For the first time in Mott Regent history, a father and son are both on the All State Team board, due to senior lineman Sam Huether being named to the 2nd All State Team.
Despite the Wildfires having a 2-6 season, Huether was credited for being one of the hardest working athletes in 9-man Region 4. As a result, his name now shines brightly on the board that his father, Nathaniel Huether, has been on since 1994.
"It feels pretty good, I was not expecting it," Sam said. "I was just really blessed that I got to play."
For his father, the announcement was an incredible moment.
"As a dad, I can’t be more prouder of what he did," Nathaniel said. "He really is a good football player and a good teammate. He puts a lot of hard work into what he did, honestly a lot more hard work went into it than I did when I made All State that’s for sure. ... Just watching him play, I thought he played way better than I did."
Nate Zachmann, the head coach of the Wildfires football team, talked about what an impact Sam had on the entire team during a season in which every week was unpredictable.
"We only won two games and I think that shows the respect from all the other coaches to get Sam on there. It’s a voting and a nomination. It’s not a popularity contest," Zachmann said. "You got to be a football player, and that’s what Sam is.
"Sam is All State on the field and off the field," he added. "He’s just a great kid and that shows. That reflects in his family life, his community and in the classroom and he’s just an All State, all around person."
As far as what motivated the senior during the season, Sam kept his answer short and simple.
"I just tried to have as much fun as I could and literally just gave it my all," he said.
Every child hopes their parents are proud. For Sam, being named All State and being the first to have a father-son duo in Mott Regent All State was the perfect way to do it.
"That’s pretty cool. It’s just a good feeling," Sam said.
Zachmann discussed what made Huether such a strong athlete both on and off the field.
"Sam Huether has a passion for football," he said. "He has a passion for helping people, he has a passion for being a good teammate and I think that just reflects on how he plays the game. Having a student athlete like that honestly just sums up Wildfire football."
Currently, Huether has yet to announce if he will continue to play football in college, but gave advice to the younger athletes that may want their name put on the All State Team Plaque.
"Work hard and never give up," he said.
Sam Huether will be seen playing again in Mott Regent's upcoming basketball season.