Playing quarterback requires an ability to adapt to constant change.
There are different offensive sets for different downs. Different defensive alignments.
Younger QBs often have to adapt to playing for different leagues and schools, and that is a transition Tristen Shewmake was able to make this season.
After moving from Bullard to Jacksonville High School in Texas, he made a great impression on Indians football coach Wayne Coleman. “Tristen came in and had a good spring,” Coleman told the Jacksonville Progress. “He continued to do well in 7-on-7 drills and worked hard this summer. He is an intelligent kid and a good decision maker on the field. He knows when we need to pass the ball and when we need to run.”
Shewmake wound up passing for 1,430 yards and 13 touchdowns and he also rushed for 205 yards and 5 TDs while earning All District honors. He’s run a 4.68 40-yard dash and can throw the football nearly 70 yards.
“Being new to the district after coming over in March of 2018, I was impressed by our team’s hard work and attitude,” Shewmake said.
The highlight of the season was a 42-38 win over Pine Tree H.S. Shewmake completed 13 of 26 passes for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a game-winning 34-yard completion with 20 seconds left on the clock. That earned him Player of the Week honors.
Shewmake has been playing quarterback since he was 5 years old. “I like the quick thinking under pressure,” he said.
As he prepares for his senior season with the Indians, he’ll continue working to get better while training with NFA for the second year. “I’m always trying to improve myself in every area,” Shewmake said. “Any positive coaching and training is always a win for me. There is always room for more training and improvements.”
Before the season, Shewmake was invited to the Duel at the Dallas OSD and he finished third among incoming juniors at NFA’s showcase QB competition. “The Duel was a great confidence builder for me going into the season,” he said. “To be invited and compete with the best and perform well is an honor.”
While he is a a high achiever on the football field, Shewmake is also near the top of his class on the academic front. “Doing well in the classroom requires smart, quick thinking and it transfers on to the football field,” he said.