Friday night lights this last week will be a night to remember for the Zebras as they got the win 35-33. If you missed the game you missed out on the Zebras showing who they are they are as a team. They are a team that will not quit until the final whistle, a team that rose up, a team that embraced the grind. The momentum switched back and forth all night, big play after big play, but in the end, the defense got the final stop on 4th down to seal a much-deserved victory for everyone in the program.
A big reason the Zebras came out on top on Friday, was the 4 kids chosen as the week's players. It starts in preparation during the week. That is where some players can make the most impact on a game, and this week the JV player of the week was Abby Tietz. I heard Coach Hurt and Coach Key tell the young players the importance of knowing your role, and sometimes that means getting others ready to play, and always staying ready if your number is called. Abby is doing that, always working hard at practice, preparing for that future Friday night game when her name is called. The special team’s player of the week was Tate Hepler. Special teams are a small part of the game of football, but can be the difference in a win or a loss. The special teams’ play this week, especially on kickoff, went very well for Tate helper. Next is the defensive player of the week, which was Scout Cutsinger. Scout was involved in a ton of plays on that side of the ball, but one play, in particular, stood out. This play came with less than a minute to go in the first half, when Scout jumped in front of a slant route in the end zone, and intercepted the ball to keep the score tied going into halftime. Looking back on the play, I can honestly say changed the outcome in our favor. The last player of the week was on the offensive side of the ball, and that went to Eli Rogers. Eli lead the team in receiving yards, he had a rushing touchdown, and a passing touchdown on a beautiful trick play that jump-started the offensive explosion. Eli is solidifying himself as a real problem for defenses. When you have a player that can play wide receiver, running back, and occasionally quarterback, he is going to be really hard to stop. These four players have bright futures, and I can not wait to see what they have to offer the Zebras throughout the rest of the year.