Nate Yuhas will be “sticking” to lacrosse after his senior year at Pioneer High School. But the outstanding athlete has put that game away for a few months and his turned his “full attention” to playing quarterback for the Pioneers.
Despite Saturday’s tough 29-27 loss at home to Bedford, the Pioneers (2-3) are looking to continue improving and taking a shot at the postseason. Leading the way has been Yuhas, a quarterback who can beat you with his legs and arm.
Monroe, an impressive win in week four, was a measuring stick for the Pioneers.
“We knew (Monroe) was a game where we would see how we match up for the rest of the season after starting off against two of the best teams in the state before playing Huron in week three,” he said.
Yuhas believes the key for the Pioneers going forward is as much between the ears as it is between the lines.
“We stayed out of our own heads and didn’t beat ourselves,” he said following the win over Monroe in week four. “The first few games we made too many mistakes and beat ourselves. We have been focusing a lot in practice on limiting the mistakes.”
Yuhas started most of the games as a junior last year and that experience has been paying off so far in 2017.
“The whole new coaching staff has helped me a lot this year,” he said. “They are all really good coaches. I really wanted Coach (Bill) Bellers to be coach this year and I’m glad he is. I just try to be coachable and learn from them because they have so much to offer. They’ve also encouraged me to be more of a leader which hopefully I am.”
Confidence is a big part of playing quarterback at the high school varsity level. And Yuhas not only has confidence but also poise. He doesn’t get rattled, stays in the moment and more times than not delivers the big play when the Pioneers need it most.
“We have confidence in ourselves,” he said. “We have to fight against becoming too confident and just take each game as they come.”
While Yuhas admits that lacrosse is his “main sport,” his entire focus has been on football. Bellers has been pleased with not only his quarterback’s play on the field but a strong leadership role he’s taken as a senior captain on the team.
“We talk a lot,” Bellers said after the win over Monroe. “I believe in him and he believes in what we are trying to do here as coaches. You can see it starting to come together. He’s stepping up to the challenge not only on the field but as a leader too.”
When the football season is over, Yuhas will pick up the lacrosse stick and begin focusing entirely on the game he plans on playing at the next level.
“I’m looking a few colleges at the moment and looking to make a few visits in the near future,” he said.
Yuhas, who was All-State Honorable Mention last year as a junior, said he started playing lacrosse in the third grade and it was love at first goal.
“The first game I ever played in we lost 8-4 but I scored all four goals,” he said.
What’s not to like.
“Yeah, it kind of stuck after that,” he said laughing.