Alex Brasky | @BataviasBest
Friday, November 3, 2017 | BataviasBest.org
After eclipsing 2,000 yards rushing for the season in the Dragons Semifinal loss to Clyde-Savannah last week, Pembroke’s Zach von Kramer was awarded the Section V Class D 2017 Offensive Player of the Year Award – edging out Alexander’s Chris McClinic, and Clyde’s Derrick Chance, who have also put together fine season’s for their respective teams.
With that being said, von Kramer proved himself to be the correct choice for the award, leading his team throughout a resurgent season – all the way to the semis – and (according to my information) becoming the first GR League rusher to eclipse 2,000 yards in a season.
“He was a quiet leader who did his leading by example (this year),” remarked Pembroke head coach Justin Loeber, about his team’s leading rusher. “He was the workhorse, and the rock when things got tough. He’s a finisher.”
That may be the best way to describe von Kramer during the 2017 season – a finisher. The Dragons’ RB finished with 23 touchdowns over the course of 9 games – averaging out to 2.5 scores per contest. But if you ask Zach, it was more about what his team accomplished, rather than his own individual accolades.
“We really came together as the season went on,” he began. “While it is truly humbling to have accomplished what I accomplished this year, this award is really about what we accomplished as a team – not just me as an individual.”
He went on to commend his teammates.
“Without the other 23 guys, I wouldn’t have succeeded like I did this season,” von Kramer said to complete his comments.
All in all, it surely was an incredible season for von Kramer, whose 2017 season will not soon be repeated.
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