Get some good blocks and he’s off to the races.
That’s what Cedar Park Christian running back Zach Wilkins has been up to this season.
The 5-foot-7, 165-pound junior especially made a ball-toting, foot-stomping statement when he racked up 299 yards on 23 carries for three touchdowns of 48, 71 and 85 yards last month in a game against Blaine. It was the Eagles’ only loss (27-23) in the squad’s 3-1 overall record and 1-0 mark in the 1A/2A/2B North Sound Conference.
In the biggest rushing game ever for the third-year varsity player, who took up the game in seventh grade, he was treated to open holes galore by his offensive-line teammates.
“It feels really good, obviously. When all the blocks work, it’s just perfect and you can just go down the field,” Wilkins said. “It’s awesome, no defenders in front of you. You just go and as fast as you can and you’re not worrying about I gotta make a cut, I gotta do all this. You’re just going and you get to the end zone as fast as you can.”
The former karate student, who participated in that sport long enough to achieve a purple belt, said that he took up football when his buddy asked him to try out. So, he put karate aside and strapped on pads and cleats for his new sports journey.
Some karate stuck with him to help in the football realm: “Just focusing on form and doing that type of stuff it really helps you out here on the football field, getting your footwork right, your handoffs and stuff,” said Wilkins, who also competes in the sprints and triple jump during track season.
For now, he’s pleased with what he’s seeing from the Eagles on the gridiron. He feels Cedar Park has improved with Butch Goncharoff in the head coaching spot the last two season.
“The school knows it, everybody knows it, everybody that’s played us knows it. This year we really have the mentality that we’re gonna win games and we’re gonna beat guys,” Wilkins said.
The Reporter asked Wilkins a series of questions for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into his life:
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Just work hard and you’re gonna get out what you put in.
What do you appreciate the most in life?
Getting that reward for what you’ve worked for.
What special skill would you like to learn?
I was gonna try pole vaulting in track, but it just didn’t work out with all the other events I had, but I’d really like to learn that. I think it looks really fun.
What superhero would you like to be?
I’d say Thor. He’s pretty cool.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When you’re in a group and everybody’s working hard and there’s one person that’s just not working their hardest and you can see it in the results.
What’s your dream vacation spot?
Who’s your idol growing up?
I really liked Marshawn Lynch when he was on the Seahawks, and then after he left he just had some questionable decisions.
What’s your favorite kind of music?
I listen to some rap, some pop. It really doesn’t matter to me, I’ll listen to a bunch of music, some country, too.
What was the last movie you saw?