Prep Football

A North Cedar football tale

HS journalism: Junior Tyler Alexander steps up to play QB

North Cedar football coach Adam Hadenfeldt talks with junior Tyler Alexander, who was forced into playing quarterback in the season finale. (Saleena Jones/North Cedar senior)
North Cedar football coach Adam Hadenfeldt talks with junior Tyler Alexander, who was forced into playing quarterback in the season finale. (Saleena Jones/North Cedar senior)

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.

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“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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