By Mark Maxwell
For the first time in school history, Oswego East football is off to a 3-0 start.
Junior linebacker Zach Prinz led the Wolves to an impressive 14-7 overtime win over Plainfield East last Friday. Midway through the fourth quarter, both defenses were pitching shutouts. Two late touchdowns brought the score to 7-7 as regulation came to an end. Running back Khalil Driver’s 10-yard scamper gave the Wolves a 14-7 lead on the first play in overtime. Paced by Prinz, the Oswego East defense secured the win with a defensive stand on the next series.
Throughout his playing days, Prinz has played all over the field. From defensive line to strong safety, he now has found a home as an outside linebacker in a blitz-heavy 3-4 defense.
The versatile linebacker is really enjoying his new position and loves nothing more than to disrupt the opponent’s offensive attack. The Wolves pass rush was a large reason they were able to knock off Plainfield East last week.
“I’m more of a blitzing type of guy. I love to do it. I love to cause that pressure,” Prinz said. “Even if I’m not getting the tackle, I’m forcing the quarterback to pull down and switch up his plan.”
The Wolves’ quality tackling and run gap discipline held the Plainfield East offense to only 43 rushing yards in regulation and overtime. Prinz recorded 6 tackles in the win, 4 of which were for a loss. In the Wolves’ season opener, Prinz led the team with 14 tackles and 3 sacks.
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Coach Tyson LeBlanc loves what Prinz brings to the football field.
“He definitely understands leverage. He is able to get underneath peoples shoulder pads and does a great job of using his hands to shed blocks and get off blocks,” LeBlanc said. “He’s explosive enough of a kid that once he does shed those blocks, he can ‘beeline’ and he is a very good tackler.”
Prinz and the Wolves will host a very good Plainfield South (2-1) squad this Friday night. South is coming off of a rather impressive overtime victory too, as they overcame a 27-point deficit to defeat Plainfield North last week.