An emotional victory

Nashua-Plainfield blanks Central Springs to pick up first victory of the seaseon

This one was for Alex.

In what was one of the bigger wins for the Nashua-Plainfield football program in recent years, the Husky football squad is back in the win column after an impressive 28-0 shutout over Central Springs last Friday night.

The opening Class A, District 3 game held a tremendous amount of significance as Husky players and coaches honored Alex Potratz, a Nashua-Plainfield senior on the 2013 Husky football team that passed away after a car accident eight years ago to the day from when N-P took on Central Springs.

Husky football players now and since that tragic accident that claimed the life of the beloved N-P student athlete wear decals honoring his memory with the No. 73 on them.

“I was at Charles City when that happened. I just know from an outside perspective – that even the people in Charles City knowing him – knew how great of a family it was. For him to be lost, that was tough on the community,” said second-year N-P head coach Andrew Christensen.

Alex’s father, Kevin, walked out with the team before the national anthem on a solemn evening across the United States as the nation also mourned the lives lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took place 20 years ago in September 11.

Emotions ran high on the sideline for many after the memorable win, especially after the Huskies have struggled to earn victories after winning a combined four contests in the last three years headed into this 2021 campaign.

“We were just really fired up to go and win this game for Alex Potratz. It’s been eight years and we owed him one,” said Sam Fundermann. “That and our fellow teammate, Tyson White, injured himself a week ago. This game is for them, too, and 9/11.”

Trey Nelson, one of Andrew Christensen’s key running backs, held the American Flag in his right hand as the football squad strolled on to the field before the National Anthem was sung. It was a magical moment that unfolded before the partisan Husky crowd at Lloyd Koob Field.

The game ended up being a perfect homage to a fallen Husky that few will ever forget.

— For more on this story, see the Sept. 16 Reporter

New Hampton Tribune

121 West Main Street
New Hampton, IA 50659
Phone: (641) 394-2111

Sign Up For Breaking News

Stay informed on our latest news!

Manage my subscriptions

Subscribe to Tribune Newsletter feed
Comment Here