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Holley senior Zach Day to play collegiate football at Gannon University

Contributed Story Posted 6 February 2017 at 6:09 pm

Contributed Photo – Holley High senior Zach Day gets congratulations from Hawks Coach Wil Prince after signing to play football at Gannon University.

For Holley High senior Zach Day, a dream came true when he signed with Gannon University on February 1 to play Division II football.

Day has played football for Holley since seventh grade, and he started playing on the varsity team mid-way through his freshman year. He played tailback on offense and  linebacker on defense for the  Hawks.

He was named to the Genesee Region League All-Star second team as a sophomore and to the first team the last two years. As a defensive player, he had 85 tackles this past year, with 51 of them solo,  5 sacks and 8 tackles for a loss. As an offensive player, he ran a total of 524 yards and had 4 touchdowns.

“I can honestly say that I don’t feel anyone has had more of an impact on our program for the last three years than Zach,” said Varsity Football Coach Wil Prince. “He is one of those special players that you feel privileged to have had the opportunity to coach him. When I would pull him from a game due to injury, he would protest and tell me, ‘But my teammates need me.’ I have never met a more selfless player, always putting his team’s achievements before his own. He has been a three-year starter for our team, and he has worked extremely hard on the field and in the classroom. Zach is respected by all the coaches in the county and they speak very highly of him. Opposing teams strategize how to play against him; he is a player to be reckoned with. He plays football with respect for the game and his opponents. I am extremely proud of Zach and wish him well.”

“I am so proud of Zach and all that he has accomplished both on and off the field,” said District Superintendent Robert D’Angelo. “I wish him continued success and have no doubt that he will become an asset to the football program at Gannon.”

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Zach Day (20) follows blocker Dalton Moyer (18) during action this past football season.