HS Football: Napoloen’s Nathan Wiegel not worried about media attention, wants state title

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Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter is off to a 2-0 start. And while much of the attention will focus on star quarterback Jamison Fettig, senior running back Nathan Wiegel is not concerned with who gets credit, he just wants to win a ring.

“Five-foot-nine running back Nathan Weigel is always overcoming other people’s limited expectations.

“I didn’t expect him to play running back for us two years ago,” head coach Kelly McCleary said. “We went to a team camp and he just exploded in the offseason.”

That offseason lead to Nathan rushing for over 1,700 yards and earning first team all-state honors as a junior.

“He’s a good guy that opens up our passing game by making [the defense] step up and then we throw it deep,” quarterback Jamison Fettig said.

Coach McCleary said Nathan does not have break away speed, but makes up for it with other qualities.

“His cuts are right on spot,” McCleary said. “And he knows exactly what he’s doing out there and he sees the field really good.”

But when you talk to Nathan about his individual goals, he deflects all questions to the team.

“No,” Wiegel said. “As a team, I want to go far.”

And by far, Nathan means winning the school’s first state title since 2011.

“My brother won a state championship with this team in football,” Wiegel said. “So it would mean a lot of me to win one too.”

Nathan said he trained really hard over the offseason for this year and his not concerned with media attention.

“I don’t mind the attention,” Wiegel said. “I don’t mind if I don’t get any attention. I just want to win games.”

Napoleon is currently ranked currently ranked fourth in the state. The team goes for their third straight win this Friday at South Border.

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