Prep of the Week: Carter Geerts

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(ABC 6 News) — Carter Geerts is one tough young man who can battle on in wrestling and stand out as a track and field athlete. But he’s in his element when it comes to playing Byron Bears football in the trenches.

“He’s really really physical,” Bears head coach Ben Halder stated. “Sometimes it hurts him ’cause he forgets where his combo is because he’s really trying to get after the guy. But Carter works really hard, he’s a super football player.”

Durable and determined, being a two-way lineman on Bears Football seems to be the right spot for him, he very much lives for butting heads on Friday nights.

“I just love getting after it and just going,” Geert summed up. “It’s fun, just getting after it.”

When he’s not laying down pancake blocks, he’s stepping up as a mentor to younger kids in the Byron community.

“Be their friend. Be who they look up to, be there for them,” Geerts emphasized. “Every week we have character development, and every week we’re talking about how to be a better player a better man, so just every week just working on those skills and just being a better person.”

It’s being an example that Geerts takes to heart at the end of the day. The offense can’t fully flow without him plus he’s got teammates and younger students who see him as an inspiration. And they’ll see you, getting blocked down big time by Geerts.

“The kids love him,” Coach Halder noted. “The third through fifth graders all know who he is, he’s really good with the kids. That’s because he’s a serve-other-people-first kind of guy.”

“You’re not going to get anything done in the classroom, in your life, anything without a work ethic,” Geerts concluded. “And just being able to buckle down and do what you need to do to get it done. And help others to succeed and get their stuff done.”