June 18, 2014 — Johnson Central quarterback Zach Gound played out of position in Friday’s Northeastern Kentucky East-West Senior Bowl.
Gound played his first and only high school game at running back and left many wondering why he did not play the position earlier.
He had 24 carries, 157 yards and all four touchdowns as the East defeated the West 28-7 at Morehead State University’s Jayne Stadium.
Gound scored four times on 3, 1, 8 and 25-yard runs. With an all-star line featuring three Raceland standouts, Nevan Johnson, Mac Boggs and Austin Manis as well as Fairview's Anthony Roark and Johnson Central's Chris Niece, it made running the ball fairly easy.
“I saw a bunch of green grass and a bunch of wide guy’s butts,” Gound said. “I’ve never had an offensive line that big before and once I got the ball, I saw nothing but daylight.”
“I find it hard to believe that Johnson Central has three more better than that guy,” East Coach Zack Moore said. “He could have played any spot he wanted to play. He’s a really good athlete who plays with a ton of energy. He’s just a tough kid.”
As impressive as the East running game was, the defensive side of the ball played just as well, forcing five turnovers (two fumbles and three interceptions).
“They had a good scheme and I thought they did a good job but we just turned the ball over too much,” West Coach John Hodge said. “On any level, if you turn the ball over you won’t be successful. We got in a few binds. Our kids played hard.”
Both teams played solid defense throughout the first half, but Gound would put the East squad up with his first score of the night with 48 seconds remaining until halftime.