The Northwest football team has had its share of challenges this season, but a mainstay on the defensive side of the ball has been the intense and aggressive play of Caden McDonald.
The Texans linebacker has disrupted offenses and anchored his defense week in and week out, and coach Bill Poe has certainly taken notice.
“He’s a phenomenal player that plays with an extreme amount of effort,” Poe said. “I can always count on him to leave it all out on the field. He’s a smart player that can play multiple positions and he has nose for the football.”
Poe said that he has come to rely heavily on McDonald to provide leadership this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
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“He is one that is depended on to make sure that everyone is lined up right. He sets the bar high for playing fast and physical.”
McDonald said that while he definitely embraces the leadership role on his team, he tries to do show by exhibiting the qualities he believes are most important as a player.
“I just try to bring good momentum and everything, and energy to the whole team and just bring a good vibe to ourselves,” McDonald said.
McDonald said that in spite of the team’s record, he does feel there are a lot of things right with the Northwest football squad.
“I feel like there’s a lot more leadership than last year, there’s a lot more people stepping up and the roles that needed to be filled were filled this year,” McDonald said.
McDonald, who also loves to hunt, fish and spend most of his free time outdoors, said that he has some definitely objectives for the season, both personally and as a team.
“Personally I would like to get first team all-district, and just try and make the playoffs and make win a playoff game,” McDonald said.
In order to have a successful season, McDonald said he believes it will take a few things.
“We have to have 100 percent effort, every play, every day, everyone’s got to buy into the system and just believe we can do it,” McDonald said.
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