September 04, 2019 11:19 PM
(ABC 6 News) - The Mayo Spartans opened their 2019 season in a big way, defeating the Northfield Raiders 48-15. There were a lot of factors that played into the Spartans success, but a key to their win, was senior wide receiver, and corner, Ethan Loehrer.
"He is a super humble kid," Spartans head coach Donny Holcomb said. "He isn't going to bring any attention to himself. He's gonna be a team player, he's never gonna say, 'I want the ball' or 'this should be my play.' He just goes out, does his job, and normally good things happen to those people who are humble and work hard."
He's an asset on both sides of the ball and on special teams. On week one, Loehrer showed what he could do under the Friday night lights in what he says was probably the best game of his varsity career, but he knows there will be more.
On offense, he had five receptions for 105 yards plus two touchdowns. The first TD he got, put his team on the board. On the other side of the ball, he intercepted a pass from Northfield.
"I just try to catch the ball every time because that's just the main goal," Loehrer said. "I'm not really worried about yards or touchdowns, just catching everything."
He closed out his impressive night with a slick save on special teams. A wild snap turned into a successful two-point conversion. Loehrer said he is doing his job, but in those moments when big plays happen, there is a rush of emotions.
"You don't realize it until you stand up and look around, and are like 'oh, it happened,' Loehrer explained. "[There's] just a big rush of joy and excitement
Followed by a celebration with the team in that moment, Loehrer added.
He shined in game one, but Loehrer still gives huge props to his offensive line for their team's home, and season, opener win.
"We didn't expect to score 48, but we just kept going every drive, every play to get better and better."
To get to that point, it all has to begin somewhere.
"[Loehrer's] play during the game is consistent with practice, he's a super hard worker," Holcomb expressed. "He's easy to coach, he responds well and the other kids see it. So, ultimately, he's laying the foundation for our younger kids to have a great role model for them."
The Spartans face New Prague on the road on Friday. Kick-off set for 7 p.m.
Created: September 04, 2019 11:19 PM
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