The Shiloh Christian Saints are looking to prove they are a team that can factor into the 5A West discussion this year. There is a player that can help them with that. His name? Daniel Shimer. The signal caller missed most of last season because of a broken foot, but is back to direct the offense.
“He works just as hard as any player I’ve had the privilege to coach and so when he got hurt last year one thing about him is that he takes his rehab seriously and he does everything one hundred percent,” said Head Coach Josh Floyd. “That’s the only way he knows how to do things.”
So far this season Shimer has shown he is back to full strength. The senior quarterback has started only four games in his high school career, but has already become a huge offensive threat.
“Well first off he is a tank,” said Running Back Chris Cox. “He is a leader out there and he really knows the offense and reads his keys well.”
“He can make any throw we need him to make and he’s a good runner,” said Floyd. “At the end of the day it is all about speed and you can not teach speed. When he gets out in the open field he is usually gone.”
Shimer is not only helping out his offense. He is also helping out the guys on the defensive side of the football.
“It’s a great deal for our defense, because we get to go up against such a great quarterback and also such a great scout team,” said Linebacker Nick Gookin. “It definitely challenges us on the field and prepares us for our upcoming games each week.”
For Shimer it is not about being a one man show.
“I can do everything right and compete and rush really hard, but at the end of the day if my teammates are not there with me then I’m just one player,” said Shimer. “I can’t win the game by myself.”
The Saints missed out on the playoffs last year for the first time in a decade. This season they believe their offense will be very competitive in the 5A West this year.
“I think we have a strong enough offense to put up the numbers to win the conference title,” said Cox.
“I am so proud of how they have come, because this is a lot of the same team we had last year,” said Floyd. “These guys have worked extremely hard and they are a testament of hard work paying off.”