The Bloomer Blackhawks football team leads the Heart of the North with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. A big part of their success can be attributed to this week’s Gordy's Athlete of the Week, running back Colton Seibel , who is racking up touchdowns and yards at an amazing pace.
In just 7 games this year, Seibel has racked up an outstanding 1,194 yards including back to back 250 yard performances and 24 touchdowns and keeps getting stronger as the season progresses.
"At the scrimmage I hurt my ankle and at the Somerset I hurt the other one, and now they are starting to get healthy and I am running a lot better and stronger"
Bloomer head coach John Post likes the attitude that Seibel brings to the team.
"He worked really hard in the offseason; he is a tough kid and good football player. He is a team player and is very complimentary of his line. We tease him sometimes that I could run through some of those holes he gets to run through."
An added benefit to having Seibel in the backfield is the respect defenders have for the running game, which in turn opens up the Bloomer passing game for quarterback Matt Salm.
"Oh, it helps out a lot. It helps out a lot when they can commit more people to the box and get more play action and get more people open"
Seibel knows the run and pass go hand and hand in the Blackhawks offense.
"The run really goes off the pass and the pass goes off the run and it really goes back to our offensive line. Pretty much everyone is a two year starter and they really help us out a lot."
The Blackhawks and Seibel are motivated by an early season loss to Somerset, and since losing that game are a perfect 6-0 and stand 6-1 overall.
"We were so mad, that really fuelled us to get it going. This is my last year, pretty much all of us starters are seniors, we are setting our goals high and reaching for the stars."
With the numbers that Colton Seibel is putting up, John Post thinks there is a good chance we will see him busting big runs in college as well.
"When they are seniors in high school they haven't even started to develop what the can possibly do. It's a good bench mark, but boy he has a lot of potential."