Posted On: 09/6/20 4:36 PM

After a tough season in 2018, the Sibley East football program needed to make some changes. One change they made on the defensive side of the ball was moving Keegan EffertzKeeganEffertz5'10" | ATHSibley East | 2021StateMN from nose tackle to linebacker. The move seemed to work well for both the team and Effertz. Wolverines improved, and Effertz earned all-district honors at his new position.

"It was a good season for us," Effertz said. "We really flipped the coin on it. In my sophomore year, we didn’t win any games, and this year we won three games. We had a lot of young guys step up. We only had three seniors starting. People underestimated us."

During their victories, Sibley East used a punishing ground game and a quick defense.

"Our run game was awesome," Effertz explained. "Some games we would have more than 200-yards rushing. The games we won, we had long, slow, offensive drives. In our win against Worthington, we had a twelve-minute drive. You don’t see that anymore. On our defense, our linebackers were our strength. We also have an all-district cornerback. We might be small, but we are a fast defense."

Two years ago, Effertz was an undersized nose tackle.


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