Drew Kelly

September 21, 2017 10:48 AM

(ABC 6 News) – The Triton Cobras football team has been running through and around opposing defenses this season—no one has been running by more defenders than their star junior, Drew Kelly.

“He’s kind of a home-run hitter for us,” Cobras head football coach Don Henderson said. “He’s a big play waiting to happen.”


Kelly, a running back and cornerback for the no.6 Cobras (2-1), has turned into a star on the football field.

“He’s a good all-around athlete and he’s got a high sports IQ,” Henderson said. “He knows where to be, when to be there, and he gives a great effort.”

“His success this year is obviously a product of the system. We have other guys that are doing really good things also, Drew just happens to be one of those guys.”

Henderson said Kelly has a knack to find pay dirt, and he has a nose for the endzone.

“He’s a finisher,” Henderson said. “He finds a way to get the ball in the endzone, whether it’s catching a pass or running the ball. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a special teams touchdown or two this year, or a defensive touchdown.”

Henderson said the Cobras would like Kelly to receive “10-15 touches” per game, but last Friday in Chatfield, he didn’t touch the ball that often—which worked out rather well for the Cobras against the Gophers.

“He only had four touches against Chatfield, but he made 130-some yards out of it and a couple of touchdowns,” Henderson said.

“My lead blockers got on bodies and gave me holes (to run through),” Kelly said. “I had a couple of good blocks in front of me, and I got around the other guys with my speed.”

Kelly, who is in his second season as a starter for Triton’s varsity team, has proven this year how much of a difference one year can make.

“I see a little more hunger in him this year,” Henderson said. “He’s kind of bought-in with the senior group that we could do something special if we put our minds to it.”

“I’ve taken a step up,” Kelly added. “I was a little nervous last year as a sophomore, but now that I’m a little bit older, I’m a little bit more comfortable on the football field. I’m not scared, I’m used to it.”

Kelly, who also plays basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring, made a point during the offseason to improve himself physically.

“(I did) a lot of lifting,” Kelly said. “We have a weight-lifting program with (Coach Henderson), and it got me a little bigger.”

“He’s the kind of kid you can joke around with, but when it’s time for business, he’s going to get the work done also,” Henderson added. “He’s willing to dish-out some contact this year. I like that.”

Kelly said moving forward, he’d like to improve as a leader, and hopes to set an example for the younger guys within the Triton football program.

“Lifting is a big part of (being successful),” Kelly said. “You also have to have a good attitude about it and push it. It all pays off, hard work pays off.”

Kelly and the Cobras host the St. Charles Saints on Friday.


Sean Tehan

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