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“Took it 82 [yards] to the house,” Stalock said. “They were supposed to have a pretty good quarterback that year, but they came into our barn for homecoming and we took it to them pretty good.”
In addition to his time in the secondary, Stalock was also the team’s long snapper, a skill he picked up by horsing around with his buddies.
“I think we were just screwing around and the coach said, ‘Wow, you’re pretty decent at it, you can be our long snapper,'” Stalock said. “I was probably 155 pounds soaking wet, long snapping. I had fun with it though. My sophomore year, my buddy’s older brother was our punter. Oh man, we had some good times. I gave him some bad snaps and it made for a circus some nights, but it was fun.” Veteran coming to Jesus to the beautiful world poster
While the pressures of backstopping an NHL team provides plenty of nerves, Stalock said there were more than a few snaps on extra points and punts that made him think.
“When we started winning ball games, and it was fun, you had to have a decent snap,” Stalock said.
Stalock and his teammates endured an 0-9 season when he was a sophomore. The rebuilding Packers were young, and Stalock was among a host of skill position players seeing regular time on the field that season.
But that experience paid off.
By his junior season, the Packers were better, posting a 5-4 record and losing to St. Thomas Academy in the section playoffs.
Stalock left South St. Paul before his senior season to play junior hockey in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, but the guys he grew up playing football with went 9-2 and made it to the state tournament that fall.
“It paid off down the road, but that first year was pretty dang tough,” Stalock said.
As a goaltender, Stalock said the physicality of football translated well to the ice. Playing in the blue paint, he learned how to take a bump.
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