(10-6-17) The Sidney Yellow Jackets are off to their best start since 1974, 7-0. With football being the highlight of Friday nights in many Ohio communities, this is a big deal.

To say Sidney is loaded with talent might be an understatement. Running back Isaiah Bowser (6’1 Senior), a Northwestern commit, has rushed for 1,900 yards (new school record) so far. QB Andre Gordon (6’2 Junior) in last night’s win over Tippecanoe had 301 yards total offense (178 passing and 126 rushing).  Defensive Tackle Devan Rogers (6’2 305lbs) has committed to play at Toledo.

One of the other keys to the success of the Yellow Jackets is 5’8 Sophomore PK Hallie Truesdale. The young lady is one of the top placekickers in the area.

2017 Truesdale Kickin

Last night in the 49-42 win over Tippencanoe she hit 5 of 5 extra points and now holds the XP record for a single season with 37, she has only missed one attempt  in 2017.  On the season Truesdale has 40 points, when you include her 26 yard FG in an important 39-32 come from behind win over St. Marys (6-1) to open the season.

Truesdale averages five XP attempts a game for the high-scoring Yellow Jackets.

One of the biggest reason for the rebuilding success of the Sidney football program is Head Coach Adam Doenges, the coach answers some questions about his kicker:

1- What is her value as a kicker on the team?

Hallie is a tremendous asset to our team. We had three players battling for the kicking spots last year. While she didn’t have the strongest leg, she was the most consistent, so she won the job as freshmen. After a rough start, she gathered herself and finished the year strong. She put a lot of time and effort into the off season on getting her leg stronger and having a more consistent swing. She has dramatically improved, and is reliable from 35 yards on in if we need it. She doesn’t kick off for us, but does do our onside kicks. We have a new kicking coach, former player Andre Spillers, and he has been a huge help in her development. She will continue to improve, and her leg will only get stronger the next two years.

2016 Truesdale Kickin

2-Not every young lady would enjoy wearing shoulder pads and a helmet, how has she adjusted.

No issue, she played in junior high also. The coaching staff and players don’t see her as female, we see her as a football player, a teammate.

3-She’s a pretty good soccer player, how does that fit into the plans as a football player?

We communicate over the weekend and coordinate when she can get to practice during the week. We work around her soccer schedule to make sure she gets her work in on the football field. She attends any practice, team meal, fundraiser, etc that her soccer schedule allows her too. She is a busy student athlete.

Final thought–

Her parents have raised her well, she is a hardworking and goal driven individual, which fits into the culture of our program. We don’t care who you are or what your background is, if you are willing to work, you can be apart of our team.

The Yellow Jackets have three remaining games left on the schedule and a possible playoff bid, Truesdale will need to continue her kicking excellence during the run.

She can ‘chicken dance, too’