CEDAR RAPIDS — For Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Patrick Chambers, the football season couldn’t have gone, or ended, much better.
“The perfect ending of my senior season is to win the state championship with an undefeated season, and we did that,” he said.
Xavier beat Western Dubuque in the state championship game at the UNI-Dome on Nov. 15.
Chambers caught a 33-yard touchdown pass for his first touchdown of the season.
“He has the heart of a champion,” Saints Coach Duane Schulte said about Chambers. “I cannot say enough about what Patrick Chambers did for this team the last two weeks.”
Chambers felt honored after hearing what his coach had to say.
“I felt confident that I could get the job done,” Chambers said. “The line did a great job protecting Quinn (Schulte) and giving him time to make that amazing pass. All I had to do was stretch out my hands and catch the ball.”
Senior Quinn Schulte received many honors this year, including Class 3A first team all-state and team captain by the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association, The Gazette’s 2018 Area Football Player of the Year and KCRG’s Athlete of the Week.
“It was amazing to be able to finish our careers on top, and we all enjoyed the memories,” Quinn Schulte said.
Quinn Schulte thinks it was a great experience to play for his dad and brother, as well as the rest of the coaching staff.
“They were amazing and we are glad we ended the right way,” he said.
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Coach Schulte knows Quinn didn’t just show up one day wit ha football and have all of his abilities. He had to work to cultivate talent, just like his brothers Reggie (class of 2013) and Bryce (’17).
“I can say, I will miss watching them put in all the extra moments, throwing, catching, studying film and lifting weights, when no one else is watching,” Coach Schulte said.
Along with Quinn Schulte, seniors Kyle Krezek, Ben Conrad, Braden Stovie and Wyatt Johnson and juniors Ethan Hurkett and Josh Volk were named to first team all-state. Senior Tanner Wright was named second team all-state and seniors Bryson Bastian, Jon Bell and junior Jakob Forslund were named to the third team.
“People on the ‘outside’ have no idea what happens on the ‘inside’ to make seasons, like the past two, possible,” Coach Schulte said. “I know how much dedication is required by the boys, their families, their coaches ... I could not be more proud of all of them. They earned it.”
The boys “embraced the grind,” according to Coach Schulte.
“It is sad that I will not be playing football again,” Chambers said. “I will miss playing with the teammates that I have been playing with since flag football.
“Looking back, we did everything we set out to do, and left it all on the field, so there will not be any regrets. I will miss Xavier football. We all will.”