Isaac Tangen

Posted at: 11/13/2013 6:51 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- As an offensive lineman, Isaac Tangen doesn't hear his name announced when his team scores.

"You don't always get the credit and that's alright," Tangen said.

But without him, those points aren't possible.

"We're making the holes for Landon (Jacobson) and Trenton (Bleifus) and all the other backs and receivers that we have," Tangen said.

When those players score, all of Tangen's hard work is validated.

"When they get big runs, big plays, it just makes you feel good because you know you did something right and it makes us look good because they look good," Tangen said.

"All of my backs and receivers would tell you that it all starts at the offensive line. That's where the game is really won and lost," Grand Meadow head coach Gary Sloan said.

If that statement holds true, the line has earned the team 11 wins on the season, most recently against Mountain Lake in the nine-man state quarterfinals.

"I wouldn't even hesitate to say that (we wouldn't be here without him). He is the leader at the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense for us," Sloan said.

Tangen has led his team to the biggest stage of their high school careers, the Metrodome, where the Superlarks will see Kittson County in the state semifinals on Friday.

"Four good teams left; hopefully, we can be the best," Tangen said.