Holden Ryan - 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 11:38 PM EDT
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NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) - “As soon as I get the ball, I’m just worried about how I’m going to score.”

That mindset has worked for Norwich junior running back Holden Ryan so far this season. He’s put up 450 yards and 4 touchdowns in just two games, making him one of the most dynamic playmakers in Section Four.

“With our style of offense that we have to have a back that every time he touches the ball he has a chance to score is exciting. It makes people want to block for him,” said Norwich head coach Mike Chrystie.

While some backs would let that production get to their head, Holden is the opposite. When he talks about this season, you almost forget that he was the one carrying the ball.

“We have a really, really good line this year. I couldn’t have any success without them blocking for me. Like the holes they’re making are unreal and I just couldn’t do it without them,” said Ryan.

That type of respect, earns the trust of your lineman.

“It’s like an added layer of security where I’m going 110% and I know I got this guy but I know even if I slip and I miss. He’s still going to make a play out of it,” said Norwich senior center Harrison Matlack-Grey.

Even though he’s had a fast start, things weren’t so certain for Holden coming into this season. This was his first year playing running back in high school and he didn’t even have a full offseason to adjust.

Midway through last year he broke his shoulder, sidelining him for months. Once he was cleared in early summer, he was right back to work.

“There was no hesitation I jumped back into it the day after. I was ready,” said Ryan.

Now moving forward, Holden isn’t focused on his rushing numbers. Instead he cares about a different stat, wins.

“None of it matters unless we get the win. So I was not happy last Friday night even though I had a great personal game. Our line had a great personal game but we didn’t win so none of it matters,” said Ryan.

If he keeps finding the endzone like he has been, Norwich will be right back in the win column, which is what matters most.