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Home schooler Tyler Blue catches on at Indian Land High School

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Mac Banks/For The Lancaster News

INDIAN LAND – It’s not every year that a long-established football program breaks new ground, but that is what the Indian Land Warriors are doing.

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Indian Land added its first-ever home school player – wide receiver Tyler Blue – to its roster for the 2013 football season.

Blue, 16, is a senior and is home schooled by his parents, Laura and Tim Blue. The state now allows homeschooled students to play sports at the high school in their school district. Blue is the first to take advantage of this opportunity in Lancaster County. 

“It is exciting that they are allowed that now,” Blue’s mother said. 

Blue has always been home schooled, but has always carried on an active athletics life as well. He played Pop Warner and played for the Carolina Pride, a high school-aged football team made up of private and home school students.

The Blues never sent Tyler to public schools because they found it hard with Tim’s calling as a traveling evangelist. 

“We couldn’t really put him in one school,” Laura Blue said. 

Now that Tim is off the road and a pastor at Independent Bible Baptist Church in Charlotte, the opportunity is there for Tyler to go to school, but he prefers being home schooled.

“I’m not missing out, because I know everybody and interact with them, just outside of school,” he said. “If anything, I feel I have an upper hand because I don’t have to worry about the downside of going to a public school.”

Blue said he has made a lot of friends by playing sports as part of the Indian Land recreation leagues. Because he couldn’t play with them at the high school level due to being home schooled, he was always missing out on that aspect of things – until now.

“I have been waiting on it for awhile,” he said. “I have always wanted to play with them, so I am glad it was passed, so I can play with my friends, but still have the liberty of being home schooled.”

Having Blue on the high school team isn’t just for show, said Indian Land head coach Michael Mayer.

“He’s a good athlete and will be on the field for us’,” Mayer said. The only difference about him is just that you don’t see him in the building. He is a good kid and a hard worker.”

Blue said he is glad he can now play at the public school. He said playing this year will be different from years past because the atmosphere will be different. 

“I love the hype with the stadium and the fans,” he said. “That is why I came to Indian Land, so I could be a part of what goes on here. I like the competitiveness of the game and being on a team. My teammates are like family.”