SHELBY – Five games into the prep football season and the Shelby Coyotes still hold an unblemished record. The team continues to fly under the radar – which is fine with them, they have already proven themselves on some big stages – including Washington Grizzly Stadium.
“It was awesome because you look around and realize this is probably the biggest stage you’ll get to play with your own guys at the high school level,” said running back and linebacker Colt Pederson. “It was unreal.”
“They’ve seen it, read about it and dreamt about it their whole lives as far as Washington Grizzly and what it’s all about,” said Coyotes’ coach Mike White. “Setting foot down there, walking through the tunnel, that was all great, but the best part was getting a win out of it. That’s what these kids went over there to do.”
If you remember, the Shelby boys basketball team made a surprising run through the Northern B Division a year ago, qualifying for the state tournament. Many of those athletes suit up for White’s football program, leading the team to set lofty goals at the beginning of the year.
“We knew we were going to have a good group of seniors this year and we knew exactly what we would be able to do,” Pederson said. “We knew we had high expectations and goals and I think we’re on the right track right now.”
“We just wanted to do better than we did the last few years,” said quarterback and safety Aaron White. “We have upperclassmen this year and we haven’t had that the last couple years. It’s our goal to go 1-0 each week and that’s what we live by.”
Shelby (5-0, 1-0) plays host to Choteau this weekend and could be on the fast-track to a 6-0 start. The Coyotes live by the old cliché, ‘One game at a time,’ but by breaking things down, sometimes even quarter by quarter, the success continues to compile.
“We just look to improve each week, whether it’s the defensive side, the offensive side or all phases of the game,” said the elder White. “We take it week by week, game by game.”
“That’s helping a lot for us,” added the quarterback. “We just worry about one game each week, what we’re supposed to do after planning for each game and we go out there and do what we do.”