Many play, but few advance to the next level.Â Thousands of high school seniors will conclude their gridiron careers this fall.Â But that fact doesnâ€™t stop Lorenaâ€™s Zach Grimm from making the most of his final season.
â€œThe whole day at school on Fridays, you have little butterflies,â€ he admitted to Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald.Â â€œThen hanging out with the team before the game, getting suited up, that whole experience is awesome.Â By the time itâ€™s go time, youâ€™re ready.â€
Officially, the 5-9, 160-pounder plays safety for the Leopards.Â But coach Ray Biles has assigned Grimm a larger role.Â The defensive specialist calls the signals and makes certain every player know his assignment.
â€œHeâ€™s such a sharp kid,â€ Biles told Cherry.Â â€œHeâ€™s the quarterback of our secondary.â€
Last year, Grimm totaled 126 tackles including 67 solos, forced three fumbles with one recovery, broke up four passes, and grabbed three interceptions.Â His stats, bone-jarring tackling, intensity, and intelligence impressed Texas Football to select the safety as its preseason pick for District 7-4A defensive MVP.
â€œHe does a great job of filling the alley, and heâ€™ll get very physical with you in a hurry,â€ Biles remarked to the Trib.Â â€œHe packs a punch for a small kid which is nice.â€
In 2014, Lorena posted a 4-7 mark but made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.Â With seven returning defensive starters including Grimm and fellow all-district selections Blake Mitchell and Matt Moseley, the Leopards expect improvement and will strive for a deeper postseason run.
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re any bigger as a team this year than we were last year,â€ Grimm commented to Cherry.Â â€œBut size was never our thing.Â Weâ€™re never the biggest or the fastest out there.Â But weâ€™re going to play hard.â€