Engler to join Quincy Hawks sprint football
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By Anthony Jones
Triad senior Nate Engler always wanted to play collegiate football, but knew being undersized could put a snare in that dream.
But Quincy University reached out to the Triad offensive lineman about an opportunity he had never heard of before: sprint football. Unlike conventional football, sprint football has a weight limit for all players of 178 points.
“I’ve always been undersized, so this is perfect,” Engler remarked about the weight restricted sport.
Beyond playing football as a Knight, Engler has also competed for their wrestling and track and field teams. The future Hawk is also considering wrestling while at Quincy.
Quincy competes in the Midwest Sprint Football League, which held its inaugural season last fall. The Hawks finished fourth place in a still expanding league that features Fontbonne and Bellarmine among several other area schools..
Engler discussed his choice to play for Quincy, “I wanted to stay close to home and I knew it was awesome there. They also wanted me more than anyone else.”
While the MSFL is a young league, sprint football has been played for decades on the east coast in the Collegiate Sprint Football League. Members of the CSFL include military and Ivy League schools.
“It means everything. I never thought I’d be able to do that,” the recent commit spoke of his opportunity to continue his football career beyond high school.
Engler expressed his gratitude for, “My mom Kary, she is an incredible person, and the rest of my family.”