One player who does enjoy the extra running is senior Andrew Landgrebe, who has been tearing through opponent defenses all season long.
He leads Class 3A in rushing with 1,167 yards and has reached the end zone 18 times. Landgrebe has also had help from Nate VanVeldhuizen with 267 yards and five TDs and Mason Wisse with 258 yards and three touchdowns.
VerSteegh, the team’s senior center, said it’s been a lot of fun blocking for such a talented group of running backs.
“It’s a heck of a lot of fun. As linemen, we know we just have to give any of our backs a crease and they’re gone,” he said. “It makes us feel unstoppable. If we’re ripping off runs of 20-plus yards, it means we’re doing our job as best we can, and thats what we try for every play, our best.”
Dylan Tuttle, a junior tackle, and Kindley, a senior guard, concur with their teammate.
“It’s pretty encouraging and an honor to block for them,” Tuttle said. “I know that when I execute my job, they will get yards and battle for every inch. It’s a two-way street, when our line blocks well and the backs hit the holes we make, spectacular things happen. If one or the other doesn’t do their 1/11th, it’s not as successful. Our success this year shows that everybody is doing their job correctly.”
“It’s very gratifying! Our backs appreciate it too and will come and tell us thanks for the great blocking,” Kindley said. “It really gives me the chills to watch them run through the holes we make. It means we’re doing our jobs as offensive linemen.”
It didn’t start out particularly well in the season opener for the line as the Indians had 202 yards in the loss to Indianola.