By Tom Nader
Publisher and Editor
In a game designed around creating opportunities with your feet, it is the arms and hands of Field’s Wyatt Rahe that make him one of the most dangerous players in the Metro Athletic Conference.
Rahe, a two-year starting sophomore, possesses the skill-set necessary to control a game from his defensive back position, however, it is when the ball goes out of bounds that Rahe becomes the most unique player in the league.
Watching just one of Rahe’s majestic throw-ins is all anyone needs to see to recognize that there is not another player like him.
Surely, the Falcons’ opponents have seen enough of Rahe’s throw-ins to know just how special of an offensive weapon they are.
Rahe’s throw-ins can travel up to 35 yards, and he can adjust the trajectory of them to provide a variety of looks, but also to capitalize on what he sees.
The throws come out of Rahe’s hands like a catapult, soaring far over the heads of defenders and almost always landing in areas in front of the goal that immediately challenge opposing defenses. If Rahe’s throws never fall all the way to the ground it is because they have found someone’s head and oftentimes one of Rahe’s teammates.
Just this season alone, Rahe has been credited with five assists from his throw-ins, including a pair of game-winners late in the second half of games.
Falcons head coach Kevin Sisak knows just how fortunate his team is to have Rahe’s throw-in as an offensive weapon.
“We try to get the ball into areas high and to the sideline or enplane in an attempt to get some throw-ins in the attacking third — so it is by no mistake that we create so many opportunities in dangerous areas of the field,” Sisak said. “It’s special, and we definitely take advantage of having Wyatt’s talent. It helps to also have players that can get on the other end of them.”
Standing at approximately 6-foot-2, Rahe’s high release point and strength are key components to his long throws, which Sisak said was part of a passing of the torch from senior Gavin Greene to Rahe last year during his freshman season.
“Wyatt’s throws are different from a corner kick due to the initial height, initial speed, the trajectory and the way he can execute depending on where the defense sets up,” Sisak said. “Nearly every coach has commented and given compliments to Wyatt and his amazing talent.”