By Rich Winter
Wanted to give a bit of a Shout-Out to the Crow Creek football team this morning. Like a lot of schools across South Dakota, and particularly Reservation schools, getting kids to practice before the summer is over can be a challenge. This weekend, Friday - Sunday is the Crow Creek Dakota Nation Wacipi and the Crow Creek area is hustling and bustling getting ready for that event.
And, the football team is getting ready for their first-game on the road, Aug. 24 vs. Todd County. While there is a lot going on up north, Coach Brad Edenburn and his assistant coaches Mike Scareshawk and Gideon Saul are encouraged by what they are seeing early, with as many as 14 athletes showing up this Monday.
Now in his 3rd-year of coaching (4th-overall) at Crow Creek, Edenburn says the Chieftains are installing a new spread offense to take advantage of some of their quickness and athleticism at the skill positions.
Eight days before the Chieftains first game at Todd County, Edenburn says the offense is behind the defense, but the defense is looking TUFF with potential to be very good.
"We are a little young at offensive lineman but have two pretty good anchors, Tee Saul and Hunter Big Eagle," Edenburn said.
Saul and Big Eagle will be part of what is shaping up to be a good defense that includes the rangy skills of senior Jayden McBride.
"Jayden is a smart kid and he really understands pass routes and how to take on that wide receiver and take him off his route," Edenburn said. "Shaye Taylor is another good cover guy in our secondary."
Seniors Daniel and Michael Howell will be able to fill multiple roles on both sides of the ball.
One guy that Edenburn is fired up about is junior RB Emery McGhee. Daniel Howell and McGhee were both out for track last spring and the Crow Creek coach is anxious to see some of that track-speed unleashed.
"I expect big things from Emery," Edenburn said. "If we can get him through a hole with that kind of speed, and he breaks a couple, it could be a big year."
Edenburn is encouraged by the good turn out so far in fall camp and says he does expect some valuable additions to be in camp next week.
Crow Creek football schedule:
1Aug 247:00 p.m. CTTodd CountyMission
2Aug 316:00 p.m. MTMcLaughlinMcLaughlin
3Sep 067:00 p.m. CTStanding Rock, NDStephan
4Sep 147:00 p.m. CTLead-DeadwoodStephan
5Sep 217:00 p.m. CTPine RidgePine Ridge
6Sep 287:00 p.m. CTSt. Francis IndianStephan
7Oct 056:30 p.m. MTLittle WoundKyle,SD
8Oct 127:00 p.m. CTCheyenne-Eagle ButteStephan