Athlete of the week: Ryder Kirsch

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN)

Saint Thomas More only has 4 seniors on this year squad who have helped QB-1 lead the team.

Wayne Sullivan says, ' You know the seniors we have are not very many but they've done a great job which has helped him become a leader as well.'

Kirsch took over as the starter during his sophomore season. And since then his coach has watched him grow in one the key areas for a Quarterback

Sullivan says, ' The biggest thing is keeping his composure. Even when we are up and need a first down or we are down by two scores and he has to find the right guy to move the chains or score a touchdown he's been able to do that this year. and it will be nice to have him for another year.'

Back for another year Kirsch will be looking to etch his name among the long list of great quarterbacks to take the snap at More

Kirsch says, ' It's a privilege because some great quarterbacks have came through here. and being a part of this football team is something special, Its awesome to be out here with all my friends playing football for STM.'

Sullivan says, ' He's definitely one of our top QB's we've had and we've been very blessed with all the All-Staters and those who have gone on to play college football. Ryder ranks right up there with all of them.'

number 12 does have two qualities that separate him from past STM signal callers

Sullivan says, ' He's my first 6'6" quarterback who can kind of see everything on the field. He's more of our drop back stay in the pocket a lot of our other really good QB's were able to run. He has an uncanny knack of extending plays he's a lot faster than people thing and he can eat up yard with his legs as well.'

More now finds themselves in a sport they are familiar with... the playoffs... this year however sees the Cavs taking on the role of underdog and not top dog.. A role Kirsch and his teammates enjoy

Kirsch says, ' Well this year we are just kind of a lower seed so we want to knock off one of those top teams. We all kind of like being underestimated and go into that game with Dakota Valley and give it our all and see how the game turns out.'

Congratulations to Ryder Kirsch on being this week's athlete of the week. Jeff Voss , Black Hills Fox Sports