PROFILE: Tyler Villines leads football team with passion

PROFILE: Tyler Villines leads football team with passion

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Senior guides team with experience, leadership

With the regular season behind them, the football team looks to head into the playoffs with momentum. Perhaps no one is better prepared to lead the team into a successful postseason than senior, team captain and quarterback Tyler Villines.

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Tyler Villines (No. 8) poses with his family during senior night, Oct. 27.

For as long as his parents can remember, Villines has been interested in sports. Hope Villines, Tyler’s mom, loves watching her son play sports.

“Tyler has been throwing a football around with his dad since before he could walk,” Hope said. “One of his first words was ‘touchdown’. Tyler wasn’t even two years old and he could throw a ball across the entire nursery at church. Tyler has always loved every sport. He played soccer at three years old, t-ball at five and football at ten. He hasn’t stopped since.” 

Tyler Villines, the quarterback for the Eagles, has competed on the team all four years of high school and is looking for a strong finish to his high school football career. He enjoys the fellowship that comes along with the sport.

“What comes with football that is so amazing is I feel like it is bigger and better than any other sport in the sense of brotherhood that comes with the gridiron way of playing it,” Villines said. “As a quarterback, I am constantly being protected by my line and in turn, it creates a bond between us.

“Even if I don’t realize it, even though I’m not the biggest,” Villines continued. “There are going to be people who are looking up to me because I’m a senior and because of my experience, and in turn they are going to look to me for encouragement and success.”

Villines was first put in as the quarterback during his sophomore year. He went in during the fourth quarter with only a minute and thirty seconds left in the game. Despite being down by eight points when he entered the game, Villines was able to rally the Eagles to come back for the win. Since that point, Villines has started as the Eagles’ quarterback.

Villines continues to improve and grow as a team leader throughout each game. Head coach Russ Counts appreciates Villines’ attitude and determination when playing football.

My freshmen year I looked up to the seniors, no matter if they were a captain or not. I looked to them as leaders and I was always wishing one day I was going to be as good as them. What comes with leadership, is you grow in patience and you understand that people who are younger aren’t going to get it as fast. Also, you have to learn to be encouraging even in the tough situations. — Tyler Villines

“Early on Tyler, like many, had a reservation about trying different things,” Counts said. “However, Tyler is now the man who is a total team player and is willing to try whatever he is asked to try. What makes Tyler good at quarterback is his versatility. He can run, throw, lead and misdirect other teams. Quarterback is the position where the player must be calm and in control and Tyler has grown into one of the best.”

Fellow co-captain and friend Roman Endicott, ‘18, appreciates the energy and leadership that Villines brings to the team.

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Villines is also plays two additional sports and is a member of the worship team.

“My favorite part of having Tyler as a teammate is the dynamic he brings to the team,” Endicott said. “He is full of energy and always brings a sense of lightheartedness when needed but is able to buckle down when necessary. My favorite memory is probably when he threw me a beautiful touchdown pass in our game versus Big Valley this year. Tyler has grown exponentially throughout these past four years both in his speed and strength as well as his ability to lead the team spiritually.”

While many look up to him now, Villines remembers the days when he was a freshman looking up to the seniors. He wanted to be someone the underclassmen could look up to as a positive role model.

“My freshmen year I looked up to the seniors, no matter if they were a captain or not,” Villines said. “I looked to them as leaders and I was always wishing one day I was going to be as good as them. What comes with leadership, is you grow in patience, and you understand that people who are younger aren’t going to get it as fast.

“Also, you have to learn to be encouraging even in the tough situations,” Villines continued. “I feel like God has really blessed me with the opportunity to understand that becoming great takes time and it’s not just going to happen all of a sudden.”

Villines is involved in many other activities on campus besides football. He is a part of the worship team and also plays baseball and basketball for the Eagles. Villines was also crowned homecoming king this year. He hopes to attend a Christian college and major in worship ministry to pursue a career as a worship leader.

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Senior Tyler Villines is crowned homecoming king during halftime festivities, Oct. 6.

Although he has already had his senior night, students can still watch Villines and the other seniors take the football team at their home playoff game likely against Riverdale Christian at the FC stadium, Nov. 9. 

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Mariana Fikse
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile” – Max Lucado. Senior Mariana Fikse developed a passion for agriculture and dairy science while growing up on a family dairy farm. She plans to major in nursing with a minor in dairy science. Fikse works long hours on the dairy over summer and school vacations but is also passionate about spending her time to help others. Volunteering with Sister to Sister gives Fikse the opportunity to mentor younger students while still maintaining a 4.0+ G.P.A. As last year’s varsity girl’s tennis captain, Fikse learned what was required to be a team leader, something that supports her role on The Feather. During her time on staff, The Feather earned two CSPA Gold Crowns and one NSPA Online Pacemaker. A third year of journalism likely includes more challenges ahead, but Fikse looks forward to facing them with the rest of the team, this year as co-editor-in-chief. When not enjoying a good book or hanging out with her siblings, you can find Fikse riding quads or driving a jeep around back roads with her cousins. Confident in her writing and leadership abilities, Fikse anticipates success in her senior year of high school.

7 Comments

  1. Robert November 2, 2017 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Tyler is one of those prototypical athletes that you long to have on your team. He leads teammates and coaches alike to do their best and to play hard for each other. He doesn’t tell people to be a good teammate, he sets the bar with his own actions. He didn’t hit the weights enough in the summer 🙂 but if you haven’t got a chance to watch Tyler play yet don’t miss your chance to watch someone special.

  2. Stephen Walters November 3, 2017 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Tyler is a great friend and a great energy to have at FCS!

  3. Joshua Oakley November 3, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I like Tyler he is fun to be arround

  4. Erin Wilson November 3, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    This article is amazing, Ty is awesome I’m so glad he is being recognized with this article 🙂

  5. Tyler Villines November 3, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I am so honored to have this article written about me, and Mariana, you absolutely crushed it out of the park! Thank you for doing this and taking the time to make it perfect!

  6. Seth Yancey November 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    This season has been so epic, good job Tyler!

  7. Nathan Mount
    Nathan Mount November 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Tyler is so good at football it’s insane. Honestly everytime when I go to a eagles football game I hear, “and number 8 Tyler Villines runs it again for the touchdown!”

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