You wouldn’t have known it by watching West Fargo Sheyenne football games last year, but 2015 was the first season of varsity football in the history of the school.
In their inaugural campaign, the Mustangs galloped to the No. 2 seed in the East Region and reached the state semifinals before falling 35-7 to Minot.
“Getting that second seed we got last year, I think we did surprise some people,” says Hayden
Reynolds, a first-team all-state linebacker as a junior.
Reynolds was an absolute force defensively for the Mustangs, registering 94.5 tackles on the season… That’s 27.5 more than the next-best tackler in the East Region. He also snared two interceptions from his position.
“Hayden is an outstanding football player and a great leader on and off the field,” says head coach Jeremy Newton. “He will always do what it takes to help his team win.”
For Reynolds, something special happens when game day comes around.
“I love Friday nights, the lights, and the fans that show up to our games,” says Reynolds. “It’s been exciting to see everyone progress and become better players.”
For the Mustangs to duplicate the success they had last year, they’ll have to replace all-conference performers Tyler Evenson, as well as the pass-and-catch combination of Josh Roehrich and Cole Christensen. Roehrich hit Christensen for nine of his 13 passing touchdowns last season.
While being relied upon once again for standout defense, Reynolds also expects to see more backfield carries and blocking duties this year to help out the offense.
No matter what adjustments the Mustangs make coming into 2016, two things are certain: Sheyenne will not be a team to take lightly, and few plays from opposing teams will be run in the general direction of Hayden Reynolds.
I’m looking forward to continuing to build a football program at Sheyenne High School this season. Hopefully we can stay healthy and have fun in 2016.