Delaware High School Athlete of the Week Nov. 5: Zach Wright

Delaware High School Athlete of the Week Nov. 5: Zach Wright

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Delaware High School Athlete of the Week Nov. 5: Zach Wright

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Zach Wright

Senior * St. Georges * football

THE WEEK: Completed 5 of 6 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns as St. Georges, ranked second in Division II, rallied from a 23-7 deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat third-ranked Caravel 27-23 on Saturday.

THE DESPERATION: The Hawks had only attempted 44 passes all season, as Wright primarily hands off to fullback Tymiere Griffin and twin halfbacks Taronn and Keyjuan Selby. But they were forced to pass Saturday, and Wright came through. “He’s a great leader. He didn’t crumble to the pressure,” St. Georges coach J.D. Maull said of Wright. “He knew he had to make some plays for us, and he did.”

THE PREPARATION: Maull admits he is tough on his quarterbacks, and Wright has heard criticism from his coach many times. “You do get a tongue lashing, and it’s me and him, one-on-one at practice in the center of the field,” Wright said. “He’s watching me. … All it was, he was preparing me for this big moment.”

THE VERSATILITY: Wright holds for kicker Patrick King on PATs and field goals. He also serves as the Hawks’ long snapper on punts, the only time he plays defense. “It’s nice to go down and hit somebody every once in a while,” Wright said.

THE MOTIVATION: “It was the last couple of minutes of the fourth quarter, and coach [Jeff] Rodgers, the defensive coordinator, came up and said, ‘Whatever you’ve got, I’ve got to have it,’ ” Wright said. “Everybody’s heads were getting down. Right when he said that, it sparked the rest of the team.”

THE LEADERSHIP: Wright kept the Hawks pumped up in the huddle during the fourth-quarter comeback. “He’s a real leader,” said tight end Jiare Hicks, who caught the winning 52-yard touchdown pass from Wright with 1:13 to play. “Every guy has their ups and downs, but he finds a way to pull through.”

THE CLASSROOM: Rodgers teaches Wright’s favorite class, contemporary citizenship. “It’s learning about banking, getting in the real world,” Wright said. “I like practical things like that.”

THE FUTURE: “I was thinking about sticking with plumbing, because I’m in the plumbing trade,” Wright said. “Williamson Trade School could get me further into construction and they’ve got football there, so if I need to play football I will.”

– Brad Myers

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