Senior Nathan Schwartz has wanted to play football for a long time.
“I’ve wanted to as long as I can remember,” Schwartz said. “My grandpa would take me to games here when I was six and seven. It was just my dream.”
But it wasn’t so easy for Schwartz to just join the school team because Schwartz is homeschooled. But once he got his driver’s license, Schwartz was able to drive from the family farm to Raiders practices.
And now in his first full season of football, Schwartz is taking on the crucial position of quarterback. But his coach says Schwartz is up to the task.
“He’s got a really good work ethic,” coach Seth Forster said. “So I think he’s progressing faster than most kids would just because he wants it really bad.”
Schwartz admits it hasn’t quite been smooth sailing every step of the way so far.
“My very first play I fell over,” Schwartz said. “So that was not how I imagined it would all begin.”
But he says the support he’s gotten from his new team has meant the world to him.
“They’ve really welcomed me, being an outsider and homeschooled,” Schwartz said,” but they’ve made me feel like one of them. I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s been amazing.”
Schwartz says being gone more has been an adjustment for his family on the farm, but he says they’ve been extremely supportive of him.
In the future, Schwartz plans on joining the Marines.