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Parkersburg High School linebacker Zack Howard, who was pictured doing a tackle against Spring Valley last year, recently announced that he will continue his football career at Pioneers of Marriott College head coach Andy Wade. (Photo credit to Nathan Morris)

Parkersburg – Zack Howard has a lot of future plans, but the fastest thing is playing football at Marriott College.

Parkersburg High School senior linebacker recently announced the commitment of head coach Andy Waddle to Division III pioneers.

“I had an official visit to Coach Ward and they showed me their campus.” Howard, who earned three letters as Big Red, said he was the team’s second leading tackler in his junior and senior campaigns. “They ate me lunch, showed me their football facilities and uniforms, and talked about their program.

“I found one thing I particularly liked, that coach Waddell had a personal relationship with each of the players. He knew the background story of each. He’s not just for football. He told me about life lessons and where you are going after graduation.

Howard, an A-student in the classroom who is a member of the PHS Cappella Choir, said he plans to become a medical major with the hope of becoming a Physician Assistant or Physical Therapist.

“I’ll finally have to go to medical school in the long run.” Howard, the NJROTC’s commanding officer, agreed. “After my four years of college I think I’ll go to the military and go to med school.”

A three-year-old letterman and big wrestler in football and wrestling, Big Red has twice been a state placer, competing on the track for the first time this spring.

Along with Marriotta College, Wheeling made an official visit to Jesuit and Weinzberg for the Big Red football. After the state marathon tournament, Howard said he was interested in wrestling from Glenville State, Davis & Elkins and Muskinkam.

“It was very difficult for me to choose between the two options.” Big Red said he has a total of 81 tackles as a senior without three dozen assists. “I like sports a lot for different reasons, but when it came down to it, I thought football would be my thing.

“When Marietta talked to me about how she’s going to run a wrestling program in the next few years, she said she’s likely to be one of the first people on the list when she starts that program.”

Howard said he was going to college, thanks to his financial aid package “For nothing” Excited to have scored a shot while playing this fall.

“When I spoke to him, he said, ‘He’s graduating from a lot of linebackers this year.’ Howard continued.

“My plan is to go off-track after the track and start grinding, and my goal is not to let anyone overtake me or kick me out.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has two jobs and said he does not anticipate any problems with becoming a successful student-athlete in the next phase.

“I feel good about it. I did not have a GPA of less than 3.5 in all four years of high school. ” He said. “I think everything will be fine in college.”

When his time comes “School of Champions” “Big Red will definitely remember the legacy. Tradition and all the coaches and all my teammates can carry blood, sweat and tears with me on that field,” he said.

“Some of the best relationships I have ever had in my life. I am excited about the new experience and the journey ahead of me. I think this is a very interesting experience and something to look forward to. ”

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