SEYMOUR — Hunter Klakamp didn’t know it, but he played the entire football season with a shoulder injury.
The Seymour senior recently found out that he was injured the first week of the season. But that didn’t stop him from being a two-way starter and tying for the team lead with 10 touchdowns in earning The Republic’s Seymour High School Player of the Year honors.
“It was pretty painful, especially when I had to make tackles,” Klakamp said. “But after a while, it went numb, I had so much adrenaline going.”
Klakamp played running back, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and outside linebacker for the Owls, who went 5-6.
“He did everything for us,” Seymour coach Jeff Richey said. “We moved him all over the place. We weren’t real deep in some places, and he was kind of our all-around guy.”
“It was real tiring, but it was something I had to do for the team,” Klakamp said. “It felt good knowing I could contribute on both sides of the field.”
Klakamp carried 63 times for 457 yards and two touchdowns, caught 30 passes for 528 yards and seven scores, returned 14 punts for 230 yards and a touchdown, and completed 1 of 2 passes for 48 yards and a score. On defense, he recorded 18 tackles.
“He really developed from his junior year to his senior year and became one of our true team leaders,” Richey said.
After wrestling as a sophomore and participating in indoor track last winter, Klakamp went out for basketball this year and scored four points in the Owls’ season-opener before suffering a concussion. He had surgery last week to repair the torn labrum and will miss the rest of the season.
A regional track qualifier in the pole vault, Klakamp said he won’t be able to compete in that event in the spring because he won’t be able to raise his left arm for six months. But he still can compete in his other events — the long jump, shot put, 100 meters and 4x100 relay.
Klakamp, who carries a 3.75 grade-point average and is a member of the National Honor Society, is considering becoming a decathlete in college. He has received interest from some Division III schools for track and field.
“I like track better,” Klakamp said. “But (football) is definitely a game I love to play. I feel like we could have done a little better, but it was really nice to get the first sectional win of my varsity career.”