OCH Regional Medical Center Athlete of the Week: Zach Gilmer

Zach Gilmer

Staff Writer

French Camp football coach Nathan Wright knew that Zach Gilmer was having a good night against Ethel last week.

When Wright sat down to load the statistics of the game into MaxPreps, he realized just how good the game was for Gilmer.
“He had five touchdowns?” Wright thought to himself.

That’s exactly what Gilmer had as the Panthers won a 41-19 decision over the Tigers.

Gilmer opened the game with an 80-yard kickoff return for a score and had four more touchdowns rushing. He finished with 12 carries for 84 yards on the ground.

For that performance, Gilmer was chosen the OCH Regional Medical Center/Starkville Daily News Athlete of the Week.

The production has increased for the senior over the last few games and he feels good about it, but is not about to take all the credit.

“It has a lot to do with the line,” Gilmer said. “They have been giving it all they have.”

Wright said Gilmer had been doing the little things better in practice and the reward was putting the ball in his hands more.

The result was Gilmer finding the end zone a few times.

“To be honest, I didn’t think about him having five touchdowns,” Wright said. “You just kind of calls plays on what they give him.

“He was one you were hoping that he was one you could count on. He worked hard, had a great attitude this year and better than he’s ever had. You just want him to be successful in everything.”

Gilmer said he wants a future in law enforcement if he doesn’t get any offers to play football at the next level. He said a career as a fire fighter could also be in the plans.

Wright said Gilmer had committed more to his academics and that has helped him.

“That’s one thing he’s let go over the years, but he’s gotten serious about it this year and I’ve been super proud of him,” Wright said.

The Panthers stand 3-2 in Class A, Region 3, which is good for fourth place with three games remaining.

Wright hopes French Camp can beat Hamilton, Sebastopol and Leake County to finish the regular season strong..

“Hopefully, we can gain a little bit more momentum and we can gain more and more positive momentum for the playoffs,” Wright said.

The only two losses the Panthers have had in the region so far is to Nanih Waiya and Noxapater.

Gilmer said it’s important for French Camp to get into the playoffs for a possible chance at redemption against the region opponents from Winston County.

“Hopefully, we get to see those teams again,” Gilmer said.