Mount Vernon's Jack Dietsch epitomized 'team first' philosophy

HS journalism: He didn't play much, but filled vital role for Mustangs

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MOUNT VERNON — As Coy Martin was getting huge hits along the sideline, the crowd would erupt.

One voice stood out. The voice senior Jack Dietsch.

No matter if his voice was gone, you always heard him screaming for his brothers on the field, making it fun for everyone on the Mount Vernon football team.

“Jack has brought a lot of energy to this team,” said Mount Vernon Coach Lance Pedersen, who called Dietsch “a very respectful and energetic young man.

“Jack works extremely hard in practice and is a very good teammate.”

Dietsch didn’t have his time to shine on the field. But his hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed by the Mustang players and coaches.

“He didn’t get to start, but still made everyone better by always going hard on scout team and everything he did,” said Martin, also a senior.

No matter what he is doing, Dietsch was giving it his all so his “family” could get better.

One of Dietsch’s big attributes was on the scout teams. He always gave 100 percent, giving the starters a hard time and, in return, making them better.

Dietsch always tried to make the hard times fly by during tough practices and each week go a little faster. He would mess around with the starters, crack jokes and simply had a good time on the field.

On the sidelines is where the true Dietsch came out. He was always yelling supportive words to his teammates — and sometimes not-so-nice things to the refs. He’d get the underclassmen going, which pumped up the adrenaline and made it louder and better for everyone around.

Dietsch said football really changed his life for the better. He said his family isn’t that extensive and the football team filled a role for him.

“Mount Vernon Football is a family,” he said. “A lot of teams say that, but this team really is a family.

“That is a big reason on why I stayed out and put myself through it.”

Dietsch wanted a team to fall back on when he needed it. And, in return, the team did the same for him.

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