HERMANTOWN, MN- 8th grade, that’s the last time before this season, Peter Soumis has competed in a competitive football game.
Fast forward to now, Soumis is the starting quarterback for Hermantown in his senior season.
Something he didn’t envision happening at first.
“I quit before high school. I didn’t want to really get injured before basketball. I really missed it the three years I didn’t play. Then some of the coaches and players contacted me. Told me they wanted to come out,” said Soumis.
One of those coaches being head coach Mike Zagelmeyer. Who says that he could tell what Soumis could bring to the team just by watching him play basketball.
“I really appreciated the way he was nice and calm under pressure. When everything’s going chaotic in basketball, you need someone to be a leader. He was a definite leader for our basketball team and I liked that,” said Zagelmeyer.
Soumis, who is a UMD basketball commit also says that choosing his future beforehand made the decision to play football easier.
“It took a little weight off my shoulders if anything. Just knowing I’m already committed to a school. I don’t have to prove myself anymore in basketball, so yeah it was pretty nice committing,” added Soumis.
The guard on the hardwood has seen some success on the gridiron this fall. Including on October 11th when he accounted for 5 touchdowns in a win against Hibbing.
But just like all quarterbacks, Soumis gives credit where credit is due.
“Most of it was our offensive line. They did a great job of creating holes for our Running Backs and for me when I was running it. And our receivers did a good job of running the right routes and just getting open,” said Soumis.
Soumis’ success has even surprised the coaching staff, given his time away from the sport.
“We had to make sure are you going to improve every week? Because the learning curve was going to have to be quick. As far as our terminology, as far as what we did offensively, There were a lot of things that he had to learn very fast. And he’s done that. He’s gotten better every week,” said Zagelmeyer
Soumis has even thrown a little wrinkle into the hawks offense, non-traditional of what Hermantown has run in the past.
“The thing I think people don’t give him credit for, is his ability to throw the football. He’s done some really nice things rolling out and throwing on the run and some things of that nature. He’s just a quality person,” said Zagelmeyer.
Hermantown will travel to face Proctor in the annual Hammer game on Wednesday.