TIOGA (WBNG) -- Tioga Tigers senior running back and defensive back Nick Klossner is 12 Sports Athlete of the Week.
"He has a talented skill set that you don't typically find at such a small school," Tioga head coach Nick Aiello said Monday before practice.
"We know every week we're going to get the best out of him, and he's going to go out there and perform," senior quarterback and linebacker Connor Hutchinson added.
Following Friday night's 63-42 sectional championship victory over top-seeded Sidney, the two-way senior earned MVP honors.
"Everybody knows he's a great athlete, and just having him on the field, the defense has to prepare for him all week, and it's just a great thing for us," Hutchinson said.
Four of his 13 touchdowns and two of his five interceptions this season came in that Class D title game against Sidney.
"He never really ceases to amaze me," added Aiello. "He pulls out things on the game field that really when you go back and see him on film, they're really kind of eye-popping."
Klossner made the most of his touches against the Warriors, rushing for 178 yards on just seven carries.
"He's been stepping it up here his senior year, and I think Friday night was just a culmination of three years of experience, and a senior really maturing, and having the game that he needed to have for us in the sectional championship game," Aiello said of Klossner's MVP performance.
But success has been hard to come by for Klossner.
"When I got hurt, it really hurt me, because I couldn't play with the guys I love," Klossner said.
Last year, he broke his collar bone in week two against Newark Valley, forcing him to miss the remainder of his junior season.
"He's such a passionate player," said Hutchinson. "He wants to be in, but he took the rest of the year off and got healthy. Now he's back, and he's a great weapon for us."
A dangerous weapon shooting for the stars.
"I want to win a state championship, and you have to work hard to get there, and that's in the back of my mind."
Tioga is just three wins away from winning another state title as Klossner and the Tigers take on Dolgeville in the state regionals Friday at 4 p.m. at Union-Endicott's Ty Cobb Stadium.