can do I think it’s very important that we keep working hard out here because that’s what got us there last year and from what I’ve seen from this group it’s very promising.”

North Shelby opens up the season Friday, August 30th against WACO.

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David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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