Lakers’ Crouch set for position move

Kenny Crouch

In the world of Division VI high school football, there are plenty of opportunities to find playing time at the varsity level.

Kenny Crouch, a senior at Pymatuning Valley, is someone who’s taken the opportunities given to him — and he’s taken full advantage of them.

Being one of only two seniors on the team has made Crouch become a leader for the Lakers.

“Last year for me, I was the only junior because the other junior that played, hurt his knee his sophomore year, so he was out. So being the only junior it was kind of hard trying to be part of a leader, and a person that would be there,” Crouch said.

“I was on the line last year, so being the smallest guy on the line I had to step my game up,” he said.

Crouch played both offensive and defensive line for the Lakers in 2018, where he chalked up 36 solo tackles and 37 assisted tackles for a total of 73 tackles.

He also accumulated four sacks, and three hurries in 2018, while also recovering a fumble.

This season, his role will be a bit different, as coach Neal Croston has decided to move Crouch to the fullback position. Crouch still looks to be a major voice in the Pymatuning Valley locker room.

“Being that this is such a young team, you’ve got to have somebody that will be willing to step up, because I’ve played all four years of varsity, starting as a freshman,” Crouch said. “So I’ve pretty much came up through the ropes and learned how coach wants it done.

“You got to do it this way, and keep the team going as it should.” Crouch said.

Looking back, varsity football has flown by for Crouch.

“I’ve wanted it to last longer, but at the same time it goes by really fast without you knowing it.”

The Lakers do have an interesting schedule this fall, as they’ll play both Southington and Newbury twice in the regular season.

“It might come down to, you have to change positions because teams will scout you,” he said “Then they’ll have it targeted, so you only get started on this play, and then they’ll single people out individually.”

Crouch is going to embrace his senior season, and has goals in mind going into the 2019 campaign.

“Just have fun, be a leader, be willing to step up, and overcome your challenges.”

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