Sterling College’s football season has gotten off to a rough start with loses to McPherson College and Bethel College, as well as two games being postponed due to COVID-19.
“We have faced a lot of adversity as a team and I am proud of the way guys have responded. I feel like it would have been easy to give up in either of the first two games, but I didn’t think that we did,” head coach Chase Hansen said.
The season started with a 58-40 loss to McPherson. The game was not without its highlights, though, as the Warriors forced four turnovers and junior running back Alexander Harbour lead all rushers with 92 yards.
Other leaders for the Warriors include junior quarterback Ethan Richardson who passed for 228 yards and junior wide receiver Eljay Nelson who lead in receiving with 79 yards.
“The biggest highlight for me was definitely getting my first collegiate start against McPherson. Just being patient the last couple years and waiting for my time to play, it was a great night for my first start,” Richardson said.
Junior kicker Nathan Romo also showed off his leg on the kicking end of things with two field goals from beyond 40 yards.
However, the Warriors struggled holding onto the ball themselves with three turnovers and only possessing the ball for 23:48.
In the second game of the season, the Warriors fell to the 2-0 Threshers, 51-21.
Sterling was lead offensively by junior wide receiver Chance Whitehead with 81 yards rushing, junior quarterback Carl Schofield II with 58 yards passing, and sophomore wide receiver T.C. Smith lead all receivers with 74 yards.
Although, the season may not be starting like he would prefer, Richardson still finds the positives.
“Well, no one ever wants to start their season off 0-2, so it’s upsetting in that aspect. Plus, the amount of injuries we have had isn’t ideal either,” he said. “But the team fought every second in the games and stayed positive, and that’s something I love about us.”
Hansen sees the injuries the team has faced as a great opportunity for younger players.
“We have a lot of young guys who are getting some very valuable reps in their first years as college football players ,and I believe that we will see our play get better and better every single week,” he said.
Even with the postponement of two games due to COVID-19, the team is still able to look on the bright side.
“We knew this season could have some unexpected schedule changes,” Hansen said. “These games being cancelled have allowed us to get more practice in preparation for the next opponent.”
Sterling’s next matchup is against the Friends University Falcons at 1:30 p.m., Oct. 10 in Wichita.