Humphrey Family Honors A Son At State Championship Game

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

"It's a pretty good feeling," said Trent Classen who led Humphrey St. Francis to a state championship as quarterback in 2009.

His older brother, Derek, led the team to the state title game as quarterback two years prior. This year, their younger brother, Nathan, led St. Francis to the title game. Nathan's experience is vastly different. He dedicated his game to another brother, Austin, who died in a car accident three years ago on his way to church.

"Nathan is playing with all his heart for his younger brother, Austin, who is in Heaven watching over him," said Sandy Classen, the mother of all four boys. "He is looking down on the whole team. He was a little brother to all of them, the whole team was so awesome."

Austin was a water boy for his brother, Derek, who saw great potential in him.

"He would have been a good player. He would have been built and been fast. I know. I played catch with him at home everyday," said Derek.

"I miss him very much," said Trent.

"It's faith, family and friends that get you through everything," said Sandy.

Giltner defeated Humphrey St. Francis by a score of 42-26 to win the class D2 Championship.


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