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December 12, 2013
Fiegener Named D-2 Player of Year
The kid was already playing at an all-state level as a junior, but when moved to nose guard for his senior season Jarod Fiegener became unstoppable.
His dynamic play on both sides of scrimmage, especially as the team's nose guard on defense, helped Fiegener lead his Falls City Sacred Heart team to the state championship and helped him earn Huskerland's Class D-2 Player of the Year Award.
Statistics don't always tell the complete picture - but in Fiegner's they just might: 211 total tackles, 19 sacks and 41 - 41! - tackles for loss. Those would be great numbers if nobody blocked him all year.
Funny thing is, seems nobody did.
"Jarod has always been an extremely hard worker. He has a great work ethic and did everything ever asked of him. He could have been a great tight end or fullback or linebacker but we moved him to the line his sophomore year because our team needed him there," explains Sacred Heart head coach Doug Goltz. "He's very unselfish and has always been a great leader by the example he set.
"Jarod is also number one academically in his class so he is also very intelligent; show or tell him something once and that is all it takes. He is very strong and extremely quick with good size to go with it. He truly played sideline to sideline for us."
Hence, the move to nose guard. Once over center there was no hope for the center to block him one-on-one and two-on-one was usually a waste of time. The best idea with Fiegener - did I mention he had 41 tackles for loss?! - was just to get rid of the ball quickly.
"Because of his quickness and strength he was dominating on the line of scrimmage," says Coach Goltz. "We moved him to nose guard this year so he was directly over the ball and as a result teams couldn't run up the middle and he could still make plays outside because of his speed and relentlessness."
Fiegener's Irish finished the season 13-0, defeating Stuart, 63-14, in the Class D-2 state final.