October 25, 2017 06:40 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The Grand Meadow Superlarks football team is seeking their 5th consecutive 9-man state football championship this fall—their star running back and linebacker, Zach Myhre, gives the Superlarks a chance to repeat in November.
“He comes to practice every day wanting to work hard, wanting to lead,” Superlarks head football coach Gary Sloan said. “He kind of gets after other people if they aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and you never have to worry about him showing up ready to play.”
Sloan said Myhre, who has served a key role over the past few years in Grand Meadow, has the “attitude” of a football player.
“Zach loves to play football,” Sloan said. “He loves the physical part of football. He’s not a flashy runner, he’s a power-runner, he just loves to run over you, and he plays the same way on defense.”
Myhre has been shouldering the load on both sides of the ball this season for the Superlarks (7-2).
“I go into every game thinking it’s my last,” Myhre said. “You never know when you’re going to play that last play, you never know if you’re going to get injured, and with playoffs now, you never know if it’s going to be your last game. I go into every game thinking it’s my last.”
“(Having that mentality) makes me play harder. Just makes me play my heart out every single play. Even when you’re really tired, you just have to dig deep and find that little bit and play hard.”
In 2016, Myhre was former Grand Meadow running back and 2016 Minnesota Mr. Football Finalist Christophor Bain’s offensive backfield mate. This season, Myhre has filled the void created by Bain, as he’s the Superlarks’ leading rusher—or in Sloan’s words, “Mr. Everything.”
“We don’t have the depth that we’ve had in past years, so we’ve asked Zach to do so many things, and he’s been up for the task in every one of them,” Sloan said. “I try to limit him as much as I can because we want him to stay healthy and luckily, he’s been able to stay healthy. If we’re going to do anything, he’s going to have to play well and lead us.”
Myhre has even been recognized from afar—he recently received a nomination to play in the Nokaoi Senior Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Coming from a small school like this and getting recognized for a bowl game in Hawaii, that’s just huge,” Myhre, who said he’s not sure whether or not he will participate in the week of events, which takes place from July 3-10, said.
“He’s made quite the name for himself statewide, even nationally,” Sloan added “It says leaps and bounds about the kind of player he is.”
On Wednesday, Myhre received a collegiate scholarship offer from Southwest Minnesota State University (where Bain currently plays football), and he’s received interest from the University of South Dakota. Myhre has also visited Winona State University (former Superlarks Michael Stejskal, Terrell Rieken, and Landon Jacobson are all playing football at Winona State).
The focus right now for Myhre though isn’t on the next level of football or the possibility of playing in a Senior Bowl—it’s on the playoffs, and getting the Superlarks, a no.4 seed in the Section 1 9-Man playoffs this season, back to another state championship game.
“Maybe being an underdog isn’t such a bad thing,” Myhre said. “It’s kind of fun when people doubt you sometimes, but hopefully we can keep winning.”
Myhre and the Superlarks play at Spring Grove on Saturday. The Superlarks have ended Spring Grove's season each of the past five seasons.
Created: October 25, 2017 06:40 PM
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