HS Football: Jack-of-all-trades Fettig leads Imperials

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Jamison Fettig has been Mr. Everything for Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter.

“We’d like to have the ball in his hands on every play at quarterback,” coach Kelly McCleary said.

So that’s just what the coach did. McCleary moved a second team all-state wide receiver under center.

“I was our pass game last year,” Fettig said. “We didn’t really throw it to anyone else.”

After losing to eventual state champion Thompson in the quarterfinals, Fettig wasn’t sure if he would be the signal caller, but he had a hunch.

“I knew it was going to happen last year when we lost Dalten Jangula,” Fettig said.

To make the switch tougher, Coach McCleary didn’t want to run the double wing offense that he ran in 2016. This season, he wanted a run-pass option offense.

“Back in the seventh and eighth grade this is what we ran because that’s what our varsity ran,” Fettig said. “Then we changed last year because we had four running backs, but it’s all base stuff I’ve known all my life.”

Even with a new QB readjusting to the offense, McCleary hasn’t watered down his play calling.

“We don’t limit him because he wasn’t a quarterback last year,” McCleary said. “He knows the whole offense.”

Fettig has delivered some powerful runs with big hits as a quarterback, and he said he doesn’t feel sorry when he knocks over defenders.

“I’m not the best thrower,” Fettig said, “but I like getting out there and running when I get out of the pocket.”

Fettig and the Imperials host Hankinson High School Saturday afternoon.
 

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