By Robert Przybylo
You can look at last year’s Deer Creek football season in a number of ways. Injuries derailed what could have been a promising season as the Antlers missed out on the playoffs.
Or you can view it like coach Grant Gower who sees it as all those injuries led to a lot of younger kids getting valuable playing time and learning how to play in a varsity setting.
Quarterback Alex Christensen would include himself in that group. He said last year was a tough adjustment, at times, as it was his first year playing steady on varsity.
The left-handed quarterback definitely went through his ups and downs but feels he is ready to roll this year.
He doesn’t have to do it by himself as RB Colten Sander, who might be a little under the radar right now, is finally 100 percent himself. Sander is an explosive talent and has that game-changing ability that was sorely lacking from the Antlers last year.
Defensively, it all starts with Isaiah Byrd. He was, yep, banged up as well last year. Byrd had a phenomenal sophomore year and should return to form this year.
Saw Christensen on Saturday, and he nearly scared me. He has put on so much weight since wrestling. He told me he’ll most likely be wrestling at heavyweight this year. He’s so big that Christensen is probably going to see some time at linebacker.
Replacing Garrett Sullivan and Cale Coshow on the offensive line is not going to be easy. But Deer Creek fans have reasons to smile.
I’ll be out at Antlers practice Tuesday morning.