By Rob LaPlante
When the quarterback position is brought up at St. Michael-Albertville, the name Cole Krutzig enters the fray.
A two-time All-Mississippi 8 Conference signal caller for the STMA football team, Krutzig has proven he can lead the Knights when taking snaps on the gridiron.
Krutzig, a senior, first made all-conference his junior year when he threw for 810 yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 328 yards and scored five TD’s on the ground. This past fall, the versatile Krutzig nearly mirrored his junior stats by passing for 844 yards and seven touchdowns. He gained 364 yards rushing and scored four TD’s.
Although his numbers stayed consistent from his junior to senior year, Krutzig said he felt he had room for improvement.
“I set some goals at the beginning of the season and I met some of them but didn’t meet others,” Krutzig said. “I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get all my goals, but I thought as a team we had a pretty good year.”
The Knights lost 24-10 to Elk River in the Section 6AAAAA championship game, but it was the first time in his varsity career he made it to the section finals.
Taking his game from the football field to the basketball court, Krutzig will look to replace last year’s starting point guard Max Babb. Krutzig played in all 27 games last season and averaged three points and three assists per game. Babb was an all-conference player, averaging 10.1 points and 3.4 assists per game.
Krutzig knows he’s got some big shoes to fill, but said he is looking forward to the challenge, stepping in this year as the quarterback on the hardwoods.
“I’m really excited, it should be a lot of fun,” he said. “We don’t have Max, (Michael) Wiese and (Michael) Mooney out there anymore, so I’m going to look to score a little bit more this year.”
One guy who has confidence in his new senior point guard is STMA boys’ head coach Tim Anfenson.
“Cole played some point guard for us some last year and as a sophomore,” Anfenson said. “Plus, he’s been though the wars in football at quarterback, so he’s been in that focal point position before.”
Still, the role of point guard isn’t all about scoring. The thing that makes most quarterbacks and point guards so effective is their ability to see plays develop.
“When my dad used to work with us when we were little, we always were brought up being quarterbacks and point guards and I kind of fit that role after that,” Krutzig said.
When asked the similarities and differences between playing the two positions, he said it’s mostly about timing.
“It’s kind of the same deal. You have to get everybody in the right spots and get everybody on the same page before you can do things,” Krutzig said. “In basketball, there are not as many guys, but things are happening a lot faster. In football, you get a lot more time between plays and a lot more guys you have to make sure you know what they’re doing.”
If the basketball team is as fortunate as the football team, they likely have another all-conference player on the horizon.