Frederick tight end Dylan Sindelar has no intentions of hitting 1,000 yards receiving this year. He knows the Warriors are pretty old school, as evidenced by the fact the team has averaged close to 300 rushing yards per game in Travis Peeples’ two years as the head man.
At the same time, there’s no reason to think Sindelar’s senior season will be void of game-breaking plays.
“It definitely makes me feel a lot more confident (throwing) knowing that I have a big target like that to throw to,” teammate and senior quarterback Jake Green said after a recent practice. “He’s athletic and can catch it, and if nobody’s open I know that he’s got a pretty good chance of winning a battle for the ball.
“His ability to make plays definitely stood out for us last year.”
Indeed, Sindelar emerged as a dependable, tough-to-take-down target for FHS in their limited pass attack in 2018 and he ended up with 22 catches for 579 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. In back-to-back games, he went for 132 and 101 yards against Holy Family and Denver North with three of those scores coming in that stretch, as well.
The confidence has skyrocketed, as has the attention from colleges which Sindelar further piqued during the camp participation wave this summer.
That sparkling 26.3 yards per catch is something he hopes to maintain.
“Playing on a heavy run team can be tough with getting touches and such, but I feel like every time I get the ball I can break tackles and have a chance of scoring,” said Sindelar, one of the top receiving targets in all the area in terms of yards gained. “I feel like the coaches really set me up to make plays, and Jake throws great balls.
“I feel confident that there’s a mismatch in front of me every week.”
While it’s enjoyable to be part of big plays, Sindelar said he takes just as much pride in making an edge block that frees up any of the running backs the Warriors employ throughout the course of a game. Under Peeples, the Warriors have made a steady climb from 6-4 in 2017 to 8-3 and a playoff appearance in 2018, largely because of a grind-it-out methodology.
For FHS, the running-back-by-committee also seems to be a key element. Peeples has shown that if you can hold onto the football and find ways to keep churning your legs, your going to get your chance — eight players had at least 14 carries last season.
“I think blocking is the most improved part of my game and that I’m a completely different player blocking-wise,” Sindelar said.
Frederick begins the season just outside the top 10 in the CHSAANow.com coaches poll and match up with John F. Kennedy on the road in Week 1.
FAB FIVE: WR/TE
Top five local underclassmen WR/TE (2018 yards/yards per game):
1. Henry Blackburn, Fairview (890 / 74.2)
2. Braedon Peters, Holy Family (681 / 68.1)
3. Dylan Sindelar (TE), Frederick (579 / 57.9)
4. Sage Yazzie, Longmont (626 / 56.9)*
5. Julian Bell, Niwot (246 / 35.1)
* Yazzie will start season at quarterback