High-SchoolWashington: Zach Banner

The Cutting Room Floor: Zach Banner

September, 21, 2011
Wash OL DuoPhoto By: Tom Hauck/ESPNHSZach Banner (left) and Joshua Garnett have close to 100 combined BCS offers.

We can't always fit everything we want in the pages of ESPNHS, so we bring you the Cutting Room Floor. Think of it as the deleted scenes portion of your favorite Blu-ray. In September we tracked down Lakes senior OL Zach Banner to share our cover with his close friend Joshua Garnnett, another elite lineman from Washington. If you haven't had a chance to check out the story, visit here. In addition to their close friendship, they also bond over hoops and dancing (still waiting to see the videos, guys). Here are some of the excerpts from our interview with Zach. Stick with us for Joshua's outakes later.

On his love of HS football It’s the moment. It’ something that not everybody gets to go through. Not only do I play high school football, I play on one of the top teams in the country. I live for the moment and opportunity to play. It’s a gift. I’m straight pumped when I get on the field. I’m going to put whoever tries to rush me on their back.

On his inspirationAll you have to do is type my name into Google and that’s my inspiration. I have a lot of eyes on me. I have to deal with the haters and all the people that disrespect me online.

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Stock rising for Browne, Banner

September, 7, 2011
I want to welcome you all to the first installment of our weekly All-State Stock Watch. Each week we’ll put three of our preseason All-State selections under the microscope to see who is living up to the hype and who may be falling behind.

I don’t want to make this a one-man effort, so chime in with your picks for the state’s biggest movers in the comment's section below. For a refresher on the players in the running, here is our preseason All-State team.


Up — Max Browne, Skyline, QB
Brown’s Week 1 performance shouldn't come as a surprise after last year’s 50-TD campaign. The junior was almost perfect in the opener, going a ridiculous 16-of-18 (one incompletions came on a clock-stopping spike) for 190 yards and four touchdowns. His performance elevated him into the Mr. Football USA discussion, as he is one of three juniors in the mix.

Down — KeiVarae Russell, Mariner, RB
Russell was forced to sit out the Marauders' opener against Arlington after suffering a mild concussion during a moped mishap earlier in the week. Arlington’s Colton Hordyk stole the show in his absence, reaching pay dirt four times in a 42-12 victory. Russell expects to be back this weekend against Mount Vernon, so we could be talking about his stock rising very soon.

Up — Zach Banner, Lakes, OL
Playing on the O-line won’t garner the same recognition as the skill positions will. But any time an offense hangs 63 points on an opponent, you know there was some stellar play going on in the trenches. That was the case in Lakes’ opener against Clover Park — a 63-8 rout. Banner anchored a line that kept first-year QB David Wood upright enough to pass for 237 yards and six TDs. Lakes also added 114 yards on the ground despite an injury to leading rusher Levonte Littlejohn.
We wanted to get ESPNHS cover subjects Joshua Garnett and Zach Banner to shoot a video and welcome you all to this blog, but football workouts got in the way (Some kids are just so dedicated to being the best at their craft). I promise to never allow working out to stop me from posting daily.

Well, welcome to the Washington Sports Blog. You're going to want to bookmark this site for news and videos on the Evergreen State's top athletes and teams, as well as recruiting updates. We'll be coming at you with content daily, but feel free to send along any topics or athletes you would like to see covered. Just hit me up at David.Auguste@ESPN.com or on Twitter: @ESPNHSAuguste.

Here's the lowdown on what to expect later today. Since it’s football season, we’ve decided to kick things off with a look at the preseason state rankings, the All-State squad and a feature on the aforementioned football BFFs.