2015 Football: Minteer ready to lead Sherando this season

Sherando quarterback Patrick Minteer threw for over 1,700 yards last season. The senior is eager to lead the Warriors to another strong year. Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Things are different for Sherando senior Patrick Minteer this season.

The quarterback was a little nervous as he took the reins last season, but this year he feels more comfortable and ready to lead the team. A big part of that is being more comfortable as a leader.

“I’ve definitely become more of a leader so I can bring my varsity experience to the guys that don’t have it,” Minteer said. “I think just having that and being around the program a lot more than I have in the past, with the no-excuse mentality, I think it definitely has built me up more as a leader to my teammates.

“…I feel more confident. I feel like I just know the game better from the standpoint of I’ve had the experience and I’ve lived it and so now I can just relax and just do what I’ve been coached to do.”

The fact that Minteer could be better than last year should scare opponents considering his gaudy numbers in his junior season.

Minteer threw for 1,740 yards and tied a school record with 24 touchdowns and to top it off he had only three interceptions.

He was the junior varsity starter his freshman and sophomore seasons and said he learned a lot watching Sherando graduate Reid Entsminger run the varsity team those two seasons.

“I learned how to be confident [from Entsminger],” Minteer said. “He was always smiling and jacked up. He was just calm in the worse situations.”

His father John coaches running backs and linebackers for Sherando, but Minteer said he doesn’t go to him for a lot of coaching advice.

“He’s more of an emotional director than coach itself,” Minteer said of his father. “At home he helps with my emotions and stuff that goes through my head.”

Minteer admitted he was very nervous for his first game last season, but once he began to have success it felt great and got easier to handle.

Sherando coach Bill Hall said Minteer is a coach’s dream.

“He’s a model in terms of what you’re looking for in a quarterback, in terms of his work ethic and preparation,” Hall said. “…He’s a student of the game so he understands what we’re trying to accomplish with what we’re doing. He works hard in the off season, in terms of developing his body physically, but also developing his skill set from a quarterback position.”

One of the things that really helps Minteer on the field is his dedication to watching game film.

He tries to watch as much film as he can on himself and his opponents throughout the season, which helps make him even better on the field.

“I always try to watch it, see my mistakes and my accomplishments,” Minteer said. “Even the older games, even the first game last year. You go back and watch some of those things, and why you did those reads and why you did certain things and still apply it to your game today. I still watch Reid [Entsminger] sometimes, especially running the ball and how he scrambled and stuff like that. That’s always been a challenge for me.”

Minteer said he wants to make the most of his senior season, and enjoy everything about it.

He said it’s an amazing feeling coming down the steps and entering Sherando’s Arrowhead Stadium before a game, and a feeling he won’t forget.

“It never gets old,” Minteer said. “Ever since the first time I stood at the top of the steps as a freshman to my last game as a senior I’m always going to look down and see the lights and still be awed. It’s just that those little things really mean a lot to you. When I graduate it’s definitely something that I’ll really miss a lot.”

The Warriors went 9-3 last year, losing in the second round of the Group 4A playoffs to Liberty. In 2013 the Warriors lost in the Group 4A state final, and Minteer said the seniors this year want to model themselves after some of the seniors from that team.

“We don’t talk a lot about last season, it’s more of two years ago when we went to the state final, because there’s still some guys here that were on that team,” Minteer said. “We use [some of the past seniors] as examples because they were great leaders and great leaders by example. They just did the things you were supposed to do. Now some of us are trying to apply that to some of the younger guys that don’t understand it — that weren’t part of that team.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com