Wood River and Shelton football programs combine next two seasons

“We’re one, now,” says the Silverbacks’ Coach Ashby

Just in case anyone wonders how schools who have competed against each other in various sports over the years can pool talents and work toward a common cause, Coach Jeff Ashby, the head coach of the new Silverbacks, a combined team of Shelton and Wood River football players, stated it very simply, but very frankly when he emphasized oneness, “It has always been my philosophy that we will put the best players on the field. That’s not going to change. As far as I’m concerned, we are one, now.”

The coach’s career began in the 1989 season and continues into the upcoming 2020 season, a career that has taken him to coaching stops in Polk/Hordville, Harvard, and Giltner. He used the term “exciting” when asked about the prospect of an influx of new players. “More numbers mean more proficiency, and having more numbers means more competition. That has to help us in putting a quality product on the field every week. I am really excited by that.”



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