There were several questions heading into last season for Bishop Heelan, especially at the quarterback position. That uncertainty quickly turned into confidence and Trent Solsma emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the state.
At the beginning of last season, Solsma was in the middle of heated quarterback battle with Philip Jacobson and Jack Wegher.
"It just showed they had all the confidence in me. It was a really tough race," he said. "Both those guys could easily start anywhere in the city or around the state. They're really tremendous players."
"We didn't have expectations for him," Head Coach Roger Jansen said. "We just told him, 'Hey, you just manage the football game.'
Solsma re-wrote the Metro record books setting new marks for touchdown passes with 39 and yards with 3,177.
"No where in our wildest dreams did we think he'd end up putting up the numbers he did."
"Going into the year I just wanted to manage the game," Solsma said. "As the season went on, I kind of saw myself more as a play maker."
Entering his senior season he picked up right where he left off, throwing for a career-best 369 yards and three scores in Heelan's season opening 27-22 victory over Sioux City East.
"I feel like I've come a really long way as a quarterback. I remember going into the first game last year and I was so nervous about making the perfect pass here or the perfect pass there and now, when I'm playing at my full potential I know I can make all the passes."
"I know he's going to throw me a good ball every time," Connor Niles added. "As long as he throws it up and I have a chance to run under it, there's a pretty good chance we're going to be completing the pass."
"You know, when you tell kids you have to put in the time and put in the effort and good things will happen, this is a perfect example of that," added Jansen.
Several Division I programs have shown interest in Solsma, including Northern Iowa, Drake, North Dakota and North Dakota State.
The Crusaders play North Thursday at 7:30 at Olsen Stadium.
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