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Herron, Amory Have Something To Prove In 2017

Recently the Amory will faced the Pontotoc in the final game of their season on the hardwood. The Warriors are a familiar foe for Zack Herron and the Panthers.

The win Amory scored against Pontotoc last fall on the gridiron was the game that ended up earning them a division crown.

In just his first season at the helm Allen Glenn led his alma mater to an 11-3 finish, highlighted by advancing to the third round of the playoffs. The Panthers started 1-2 before winning 10 straight.

“Coach Glenn played for Amory. So he knows the meaning of putting on the gold helmet,” Herron told SES Mississippi. “We started off a little bumpy, but as the season went on we started to play like we knew we could.”

“Adjusting to playing with coach Glenn wasn’t hard at all. He pushed us to play to the best of our ability.”

Earning the 2016 region 1-4A crown was the highlight of his football career, Herron said. He certainly played a big role in making it possible.

“It was a good feeling, especially knowing that we did something no one expected us to do,” He said of winning a division title as a junior.

In fact, doing what people says he can’t is something that fuels him greatly. Additionally, he is driven to win.

“What drives me most is pride. I can’t stand to be beat in something. Another thing that drives me is when people tell me I can’t do something,” Herron explained.

He finished the 2016 season with 69 tackles, 13 pass deflections, three interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery from his safety position. As a sophomore in 2015 he tallied 57 tackles.

“I did a better job of playing my position last season,” He noted. “I feel did a good job last season, but there are still some things I need to work on before next year.”

“My ballhawking skills are what I’m mainly focused on improving right now.”

That includes improving both his strength and his speed. Today’s safeties have plenty of both.

With his basketball season soon to be completed, Herron will re-focus on football quickly as he is set to compete alongside a handful of his teammates at the Fortius Project.

The camp will provide him an opportunity not only to sharpen his game, but also to see where he stacks up against some of the best defensive backs in the state.

“When I get to Fortius I’m going to be trying to learn new things to help me improve. It’s a good chance to see what I need to work on,” He said.

“It will be fun to be there with some of my teammates. It should be very competitive because we always push each other to play harder.”

He believe his ability to cover and play the ball will help him stand out. However, he’s also looking to improve his overall coverage skills.

“My ability to read the quarterback is good, but I still need to improve in that area so I’ll be working on that,” Herron stated.

Looking ahead to this fall, the Panthers have a strong chance to repeat as division champs with Herron, JJ Jernigan and a handful of other playmakers returning.

“I believe we can go all the way this year because we have a lot of players returning that played a key role for our team,” He said. “I think we are going to have a good season.”

*Photo courtesy of Parish Portrait Design

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