Eric Peterson, Published November 01 2012
Do-it-all Hentges has been a big key to Cobbers success
“He’s good at handy stuff, like stuff that we break around the house,” said Peterson, who is a junior safety for the Concordia Cobbers football team.
Fixing the fence and re-doing the basement were two examples of Hentges’ handy work that Peterson highlighted.
Hentges also comes in handy on the football field for the Cobbers, anchoring the secondary and serving as a factor on special teams.
The junior safety has scored three touchdowns over the past two seasons, including a 90-yard kickoff return against Carleton last Saturday.
“He’s just an athlete,” said Cobbers head coach Terry Horan. “That’s the first thing that comes to mind. He’s right up there with the fastest guys on the team.”
Concordia is hoping for more impact plays from Hentges this weekend when it plays host to St. Thomas in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown.
No. 16-ranked Concordia (7-1, 5-1 MIAC) plays the No. 3-ranked Tommies (8-0, 6-0) at 1:10 p.m. Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium. The Cobbers need a victory to remain in the conference title hunt.
The Cobbers have lost four consecutive games against St. Thomas, but Hentges feels this team can snap that streak.
“More guys believe that we can be at the top,” said Hentges, who is in his second year as a starter.
Hentges was a jack of all trades during his high school days at Sauk Centre (Minn.) High School.
In his senior season, he played wide receiver, linebacker, returned punts and kickoffs, was on the punt team and was the holder for field goals and extra points.
That was one of the things that impressed Horan as he recruited Hentges, who also took a visit to St. Thomas.
“What stood out for me is he never came off the field,” Horan said. “He was athletic and he made plays.”
Peterson – who played for New London-Spicer in high school – was in the same conference as Hentges. Peterson’s team beat Sauk Centre twice during Hentges’ final high school football season.
Peterson remembers Hentges and Tyler Berling, who is now a junior linebacker for the Cobbers, being the two standouts for Sauk Centre.
“They were hands down the two best players on their team,” Peterson said.
Hentges was slowed early last season with a shoulder injury missing the opener against Dickinson State. That injury didn’t stop Hentges from doing all he could to get back on the field. Peterson recalls Hentges doing running and agility drills during practices that he couldn’t participate in contact drills.
“He puts in a lot more behind the scenes than I think some people realize,” Peterson said.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.
Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com