Prep Football

Bass not worried about North Shelby squad loaded with sophomores

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 12, 2017 12:15 am

SHELBYVILLE, Mo. -- Last season was a historic one for the North Shelby football program.

In the Raiders first season in eight-man football, they had their first season with multiple victories since winning three games in 2009. North Shelby won its first district game since 2008 on the way to a 5-6 season.

"I think it completely validates the decision," North Shelby coach Seth Bass said. "I was obvious last year it was a decision that needed to be made. To pull the trigger on that was the best thing for us, and anytime you can give a program hope you can spark and ignite a lot of things."

That means North Shelby is wanting to go further this season.

"They want to do that again and take the next step to reach a district championship game," Bass said. "That's our expectation."

The Raiders will rely on a roster loaded with sophomores to get there. Of the 20 players on roster, 10 of them are sophomores. They'll be littered all over the field, too.

North Shelby graduates its top running backs in Shaughn Malcarne and Mason Perry, who both rushed for more than 900 yards and scored a combined 30 touchdowns. North Shelby's offense averaged 31.1 points per game last season.

That leaves the ball carrying duties to Dayton Mettes, Ethan Geisendorfer and even quarterback Mason Uhlmeyer in the Raiders' spread option offense.

The line on both sides of the ball will also feature sophomores like Carson Mesmer, but also upperclassmen like junior Bryant Gibbons.

A number of those sophomores saw playing time as freshmen.

"I think there were four our five freshmen last year that scored touchdowns," Mettes said. "That set the fire for us to want to come back out and play harder this year."

The Raiders believe that's an advantage this season.

"Last year's seniors did a really good job of taking pressure off the younger guys that were freshmen," Bass said. "It let them come along and by the end of the year they were ready to contribute. That can carry over this year when they step into new roles."

NORTH SHELBY: AT A GLANCE

Coach: Seth Bass (5-6 at North Shelby, second season)

2016 record: 5-6

Offense: Spread option

Defense: 3-3-2

Returning starters

Offense -- OL Carson Mesmer, 6-2, 210, Soph.; QB/RB Mason Uhlmeyer, 6-1, 175, Jr.; OL Bryant Gibbons, 5-10, 170, Jr.

Defense -- LB Gibbons; DT Mesmer; LB/DB Uhlmeyer

Other returning letterwinners

OL/DE Nick Miles, 5-10, 200, Jr.; RB Ethan Geisendorfer, 5-7, 155, Soph.; QB/DB Dayton Mettes, 6-1, 155, Soph.; DE/TE Elijah Greenwell, 6-1, 160, Soph.; DT/TE Gus Williams, 6-1, 160, Soph.; WR Joseph Pratt, 5-9, 138, Sr.

SCHEDULE

Aug. 18 at Northwest Hughesville

Aug. 25 Worth County

Sept. 1 at Norborne

Sept. 8 Braymer

Sept. 15 South Nodaway

Sept. 23 at Rock Port

Sept. 29 at Stanberry

Oct. 5 Kansas School for the Deaf

Oct. 14 at Greenfield

LAST TEN YEARS

Year Overall (Conf.) Coach

2016 5-6 Seth Bass

2015 1-9 (0-5) Todd Cripe

2014 0-10 (0-5) Todd Cripe

2013 0-10 (0-5) Todd Cripe

2012 0-10 (0-5) Josh Brummit

2011 0-10 (0-5) Josh Brummit

2010 0-10 (0-5) Josh Brummit

2009 3-7 (2-5) Terry Ahern

2008 8-4 (5-2) Terry Ahern

2007 3-7 (2-5) Terry Ahern

*--North Shelby moved to eight-man football in 2016

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