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Stepping into the pocket for the successful Parish Episcopal Panthers isn't an easy role to take on. Entering the team as a freshman in the fall of 2021, Sawyer Anderson was more than ready to prove his ability to his coaches and his team. Soaring to a leadership role on the team, Anderson has been impactful in many victories as well as TAPPS State Championship titles. VYPE DFW caught up with the Panthers' quarterback following his recent commitment to play football at Purdue:
A key contributor in two of four consecutive state championships, Anderson has made a name for himself on the field. In two seasons with Parish he has recorded 6081 passing yards and 69 touchdown passes while rushing for four touchdowns and 242 yards. With great success already, Anderson is looking toward his junior season. VYPE DFW talked to him about his time with Parish so far, his goals, and his commitment to Purdue. Check out the exclusive interview below.
It's not easy making a decision to commit to a college program. What went into your decision? What was the biggest impact when choosing Purdue?"The main thing that went into my decision when choosing Purdue was the relationships with the coaches; the way they stayed in contact with me while recruiting me felt comfortable to me. Their offense relates to the offense that I'm using right now in high school as well."
What has been your favorite memory at Parish Episcopal so far?"Winning two state championships my freshman and sophomore year with my brother. He played defense for us and that was really awesome."
Who is a professional athlete that you look up to? Why?"A professional athlete I look up to is my granddad who played running back for the Packers and my dad who played baseball for the Colorado Rockies. They are role models to me and they teach me everything that I know."
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment in your high school career so far?"Probably the two state championships. Those were big deals; we are on our fourth right now and going for the fifth."
Do you have a game day routine that you typically stick to?"I don't really have one that I stick to, but I listen to calm music before the game and stay locked in."
What do you do in the off-season to prepare for the season ahead?"I lift, eat, and throw with my receivers to build my connections with them. It pays off in the season."
What is your mindset headed into the new season?"Stay level-headed. I know we have a lot of pressure on us, but we just need to play our game."
What are your goals this season?"My goals are to win the district for sure. Go 5-0 in non-district and win a fifth state championship."
In your opinion, what has been the secret to your and your team's success?"Becoming a family. We're with each other probably 10 months out of the year. We start right back up after the season ends with off-season workouts and we're with each other pretty much every day. My success has been from leading the team and being a role model for others; not getting too high or too low in tough situations."
With a common goal of finishing as the sole state champion in each of their classifications, teams are geared up to give it their all on the gridiron in the 2023-24 Texas High School Football season. As two-a-day practices get underway, it’s that time of year again: VYPE DFW has your Dallas-Fort Worth Area high school football preseason rankings ready!