When Isaac Schoenfeld steps onto the football field, there’s headaches for opposing teams who try to figure out how to stop him.
At the 4A high school football level, it’s no secret that Schoenfeld is the Rock Springs Tigers go-to offensive weapon. And recently, that also appears to be no secret on a national level.
Recently, StadiumTalk, a sports website reaching 1.5 million people every month, named Schoenfeld as the best high school football player in Wyoming.
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But when the honors were announced by StadiumTalk, Schoenfeld had no idea he had been named Wyoming’s best football player. It wasn’t until he had come back from a fishing trip with Rock Springs High School (RSHS) Head Coach Mark Lenhardt when the notifications on his phone began to roll in.
“It was pretty surprising,” Schoenfeld said. “I never thought I would be named No. 1 in Wyoming.”
For a player who not too long ago was on the junior high B team, the recognition is a testament of his growth over the last few years combined with Lenhardt’s belief in his 6-foot 5-inch, 220-pound tight end.
Taking the Next Step
When Lenhardt and Schoenfeld first met, Schoenfeld approached the new head coach about playing quarterback. However, Lenhardt had other plans in mind.
“If you’ve seen Isaac throw, he would probably be a good quarterback,” Lenhardt said. “But I said “Man you’re 6 foot, 3 inches as a freshmen and you look pretty athletic. I’d say you look like a tight end, defensive end to me.” And I think it’s been the right move.”
“Right move” is an understatement. In 2020, Schoenfeld did more than your typical tight end. He recorded 610 receiving yards, 168 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. His performance on the field earned him 2020 All-State and All-Conference selections.
“I thought he was a lot more mentally tougher last year. His talent is going to take him where it needs to take him,” Lenhardt said. “It’s been fun to watch him mature and develop and I think he’s ready to take that next step.”
Although he may be recognized as one of Wyoming’s best, Schoenfeld said there’s a lot he hopes to improve upon, specifically blocking.
If I can block and catch that’s a huge thing. I want to be a better leader for the team and be there for everybody as well.Isaac Schoenfeld
Taking the next step his senior will hopefully help him obtain his ultimate goal to play college football. His breakout year in 2020 turned a few heads at the next level, including the University of Wyoming, which he has been in contact with.
For now, Schoenfeld’s offseason will consist of workouts and spending as much time as he can outdoors, trying to out-fish his coach.