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Zach Grimm: Little Big Man

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hillmanMany play, but few advance to the next level.  Thousands of high school seniors will conclude their gridiron careers this fall.  But that fact doesn’t stop Lorena’s Zach Grimm from making the most of his final season.

“The whole day at school on Fridays, you have little butterflies,” he admitted to Brice Cherry of the Waco Tribune-Herald.  “Then hanging out with the team before the game, getting suited up, that whole experience is awesome.  By the time it’s go time, you’re ready.”

Officially, the 5-9, 160-pounder plays safety for the Leopards.  But coach Ray Biles has assigned Grimm a larger role.  The defensive specialist calls the signals and makes certain every player know his assignment.

“He’s such a sharp kid,” Biles told Cherry.  “He’s the quarterback of our secondary.”

Last year, Grimm totaled 126 tackles including 67 solos, forced three fumbles with one recovery, broke up four passes, and grabbed three interceptions.  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.

“He does a great job of filling the alley, and he’ll get very physical with you in a hurry,” Biles remarked to the Trib.  “He packs a punch for a small kid which is nice.”

In 2014, Lorena posted a 4-7 mark but made the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.  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.

“I don’t think we’re any bigger as a team this year than we were last year,” Grimm commented to Cherry.  “But size was never our thing.  We’re never the biggest or the fastest out there.  But we’re going to play hard.”

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