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Bridgeport’s Zach Rohrig considers successful the Warner Award a crew accolade

All through his standout profession at Bridgeport Excessive College, Zach Rohrig has at all times been fast to show consideration from particular person honors to crew success.

With out immediate, Rohrig is first in line to present credit score to the Indians’ offensive line for paving the way in which for any yardage gained by himself or his teammates within the backfield.

These tendencies weren’t about to alter even with an accolade on an even bigger stage, as Rohrig has been chosen because the 2023 Curt Warner Award winner, given yearly to the state’s high working again by the West Virginia Sports activities Writers Affiliation.

“I’m honored and I’m humbled,” Rohrig mentioned. “It’s undoubtedly thrilling to win this honor. However the factor is, despite the fact that I do know it is going to have my title on it, this can be a crew award. It’s a mirrored image of the success we had as a crew and it’s a mirrored image of how onerous the offensive line works.

“Regardless of if it was Kamar (2022 Stydahar Award Winner Kamar Summers) and all people final yr or Beau and Wes (2023 first-team all-staters Beau Ford and Wes Brown) and all people this yr, the offensive line was every part for me. I couldn’t have carried out any of it with out them.”

Rohrig, who earlier this month was named a Class AAA First-Workforce All-State working again for the second-consecutive yr, completed his senior season with 1,822 dashing yards on 237 makes an attempt and 25 touchdowns. He additionally had one other stellar yr as a defensive again, ending 2023 with 35 tackles, three interceptions, a pressured fumble and a fumble restoration.

His 1,822 yards and 25 TDs had been the largest chunk of the Indians’ most-prolific offense at school historical past as they completed with 5,420 yards and 82 touchdowns — each totals setting new college data. He additionally handed former BHS greats (all first-team all-state gamers) like Wes Tonkery, Dylan Tonkery, C.R. Rohrbough, Alex Sutton, Dante Bonamico, Anthony Bonamico, Brett Hathaway, Cam Cole and Corey Wagner, all the way in which to No. 3 on the varsity’s all-time dashing listing with 3,671 yards, trailing solely Jake Bowen (4,406) and Steve Stout (3,724).

“Zach had an important season for us and actually made our offense go,” BHS coach Tyler Phares mentioned. “He averaged 9 yards per carry for his profession. However the factor about Zach, he additionally blocked. If he didn’t have the ball, he was blocking for any individual else. He was nice on protection for us, he was nice on particular groups for us. Zach is every part you need in a soccer participant and every part you need in a Warner Award winner.”

Rohrig additionally had his finest performances in opposition to Bridgeport’s stiffest competitors.

In opposition to Morgantown, Rohrig carried the ball 33 instances for 182 yards and a landing in a 22-14 loss. His numbers for the Fairmont Senior recreation had been 226 yards on 31 carries and two TDs in a 40-20 win.

In a matchup with Parkersburg South, Rohrig had 167 yards on 26 carries and three scores in a 48-13 win for the Indians.

Within the 28-21 victory in opposition to Linsly, Rohrig had 156 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.

In a 28-27 opening-round playoff victory in opposition to George Washington, Rohrig had 161 yards on 19 carries and one landing. He adopted that with 108 yards on 14 carries and two TDs in a 41-21 win over top-seeded Cabell Midland within the quarterfinals.

Within the Indians’ last recreation of the season, a wild 73-70 loss to Princeton within the semifinals, Rohrig had 105 yards and two touchdowns earlier than being pressured out of the sport when he suffered a stress fracture in his foot.

“I feel the final recreation I used to be 100% wholesome was the Fairmont Senior recreation (Week 4), mentioned Rohrig, who had additionally battled a nagging groin harm for many of the season. “I simply wished to be on the market with my brothers, doing no matter I might to assist us win. In opposition to Princeton, on that first landing catch by (Dom) Collins, I got here down and I felt one thing wasn’t proper. It wasn’t that dangerous at first nevertheless it saved getting worse the extra I performed and it obtained to the purpose I couldn’t stand on it and I couldn’t return in.”

Though that recreation didn’t end up the way in which Bridgeport or Rohrig would have most well-liked, he can already replicate positively on the yr and his profession.

“We had an important yr, we completed 11-2, made it to the semifinals,” Rohrig mentioned. “Final yr we made it to the quarterfinals, my sophomore yr we made it to the semifinals. “It’s been nice and I wouldn’t commerce the previous couple of years for something.”

The Warner Award is known as in honor of Curt Warner, who was an all-state working again at Pineville Excessive College earlier than transferring on to turn out to be an All-American at Penn State and an All-Professional with the Seattle Seahawks.  

Rohrig will likely be acknowledged on the 77th annual Victory Awards Dinner on Could 5, 2024 at River Metropolis in Wheeling.

Along with Rohrig, different gamers who acquired votes for the Warner Award embody Parkersburg South’s Gage Wright, Cabell Midland’s Curtis Jones, Hurricane’s Noah Vellathambi, Princeton’s Marquel Lowe, Tyler Consolidated’s Sean Winfrey, Cameron’s Klypson Wallace and Weir’s Corey Lyons.

BY CHRIS JOHNSON/Join-Bridgeport

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