MAYER – When you have a player like Mayer Lutheran’s Zander Flucas, there’s no reason you run him as much as possible. With a young quarterback in Ty Hoese in his first year as starting quarterback, the Crusaders often relied on the running game. Flucas didn’t disappoint.
Throughout out the season, Flucas carried the load in the running game, helping Mayer Lutheran reach the Section 4A title game. With his monster season running the ball this year, Flucas is the 2019 Herald Journal Football Player of The Year.
“Zander’s size and power when he was healthy dominated opposing defenses,” Mayer Lutheran coach Dean Aurich said. “We were a well-rounded team when he was on offense and defense.
Flucas finished the season with 1,423 yards rushing. He averaged more than seven yards per carry, while scoring 19 touchdowns. For the season, he averaged 158 yards rushing per game, and ran for 100 or more yards in seven of Mayer Lutheran’s 11 games.
Flucas had the ability to take over games when needed. Late in the season in back-to-back games against rival Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, Flucas single-handedly helped the Crusaders pick up two wins. In those two games, Flucas ran the ball 62 times for 482 yards and seven touchdowns.