Harding County WR, Zack Anders was a first-team all-state 9B football player a year ago…In basketball, he wasn’t an all stater but he averaged 20 points per game.
By Rich Winter
One of the games I’ll be watching via Livestream on Aug. 23 will be that of the Harding County Ranchers taking on the Wall Eagles, in Wall. For years, Harding County and Wall have been thee football powers out west in 9B football. But, Wall has moved up to 9A, and that Aug. 23 game will be a real litmus test for what both teams will be bringing to the table.
On that night, expect Harding County senior (WR) Zack Anders to get as many touches as he can handle.
Check out the numbers this young man had last season on his way to a 9B first-team All-State football selection.
Wide receiver: Zack Anders, Jr., Harding County (5-10, 155)
Anders set a school record with 60 receptions last season, gaining 970 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also had 73 carries for 359 yards and seven touchdowns.
"Zack was our go-to guy all season," Harding County coach Jay Wamman said. "We moved him all over the place. He had over 2,000 all purpose yards this year. He's not the biggest wide receiver but he is definitely one of the toughest players I have ever coached. He has cat-like quickness and always seems to gain separation and get open because of his great route running skills."
Mostly Region 4B teams on the schedule this season, but the Ranchers do have an out of region game at 9AA school Hill City on Sep. 20.
Okay, so when football season ends, look out for the Ranchers who finished last season with a 12-9 record.
Harding County lost ZERO seniors to graduation and they have some studs coming back for a potential run to the state tournament.
Zack Anders - 19.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.1 assists per game (DANG) and 2.5 steals per game.
Camden Hett - 17.7 ppg and 7.6 rpg.
Royal Elk Eagle - 10 ppg, 4 assists per game.
Those are some healthy returners for a SQUAD that will be looking to do big things this season.