Clifton Park — When you’re a fullback for Shenandoah High School and your nickname is House, running for a touchdown should come as no surprise — it should be a given.
But for Plainsmen senior Patrick House, his first career touchdown came during Week 1 against Queensbury.
Because Patrick House has always been a linesman, from his junior planesman until his junior year.
“We had a huge hole in the fullback dropped by Josiah Woodrow, who was a two-year starter,” said Brian Clausen, Shenandoah’s head coach. “We had some guys fighting it out for some starting offensive line position. I took a look at Patrick and the body of work he’s done off-season in the weight room, conditioning on the field, just relentlessly finding himself is training – he looked like a full back type kid.”
During that team camp at Castleton University, House, the lineman was given the opportunity to move the ball into the proverbial house – the end zone – and an early fullback was born.
“I was always quick to have a lineman, thought I’d give it a try when they gave me the chance, I just went for it,” House said.
The 5-foot-10 195 lineman has found a new home behind the line of scrimmage, is running for touchdowns, and has been blocking for a host of Shenandoah tailbacks throughout the season.
“You watch him drive football and it’s like he’s been doing it forever,” Clausen said. “He has that natural knee bend; he really dips his shoulder and makes contact while playing the football.
“He’s athletic enough where he can get out on the perimeter, stop on the outside toss and he’s strong enough where he can lead the tailback on some inside plays and kick out [defensive] End.”
House scored both touchdowns for plainsmen in the Section II Class AA semifinals last week, giving top seed Shaker a 17-14 win.
“I know my parents are watching, I have family watching at home and I’ve always been a linesman,” House said. “It’s great to be able to score a touchdown.”
House didn’t forget to thank the boys in front of him who led him through the end zone throughout the season.
“As a lineman, you always have the lineman coach telling you why we win, we have blocks so we win,” House said. “From my days as a lineman, it is all the people who are doing it. If they don’t completely block, I lose two yards every game. As someone who is scoring, I just appreciate my lineman very much. ,
House has brought his knowledge to the backfield.
“I’ve had to explain my blocking plans before,” House said. “If you’ve been behind all your life you don’t understand why you’re leaving [right or left] to block.”
As a fullback, House is often leading the charge from backfield to tailback, giving him another chance to meet with an opposing defender.
“As a lineman, we only get one yard to pick up the pace to hit someone, you can’t hit them too hard,” House said. “When you have 20 yards to go to a corner [back] And that guy is 150 pounds, you just bring him to the light. I love it.”
With the lineman mentality in the Class AA Super Bowl, house football is focused on winning, not taking it home.
“Being sectional champion is everyone’s goal every year, and Shane Football’s goal is every year,” House said. “If I’m a part of it, that’s all I want. I don’t care if I’m a fullback or a lineman, I just want to be a part of it.”
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