Sophomore Tristen Stewart was called up to varsity in Week 2. The heir apparent at quarterback once big brother Chance Stewart moves on to a college career in Kalamazoo for Western Michigan University took part in a brief Q&A after Sturgis’ loss to Harper Creek Friday.
Stewart currently serves as the Trojans’ backup QB and is a major contributor at free safety. He led the team with eight tackles against the Beavers.
What has the experience been like playing up this season? What have you learned?
“My first game I was pretty nervous. It was a total different feeling than playing on JV … more upbeat and intense. I’ve learned a lot: First, to not let anyone behind me.”
What’s it like getting to play with your big brother in his final year? What advice has he given you?
“It’s been fun. I’m glad we could have this chance to play together. He’s constantly telling me to not let anyone behind me and to read the QB’s eyes. He’s given me a lot of advice for QB, too.”
What has been the QB advice? Are you constantly talking football at home?
“He shows me all the reads, checks my footwork and keys I should see. And yeah, football is usually the topic.”
Do you feel any pressure to live up to the expectations based on your last name?
“[It has been a] positive I’d say. It just means I gotta work harder to accomplish what he has. It’s always good to have some competitiveness.”