ORWELL - Senior Zach Oscar wears many hats for the Grand Valley Mustangs. Coach John Glavickas has thrown a tremendous amount of responsibility at him this season and Oscar has willingly picked up the extra slack.
"He's done a lot for us and has played a ton of different roles," Glavickas said. "He has always wanted to play quarterback. He trained to be quarterback. We kind of put him in a tight end position, then we put him in a fullback position. He's really done a lot of things for us and never complained. Just a hard worker for us. So we are really hoping that for his senior year that he has a great year and that it all pays off with all the stuff that he has done for us. Last year, he was our punter by committee as well and will be again this year."
Oscar is not afraid of the responsibility that has been given to him, but is excited for the opportunity to help his team in any way he can.
"It feels great, I love to play and have responsibilities and do stuff for my team," Oscar said.
Although his quarterback spot is not completely guaranteed yet, Oscar is anxious to begin his leadership role.
"I like playing quarterback but I will play wherever I'm needed to play," Oscar said. "I like the options that you have with throwing and passing and the leadership it gives you."
In the 2013 season, the Mustangs went 5-5 on the year. Both Glavickas and Oscar agree that the hardest game of the season will be against Kirtland.
"Week 2 versus Kirtland will probably be the hardest game," Oscar said. "We had a rough time against them last year. We lost by a lot."
Oscar knows his team has the potential to do as well as they did in years prior though, and is excited to see what this year will bring them.
"I have good thoughts about this year," Oscar said. "We've been playing together since seventh and eighth grade so we know how everyone works together."
The hardest challenge of this season for Grand Valley is that, aside from a few guys, the team is young and inexperienced this year. Glavickas said they had to gel together in the offseason to be able to be successful in the regular season. The team's mantra, according to Glavickas, was they had "a lot of growing up to do in the offseason."
"We lost a lot of our players from last season," Glavickas said. "We had 15 letter winners returning last season. This season, we are pretty young. Four out of the five linemen this year are new. So they are going to have to get a chance to gel and grow up quickly. In our skill positions it's the same thing, we are really young There are a lot of question marks this year compared to years past. We kind of knew what we had going into the season, it's a lot of new kids and a lot of new faces."