Gamers of the Week

Male Gamer of the Week – Zach Bratton of Winfield High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to, Zach Bratton, Junior, Winfield High School.

By Casey Fallon, Potential Plus Director

Week by week the Winfield Generals are looking more like a team of destiny.  They are seemingly getting all the big plays at the right time; especially this past Friday when the Generals advanced to 7-2.  Playing Putnam county rival Buffalo, Winfield gave up a big touchdown run on the Bison’s first possession. However, with the leadership of running back Zach Bratton, the Generals managed to calm any thoughts of a disappointing loss on senior night.

Zach, behind a fearless offensive line, answered the Buffalo touchdown to bring the Generals within one.  Zach said of the early stages of the game, “We really fought hard in the first half. It was a little more emotional because of senior night and we have a shot at the playoffs. In the end, we treated it just like any other game.  They are a tough team, we just had to put our heads down and fight.”

After a low scoring first half that ended 7-6, both teams came out with some fireworks in the second.  Buffalo scored on two 70 plus yard runs in the final 3 minutes of the third quarter.   The sudden offensive explosion could have turned the tide in favor of the Bison if not for Bratton’s heroics.  After Dylan Lucas of Buffalo broke loose on a 75 yard run, Zach came to the rescue to save the game, and quite possibly the season.  Zach electrified the home crowd by returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, his second of the game.  “Zach’s return did it for us.  It kept us up two scores, which was huge” says Craig Snyder, Winfield’s head coach.

Zach has been a standout all season at running back, and with a resolute commitment to the running game he has been able to make a serious contribution to Winfield football’s resurrection this year.  Seemingly, without batting an eye, Zach has amassed over 1000 total yards rushing and receiving this season.  Even as he and his team enjoy unmatched success, Zach remains humble as he continues his efforts in school.  “We are students first, that is still more important” says Zach.  He and his parents Rusty Smith and Tracy Carter will soon be making decisions on where Zach will be looking for college, “No ideas yet, obviously playing football would be a dream come true,” says Zach.

Coach Snyder has been using Zach to shut down opposing offenses as well.  “He is the guy in charge of shadowing the other team’s best player.  He is very aggressive and very quick so he is having good success on both sides of the ball.”

On Friday the Generals will finish up the regular season at undefeated Mingo Central.  The game will be a big one and could help Winfield get a home playoff game.  “It would be great to open the playoffs at home.  It would be the first home playoff game since the late 80s,” says Snyder.   

Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.
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If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293