Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ironwood Ridge’s Standout Lineman Scott French is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Ironwood Ridge offensive/defensive lineman Scott French.

Scott French

School: Ironwood Ridge

College scholarship offers:

  • Concordia-Wisconsin
  • Culver-Stockton
  • Hamline
  • Nebraska Wesleyan
  • Oberlin
  • Simpson

Honors/background: 2020 Linemen Watchlist.

Ironwood Ridge lineman Scott French is a stout 5-foot-11 and 275 pounds (Ironwood Ridge photo)

I began playing football as a freshman! Even before stepping on to that field for the first time, I knew my fate was on the line. I played center my freshman year and immediately fell in love with football, much more so after an undefeated season.

After an offseason of countless weight room hours, I broke Freshman Lifting records, but more importantly, I was given the opportunity to play varsity football as a sophomore, along with Tyus Williams, now a senior RB.

I never would’ve thought that I would even get game reps, but to my own surprise, I was named starting guard before our game against Centennial that year. I couldn’t have been more grateful.

Ironwood Ridge lineman Scott French took an unofficial visit of Arizona’s campus last year (French photo)

My junior year, I was able to play on both sides of the ball. After producing enough film, I have received opportunities to play at the next level, and I never thought that that would ever be possible.

This year, I’m excited to return to a young, talented, offensive line, and to a defensive front that will definitely turn heads.

My greatest hope for the 2020 season is that we just go out there and play our brand of football. I truly believe nobody can stop us when we’re playing Ridge Football. I hope that we go out there each and every game, no matter how many that will be, and show exactly what Ridge Football is about. 

There are so many things I love about this team, it’s hard to discuss just one.

I believe our team chemistry is something really special. It’s different than any other team I’ve played for before. Our team motto, “We Not Me,” is just a short description of how close we all really are. Each and every one of those guys out there, from seniors to sophomores, are my brothers, and everyone out there feels that way about each other as well. It’s a different type of experience when you play for a team that is this close-knit. It’s a whole different energy when you’re playing for each other.

My goal is to become the best player I can be this upcoming season, and to play at the next level. In college, I want to take a Pre-Medical track and one day become a surgeon of some kind. 

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