WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) – “Anybody that knows Tanner knows that he is probably the smartest guy on any team he is going to be on, any football field he is going to be on,” said Whitney Point head coach Bill Davis.
Andy Davis to Tanner Kallfelz was the dynamic duo that led Whitney Point to a 5-3 record and a big step in the right direction in 2018.
“We’ve been playing football since we were seven years old and just him throwing to me was awesome, I won’t forget it,” said Whitney Point senior Tanner Kallfelz.
With Davis off to college, Kallfelz stepped up and made the transition to quarterback with the blessing of his predecessor.
“He’s always had my back and he told me I would do good and everything and his dad being the coach he has always had a ton of good impact on me,” said Kallfelz.
“It was probably our easiest transition because Tanner, all the way up through youth club, and I’ve known Tanner all the way as an athlete from the time he started playing football he was our quarterback every other season so he’s got a lot of experience, he kind of knows what I’ve wanted all my life,” said Coach Davis.
So coming into his first start behind center with the varsity team, would there be any nerves?
“Definitely not,” said Kallfelz.
Well, it showed.
“I just wanted to have fun and get a good win and start the season good so I wasn’t nervous at all,” said Kallfelz.
The senior threw for five touchdowns and helped lead the offense to 32 points in the Eagles win over Groton.
“Our offense did pretty good, our passing game was but they shutdown our run pretty quick so we can had to go to our pass game so I guess the offense did pretty good and it was good to see,” said Kallfelz.
“I loved his poise in the pocket, just the reads that he made we were mostly on the same page there were a few that I would have liked to see him run a little more but all and all the things that I asked him to do, he did,” said Coach Davis.
Kallfelz was also the team’s second lead tackler on defense and was Whitney Point’s primary punt returner.
“It’s an advantage but it’s also a great disadvantage. I am telling you I can’t get the kid to sit down in practice I tried to tell him slow down, you’re my quarterback your’e on everything I mean he was our second leading tackler so I mean he is all over the field, he won’t stop,” said Davis.
So with one win down Whitney Point is just getting started and Kallfelz and the rest of his Eagles teammates are ready to take Class C by storm.
“A lot more, we have a name to make for ourselves for sure,” said Kallfelz.