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Senior Spotlight: Rock Bridge’s Zach Reuter leads by example

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:54 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 26, 2013

COLUMBIA — Senior receiver Zach Reuter of Rock Bridge football lined up wide right. Looking poised, he was ready for the snap.

Junior quarterback Logan Twehous snapped the ball. Reuter took off and crossed through the middle of the field, getting wide open. Twehous locked on to his target and zipped the ball to Reuter.

Reuter caught it with ease. End zone.

Reuter does his talking on the field with plays like this. Being a senior and a second-year starter, players naturally look at Reuter as one of the leaders on the team, but he prefers to let his hard work on the field guide them.

"I like to lead more by example," Reuter said. "I don’t really go and tell people how to do things. I help them by showing them how."

The younger players might want to take note, too. In Reuter's first year as a starter last season, he racked up 49 receptions, 772 yards and nine touchdowns. He also plays on defense, where he starts at safety.

Reuter's success on the field comes from his speed, hands and height. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Reuter runs a 4.5-second 40-yard time and has a 35-inch vertical leap. Another one of Reuter's strong suits is his work ethic off the field, something coach A.J. Ofodile stresses is just as important as football. Reuter has maintained a 4.0 GPA and hopes to major in engineering in college.

If you ask Reuter about his success, though, he might credit God as one of the reasons for his success. Before every game, Reuter always makes sure to say a quick prayer personally and with his team.

"I definitely pray before and after games," Reuter said. "Whenever I make a play or need to make a play, I’ll say a quick prayer and hope the Heavenly Father gets us some help."

Reuter did make big plays in the Bruins' season opener against De Smet Jesuit High School last week, too. Reuter capped off the game with a 61-yard touchdown catch from Twehous, putting Rock Bridge ahead 41-35 and eventually giving them the victory. He finished the game with seven receptions, 186 yards and three touchdowns.

The Friday numbers show a strong start to his season. Reuter, though, isn’t really worried about his personal stats but is focused on helping win a championship for his team.

"Ultimately, we want to win a state championship," Reuter said. "We have the weapons to do it."

And as a senior, this is the year for Reuter to lead those weapons.

Supervising editor is Greg Bowers.


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