Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter's football program has an impressive list of accomplishments. The Imperials have produced three state championships. It takes talented athletes to reach lofty goals like that and this week's Sports Spotlight is one of their latest. Trent Fettig is the quarterback right now, but that has not always been the case for this versatile senior.
In 2011, Napoleon won their third state championship and Trent Fettig was a key contributor as a wideout. But the Imperials were hit hard that year by graduation and head coach, Kelly McCleary asked Fettig, his most polished returner, to make the switch from wideout to quarterback.
"It wasn't too hard. I played QB when I was in junior high school. Coach wanted me as a sophomore to play WR but then I stepped up and have played QB the last two years," says Fettig.
McCleary has been impressed with Fettig's transition and believes his athleticism has added an element to the offense.
"He's been a great QB for us. He's not as much of a thrower as our past Qbs have been. He's a good duel threat QB, he can run the ball, throw the ball. And if we want we can still split him out as a receiver too," says McCleary.
Fettig's success on the field makes it easy to think it was a seamless transition for him. But his teammates saw firsthand the work that went in behind the scenes.
"I think it's been a big change for him but he's a talented kid. He can take on a lot of different positions. He's done a very good job at it. He carries the team pretty good with that," says senior Cory Koenig.
One thing that comes along with playing the QB position is being a coach on the field, plus leading your teammates off of it and Fettig has assumed that role as well.
"Trent's been an excellent leader. He really carries the team. When you think of one particular leader it's Trent. He really brings us all together, gets us focused when we need to be. I'd say he does an excellent job," says Koenig.
Fettig says the key to Imperials success this season will be improving as a passer. The running part, he's gotten down.
Fettig and the Imperials have won their first three games of the season and so has their opponent this week. They are at LaMoure on Friday. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter is also 4th in the state 9-Man rankings and the new poll comes out tonight.