A North Cedar football tale

HS journalism: Junior Tyler Alexander steps up to play QB

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CLARENCE — In our football game at Maquoketa Valley (on Oct. 13), I played quarterback for the first time since eighth grade.

When coach said I was playing quarterback, I was kind of nervous because. I haven’t even taken snaps since freshman year.

At the beginning the season, I knew I would be third-string quarterback. I didn’t think I would end up playing most of a game.

Our starting quarterback, Ethan Sahr, got hurt. Mason Minar, the second-string quarterback, started the game. My first play, we ran “Weasel Right,” which is trap play when two people pull and I didn’t know where to hand it off to our fullback, Logan Thimmes.

We ran one pass play in the first half and that’s what I am most familiar with because I am the tight end. In the second half, coach had us run more pass plays and I wasn’t as nervous and felt more comfortable.

Even though I was nervous at first, I still tried my hardest and gave it my all for my teammates. I personally didn’t like football freshman year but then Coach Adam Hadenfeldt came and it made me like football a lot more. I think a lot of others liked it more, too.

Being the best you can be while playing football should be a goal for everyone on the team — no matter if you like it or not.

My teammates helped me out throughout the game and so did Coach Hadenfeldt.

“I thought he did a great job in a tough environment with the weather and the conditions,” Hadenfeldt said. “It was tough for anyone to do a whole lot and I thought Tyler did a great job executing what we asked him to do.”

Note: Alexander completed 2 of 5 passes for 26 yards in the game. As a tight end he finished the season with 13 receptions for 210 yards and a touchdown. North Cedar finished the season 1-8, losing at Maquoketa Valley and at home against Tipton the final two games.

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