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P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week: Chad Redinger

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MOSCOW, ID – If you think about it, November 2012 seems like a long time ago.

Just to give some perceptive: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were campaigning for the presidency. The number one movie in America during that time was Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

And that was also the last time the Moscow High School football team made it to the play-offs.

But that’s all changing thank to the help of sophomore quarterback Chad Redinger.

After starting the season 0-4, the Moscow Bears are heading to the Idaho 4A play-offs.

“Oh it’s a blessing,” Redinger said after a practice. “I’ve always dreamed of playing in a state play-off game. And I’ve always dreamed about playing in Friday Night Lights and it’s just a dream come true.”

With Redinger only being a sophomore and already leading the Bears to a play-off berth, you could say he’s ahead of schedule.

Although, he admits there were some bumps in the road.

“It was a learning curve and I had to step up and I feel like I did,” he said.

After the losing streak, the Bears went 3-1, beating both 4A Inland Empire League opponents to win the league title.

“We had to click into the winning mindset and once we started winning, we were like, ‘We’re making it to the play-offs. We can do this. We can win games,” Redinger said.

He also mentioned that after they strung together wins and the possibility of going to state was there, that was their only focus.

The last time the Bears were in the play-offs, Redinger was in the fifth grade.

Even though Redinger is young, Moscow head football coach Phil Helbling has only been impressed by the sophomore.

“the first thing that popped out was his toughness,” Helbling said. “Not only can he run the ball but he can throw the ball.”

Coach emphasized that Redinger is the ideal fit for the Bear’s offense because of his versatility and toughness.

Helbling said he’s a QB who can do it all.

But what’s his favorite way to score?

“Oh, definitely running the ball,” He said. “I love when the ball’s in my hands so I can do the job.”

This weekend the Bears will host a 6-3 Vallivue team.

As always, if you would like to nominate an athlete, email me dwoodson@klewtv.com.

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