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SGF football quarterback earns Capital District Chapter National Football Foundation Honor

March 18, 2016

Zack AhrensSGF senior Zack Ahrens has been playing football since seventh grade. And over the past few years, he has accumulated several accolades as a result of his stellar performances both on and off the field.

The humble two-year team captain (quarterback/linebacker) was recently named one of the top 10 Scholar Athletes by the Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

“The award was given to him in honor of his excellence on the field and in the classroom,” said SGF Football Coach Mike Hammond. “It is a true testament to being a student-athlete.”

Ahrens plans to attend either Worcester Polytechnic Institute or Hudson Valley Community College next year where he will work toward a career in mechanical engineering. He also plans to play football wherever he attends school.

At SGFHS he has taken several Project Lead the Way courses to prepare for a career in engineering, and he has also been a participant in the Math League.

Ahrens says football has taught him many valuable skills, including leadership, hard work and overcoming adversity.

He attended a ceremony in March, with 9 other honorees from the Capital Region.

“It was a great honor,” he said. “And it was especially inspiring to feel part of the league of the other students who were given the award with me.”

In addition to this award, Ahrens was recognized as the 2015 Class A Northwest All-Purpose Player of the Year, a 2015 Honorable Mention All-State QB, a 2015 Time Warner Scholar Athlete of the Week. He stats include: 1,146 yards passing, 316 yards rushing, 14 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and 63 tackles.

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