Tyler Finnes (Andover) – Athlete of the Week

Posted: October 26, 2010 in 2010 Football Season
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From StarTribune.com

TYLER FINNES
Andover, football

After Andover’s undefeated season went poof with back-to-back losses, the senior quarterback knew it was time for the Huskies to stop hurting themselves. And, as he had all season, he was willing to take the lead.

He rushed 30 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns and completed 11 of 21 passes for 178 yards and another score to lift Andover to a 29-26 victory over Osseo.

“In the two losses, the problem was mostly mental mistakes,” Finnes said. “We weren’t right in the head.”

As leaders often do, Finnes refused to say that he was determined to put the team on his back, but admitted that the numbers don’t lie.

“It’s part of being a senior leader,” Finnes said. “I didn’t feel like I had to carry the team, but that’s how it turned out. That wasn’t my mindset, though.”

Finnes said that the victory over Osseo, a team that was previously undefeated in the Northwest Suburban, was just what the Huskies (6-2) needed going into the postseason.

“It was definitely satisfying,” he said. “I knew our team still felt confident, but you don’t want to go into the section [playoffs] with a three-game losing streak.”

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