By Jeremy McDonald
SHERIDAN, Ore.– This might be the year that Sheridan’s Gavin Anderson will turn it to another level.
The incoming Spartan senior took over the quarterback duties from Kaden Eggers and Elliot Henley midway through his sophomore season as Sheridan reached the 2A State playoffs for the second year-in-a-row, going 6-3 on the year in 2019.
After a bumpy junior campaign as Sheridan navigated through the covid-shortened season, Head Coach Will Worley has noticed that Anderson has stepped up to the challenge this off-season entering the Willamina Jamboree next week.
“Last year wasn’t exactly what Gavin or us wanted from him and I think he understood that. He’s taken command of the huddle and things are starting to click, we have discussions constantly about his role as a quarterback and he’s the team leader. He’s out there, he’s the man in the huddle, he’s to get everyone calm,” Worley said. “It’s that buy-in for him and he’s shown some maturity which is nice to see.”
It was a growing season back in March for the Sparts, who went 1-5 on the year. After losing 11 seniors from their 2019 playoff team, it was a growing season as they look to their returnees this year.
Jon Crawford and Jordan Brace each played both ways as freshmen. They got height at receiver with Randy Gibson, one of several two-way starters along with Wyatt Napier, Caden VanScoyk and James Haas for Sheridan’s senior-laced team this season.
Anderson stepped in with the back-ups during practice, playing the wing-position in Sheridan’s offense Tuesday morning, providing reps and getting different perspectives of the game entering next week’s jamboree.
“It was really fun and we didn’t have a sub so I was like ‘hey I’ll go out there and get some reps’ and it’s nice to keep my brain fresh at every position. It was fun and it was nice to play with the younger guys too, just to be out there with them,” Anderson said, who will also play linebacker this year.
“We know we have that capability to be that team, it’s just finding that spark and everyone has to buy-in to the program and be here to put the work in.”
The next two weeks will be big in terms of bringing it all together though. Through the summer workouts around summer school, a few days into practice, everyone is gelling together with the jamboree in Willamina next week and their season-opener at home against Bandon in September on the horizon.
“I think our comradery is really good, we’re gelling really well together and it’s just nice,” Worley said. “In terms of Varsity-guys, we got a lot out, which is good. It should help because of the young guys playing important positions.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald