Ed. Note: The weekly summer feature series continues this week, as Tyler Cory is the Tecumseh spotlight athlete.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to Tecumseh football. Friday nights are a family tradition for head coach Chris Cory and his son Tyler, who returns for his final season with the Arrows. Both strive for excellence and both understand what it will take for the Arrows to compete at the highest level.

Cory plays both basketball and football for the Arrows, but it didn’t take him long to understand the tradition of Friday night’s in New Carlisle.

“I was always around football with my dad being a high school football coach and I just always wanted to play for Tecumseh on Friday nights,” he said. “It seems like yesterday that I was a third grade ball boy on the sidelines. It’s hard to believe that I am going into my senior year and have 10 games left.”

“I just want to have a great year with all of my friends that put in all the hard work, and play in front of our home crowd at Spitzer Stadium.”

Cory knows his time is about up with the Arrows, as he has been working hard in the summer to leave it out on the field for one more season. He reflected back to last year, as two games come to mind when asked about the highlights of his football career.

“One of my favorite highlights was last years Kenton Ridge game, it had rained the whole day and the field was a mud pit,” Cory said. “Even though the score was only 14-0, we completely dominated them the entire game.”

“Another highlight of my high school football career was last year’s Fairborn game. The score was 14-7 on Friday night, and then it began to storm. The game got postponed until the next day. On Saturday, we came out and played great. The final score ended up being 38-19.”

As he prepares for his final summer of preparation and two-a-days which begins July 31, he has been getting ready for the grind ahead.

“The biggest things I have worked on in the off season is getting bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “I am about 20 pounds lighter than I was last year, but my bench, squat and hang clean have improved. The biggest difference that I see, is that I am much faster and quicker than I have ever been.”

“I have been lifting and doing speed training. I have been lifting 3 times a week since February and have been doing speed training since April.”

He has been thinking of how he wants to go out for his final five regular season games at Spitzer Stadium, and it wasn’t difficult for him to come up with a plan of how he wants his senior season to go.

“My goal for the upcoming season is to be the best teammate and leader that I can be,” he said. “For the team, our goal is to be great practice players, great role models in the school, be coachable and to be great teammates. We feel is if we do those things we will have a great chance to be in the mix for the CBC title.”

Outside of sports, Cory is involved in Young Life, and is also the Vice President of the National Honor Society. He is undecided about college, possibly going into business or accounting.

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