In the upset win Luetjen was a huge force on defense and in the first half it seemed like the PA announcer at Yukon High School was calling his name on the tackle on every play. Millwood eventually started double teaming and, at times, triple teaming the 6-3, 270 -pounder.
On offense, he was every bit as impressive running downfield after getting his block at the line of scrimmage and assaulting the Falcons linebackers and secondary. Luetjen would come up on them and hit them so hard by extending his arms that the violent blows put them on the ground.
"Yes sir, I really enjoyed the win," said Luetjen upon hearing the compliments. "Defensively, I have never been more proud of the teammates than any of the teams that I have been on. We came in and had one goal and we went after it.
"I can't wait for the game this week. I'm very excited. It is a dream come true, We had the goal to play in it last season (when my brother was a senior) and now we are playing in it our senior year."
Luetjen finished the semifinal win with 13 total tackles and seven of those tackles were unassisted. On the season Go Pokes has him at 72 tackles with nine sacks. Those are outstanding numbers for a defensive tackle.
In the Millwood game we were very impressed with the way he played in the "A" gap, a true one technique and created so much havoc with his penetration into a stout Falcons offensive line. Seeing the tape of that game ought to move him up some with college coaches that have been sitting on the fence like Oklahoma State.
He has offers from Army, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, and Dartmouth. A 4.0 GPA student with a 24 on the ACT he is in good shape there.
The state championship game does present a little bit of a family problem as his older brother Matt will be playing in his first Army-Navy game this Saturday. The Army cadet Matt Luetjen is on two special teams and backs up at safety, according to his father, a Hennessey assistant coach.
Matt will have to understand as his family will be there in spirit and through the DVR.
"Army-Navy, I really wanted to go to that game," said Derrick. "Army is in the Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas against SMU and we will go see that game. Matt understands that this is the state championship and he's definitely excited for me and all of us at Hennessey."
My advice is to be at Boone Pickens Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday if you want to see a very physical two-way lineman in action.