His name is Jesse Ertz. The folks down in Southeast Iowa have known him for quite awhile.
Dyersville Beckman gets acquainted with the Mediapolis quarterback Saturday night.
“A great athlete, no doubt about that,” Beckman Coach Gregg Hammann said. “He’s got size, a quick and strong arm. He puts the ball where he needs to. I played under Bill Snyder when he was an assistant at Iowa, and there is no doubt Bill Snyder will love this kid at Kansas State. He fits exactly what they want to do.”
How Beckman deals with Ertz is the main subplot for this Class 2A playoff semifinal. Mediapolis comes in 12-0 and ranked No. 1, while Beckman (11-1) is back in the semifinals for a second consecutive season with basically an entirely new team.
“We had 18 seniors graduate last year,” Hammann said. “These guys have exceded our expectations so far. They just play well together.”
Now will they be able to slow down Ertz? The 6-foot-3 senior has thrown for 2,384 yards and 42 touchdowns this season and rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 TDs.
His 95 career touchdown passes is an Iowa record.
“You just do the best you can,” Hammann said. “There’s no doubt he’ll make plays.”