While the season may be over for the Shelby Coyotes, the legacy of one senior will live on. That someone is Colt Pederson, who coaches say is a shy kid who stepped up this season to lead his team.
"He's just honestly been one of my favorite players in 20+ years of coaching," said Coyote Head Coach Mike White. "He just does whatever you ask of him, you don't have to tell him a lot, he's developed into a great leader this year."
And his teammates agree that Colt has made a difference for the Coyotes.
"He doesn't let anyone get down," said senior wide receiver and linebacker Brodey White. When he sees someone putting their head down, maybe they made a bad read, or made a bad play, he's bringing them up."
But for Colt, those friendships are what being a team member is all about...whether it's on or off the field.
"Off the field, it's just knowing about all the other teammates and brother who have your back," Pederson said. "Knowing that if you ever need a place to stay or ever need anything, you've got twenty something guys out there that have your back."
And with the season ending in the quarterfinals, Colt only has one feeling.
"It's bittersweet, kind of," Pederson said.
But Coach White says Colt has raised the bar on how the Coyotes can and should be lead.
"I just think the kids look up to him and they emulate him, and that's how you get things rolling from a leadership standpoint," Coach White said. "Then the next batch will come along and do the same traits."
And even though Shelby didn't take home a state title, Colt said he's happy his senior year was one to remember