As NFL season gets underway, every fantasy football owner is looking for a running back who can put up big numbers. The kind of numbers Doherty’s Zach Young is posting.
The senior has been unstoppable through two games, rushing for 454 yards and nine touchdowns in leading his Spartans to a 2-0 start.
Young is fourth in the state in rushing yards, and of all running backs in the country who have played just two games, Young ranks 28th in total rushing yards.
“If you can get Zach 20-25 touches per game he’s going to break at least three of them,” said Doherty coach David Joyce. “He’s getting fewer touches than last season, but we’re spreading it out a little bit more and using our depth. The philosophy is the same, but the look is a little different.”
The look has been good for the Spartans. Not only have they started the year with two blowout victories, but the success has come against teams which ran them off the field to start last season.
Doherty was beaten 48-22 by Liberty and 56-0 by Eaglecrest to start 2012. This season, the Spartans defeated those two teams by a combined 98-34, and Young has been the catalyst.
“This year with the senior group we have, there is an energy going into Doherty football that we haven’t had the past few years,” Young said. “We have enough plays to spread teams out and let me work off of what they’re doing. We feel like everybody in the program has bought into it, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves yet. We have to keep working.”
Joyce points out that Young’s incredible 221-yard, six touchdown performance against Eaglecrest came in just three quarters, as Young sat out the final 12 minutes of the blowout.
“That game was pretty sweet for him because last year he had one of his worst games against Eaglecrest,” Joyce said. “It’s always great to start 2-0, especially since we didn’t play well against those teams last year.”
Young is the vocal leader on the team. When the Spartans need some motivation, he is the first guy to open his mouth. But Young understands that none of his success would be possible without the hard work of his offensive line.
“We feel like our offensive line isn’t the biggest, but they have a lot of heart and they’ve put in a lot work in off-season,” Young said. “We’ve been running a zone scheme and I’m just working off of what they’re doing. They get to the next level and allow me to get into space.”
OTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK
Braden Bentley, Mesa Ridge
The sophomore carded a bogey-free round of 6-under 66 to win the Gladiator Invitational at Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club. Bentley finished four strokes ahead of Coronado sophomore Isaac Petersilie for individual honors.
Mallorie Trichell, Woodland Park
In five games last week Trichell picked up three pitching wins, giving up only four earned runs in 25 innings and striking out 19. She also did damage at the plate, driving in seven runs and scoring six more. The Panthers are off to a 6-3 start.
Girls’ Cross Country
Katie Rainsberger, Air Academy
The sophomore won the girls’ race at the St. Vrain/Lyons Cross Country Invitational with a time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds, besting second-place Kaitlyn Benner of Monarch by nearly a full minute.
Alexa Smith, Lewis-Palmer
In six matches last week – all Lewis-Palmer wins – Smith tallied 73 kills, 35 digs and nine aces. The junior also led the Rangers to the championship of the Lewis-Palmer Tournament, as the team swept all four matches over Berthoud, Montrose, Gunnison and Valley.
Boys’ Cross Country
Adam Egger, Coronado
The Coronado boys’ team placed three runners in the top five at the Lake County Invitational, led by winner Egger, to dominate the meet. Egger finished in 17:32, which was 13 seconds better than Salida’s Taylor Stack.
Tyler Lashley and Zach Kearse, Peyton
The duo came up huge in a 41-6 win over rival Calhan. Lashley passed for 56 yards and ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Kearse carried the ball 13 times for 126 yards – an average of almost 10 yards per carry – and scored three times for the Panthers.
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Alyssa McDowell, Rampart softball pitcher.