As the Fall River/Rio football team enters year #2 of their Rebels co-op they are bringing “THE Toughness” mindset to the games, the practice field and life. “THE” meaning…Think, Have, Embody.
“We talked about that with the leadership council. We all talk about setting our standards for this year and at the end of the day a lot of those things we talked about were toughness.” Head coach Cody Schultz told DailyDodge.com. “Toughness is a choice and everybody is given different God given abilities. Everybody has different heights, different strengths and speeds, and you can work to improve those things. But at the end of the day you’re given what you have and you have to make the best with it. Toughness is a choice. Toughness is I’m tougher than that guy. I’m gonna get through this and grit through this.”
The Rebels return three young men who were All-Trailways South Conference picks from last year’s squad that went 4-5 overall. That list includes junior Gavin Wodill who was a 1st team pick on the offensive line and a 2nd team selection on the defensive line. Senior Jacob Rowe earned 2nd team honors as a receiver and defensive back while Chris Perez was a 2nd team all-league pick as a special teams player. As a whole the Rebels numbers are up with 40 kids out for football this year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Schultz says that the kids are working hard and they are ahead of where they were at this time last year. He says they will replace three all-conference linebackers from last season and also some defensive lineman, but fully expects younger players to step up. The Rebels return everyone in their secondary.
With a lot of new faces on offense, the Rebels look to be fast, efficient and simple. Gavin Wodill, Brice Locke and Trevor Koegler return on the offensive line while receivers Jacob Rowe and Sam Osterhaus also are back.
Fall River/Rio will compete in the new look eight team Trailways Conference for football that also includes; St. John’s Northwestern Military, Cambria-Friesland, Johnson Creek, Randolph and Lourdes Academy. Deerfield and Wayland Academy won’t be participating in football this fall.
The Rebels open up their season on September 25th when they travel to St. John’s Northwestern Military.
Click the link to hear a full interview with Rebels football coach Cody Schultz
2020 Fall River/Rio Football Schedule
9-25 – @ St John’s Northwestern Military – 4pm
10-2 – Palmyra-Eagle (at FR)
10-9 – @ Johnson Creek
10-16 – Cambria-Friesland (at FR)
10-23 – Johnson Creek (at FR)
10-30 – @Randolph
11-6 – Lourdes Academy (at Rio)
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