Indian River showing commitment to season

Indian River’s Nicholas Angelo is on of four halfbacks on the roster. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

DAGSBORO — The Indian River High football squad faced a couple of issues during its one-win campaign in 2017.

The Indians won their first game of the season — a 21-20 upset of Glasgow — before dropping nine in a row to finish the campaign with a 1-9 record.

IR battled through injuries and was unable to keep up the commitment and dedication to the team through its nine-game losing streak.

According to Indians’ coach Phil Townsend, this year’s players haven’t had any problems with commitment to the team so far this preseason. IR opens the season by hosting Glasgow on Friday at 7 p.m.

“The kids know that we’re better than how we performed last year, they know we’re a better team than what we showed last year,” Townsend said.

“They know it and they’re hungry, so this off-season one of the things we talked about as a staff is having kids who are committed. That’s been our main focus — ‘Are you committed or are you interested?’ A kid who is committed is going to come to everything, while a kid who is interested is going to show up when he wants to show up.”

So far, the commitment has shown through in practice said Townsend.

“Practice has been great so far,” he said. “We were able to get eight practices in before our first scrimmage and the kids started out committed from the first day. This group of kids I have is very committed, we have a strong group this year, so it’s been really fun.”

Earlier this week Townsend announced his five team captains for the season: Seniors Reshawn Turner and Zach Schultz and juniors Richard Rybicki, Thomas Moore and Ramond Turner.

After impressing in Friday night’s scrimmage, it looks like senior Ian Shaner is poised to win the starting quarterback job for the opener.

“Ian Shaner has kind of stepped in and taken over and right now so far, so good,” Townsend said. “He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he had a very positive scrimmage against Stephen Decatur on Friday.”

Sophomore Tyler Bowen is still in the picture for playing time at QB.

Townsend likes IR’s depth at running back. Fullback Reshawn Turner is a four-year starter while Jacob Anderson, A.J. Bourdeau, Nicholas Angelo and Ta’Jon Knight are all in the picture at halfback

After a season-ending injury in last year’s season opener, Anderson is back in action and excited about the upcoming season.

“Losing him last year was tough, but he’s a great athlete and he’s real excited for the season,” Townsend said.


Indian River
2018 Schedule
7-GLASGOW 7 p.m.
14-At Polytech 7 p.m.
21-ST. MARK’S 7 p.m.
28-At Delmar* 7:30 p.m.
5-LAKE FOREST* 7 p.m.
12-At Seaford* 7 p.m.
19-LAUREL* (HC) 7 p.m.
26-At Milford* 7 p.m.
2-WOODBRIDGE* 7 p.m.
9-At Sussex Central 7 p.m.
* Henlopen South game

2017 Results
0-6 Henlopen South, 1-19 overall
W-Glasgow 21-20
L-Polytech 21-39
L-St. Mark’s 13-51
L-Delmar 6-41
L-Lake Forest 14-28
L-Seaford 20-32
L-Laurel 0-17
L-Milford 0-52
L-Woodbridge 0-41
L-Sussex Central 0-35

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