Athlete of the Week: Xzavier Waterman, OHS football

Olathe's Xzavier Waterman powers away from a block attempt by Roaring Fork's Brady Samuelson during action Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Olathe High. (Jospeh Harold/Special to the Montrose Daily Press) 

Despite Olathe High School football’s 0-6 record, the club is receiving contributions from its core, most notably from Xzavier Waterman, who’s provided a massive boost offensively.

Against Roaring Fork on Friday, Waterman ran for 170 yards on 30 carries and caught a 49-yard pass. He also was a defensive star registering several tackles.

“Xzavier has been doing it all year for us,” Pirates head football coach Tyler Vincent said. “He had one game where he kinda got banged up — a knee injury — but he battled back. He leaves it all out there. He really ran hard tonight. He ran hard, he played defense, flying around making plays, just what we needed. And we need eleven all trying, playing, same effort, same attitude every single play, every chance we get.

“When you get down to the middle of your senior season you want to leave it all out there on the field every single night and he’s been doing it. I’m very proud of him.”

Last week against Gunnison, Waterman ran the ball 20 times and racked up an unofficial 110 yards. Over the past two games, he’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry.

Josue Perez is a staff writer for the Montrose Daily Press

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Josue Perez is a staff writer for the Montrose Daily Press