This ‘Zack of all Trades’ has surprised media corp with his performance through six (6) games
We were planning on writing a different article today than we ended up writing. It is similar to catching a hard hit ball hit right at your head. You catch it, or else…Anyway, Zack McCoart is rending a performance this season impossible to ignore.Fletcher W. Long, KPGFootball Senior Scout
Like many of you, I played little league baseball for my dad. Since I am writing this article on National Sons Day (September 27, 2022) thoughts of my relationship with my own father have traipsed through my mind all day long.
Sometimes baseball players catch line drives or hard thrown balls completely by accident. We’ve all done it. If you say you haven’t, you have just made me doubt you ever played baseball.
Well, anytime I would snow cone some ball, completely by accident, and hop around like I was Brooks Robinson my dad would say, “Nice catch, son! Now look in your other hand and see what you got.”
I hope you either find or found (whatever the case may be) your dad funny. Mine was a smart aleck.
Well, I mention this because this article started out being different from the way it ended. We were researching, and fully intended to write an article, about a player from Johnson Central High named Carter Conley.
We have followed Conley since he was in middle school. We admire his game. We like his family and particularly his dad.
We aren’t saying we won’t come back later and write a feature about Carter Conley. We have done it before and we are quite sure Conley’s performance will merit a return engagement.
However, that aside, a deep dive into the statistics of the Johnson Central varsity football team led us to studying and coming away impressed with the year Zack McCoart is having. You might say the ’25 prospect, who is 5’10,” and weighs 185-pounds, is a “Zack of all trades (and master of more than his share).”
First of all, McCoart plays RB on offense and OLB when he gets defensive run. So far, on offense over the first six (6) games of his sophomore season, McCoart has gained 648-yards on 81-carries scoring eight (8)-rushing TD’s.
McCoart leads the team in rushing yards, rushing TD’s scored, carries, receptions, yards receiving, and TD’s receiving. McCoart is among the team leaders in fumble recoveries (tied for team lead) and passes defended or broken up in spite of his getting limited defensive run owing to his value to the offense.
McCoart has scored this year rushing, receiving, and has registered a pair of 2-pointers on special teams to give him three-phase scoring prowess. Little wonder he is Johnson Central’s leading offensive scorer so far this season.
What did we say about him being a Zack of all trades?
The Eagles are 4-2, thus far, and for the Eagle program such an early season record is embarrassing. However, the Eagles dropped a one-pointer to 5A, North Laurel, and lost a game to Ironton, OH. Some of you may not realize the significance of the loss to Ironton, especially since it was just by 11-points (32-21).
Ironton is 6-0 this year, is one of the best programs at its level of play in the entire state of Ohio, yearly challenges for the Ohio title at its level of play, is 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference, and has only allowed 75-points in 6-games.
Heck, 21 of those points were surrendered to Johnson Central. The Eagles scored more than twice as many points as what Ironton is accustomed to yielding.
So, back to our opening salvo; KPGFootball got on line to write a different article, featuring a different player, then the player we ended up featuring. It was similar to catching a line drive hit so hard at a fielder the fielder has little choice but to snow cone the ball into the webbing of his glove.
“Nice catch, son. Now look in your other hand and see what you got!”
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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