KOAA Athlete of the Week: Zane Rankin, Lamar Savages football

Posted at 8:15 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 22:15:20-05

PUEBLO — "It is a once in a lifetime experience and it is something I will never forget"

And it's probably something the Lamar football community won't forget either.

In this past weekend's 2A state championship game, the Lamar Savages had the odds stacked against them. Down 21 points midway through the 3rd quarter, the true Savage pride showed.

"We have always talked about how we are going to stick together and face adversity whenever hard times come our way", said Lamar Savages senior quarterback Zane Rankin. "I am super proud of our guys and how we stuck together and put up a fight."

Led by Rankin, Lamar would mount a comeback and be down one score with a minute to play.

But the football gods had other plans. The senior would fumble the ball, sealing the 28 to 21 win for the Eaton Reds.

"It is awesome that I got to come out here with my brothers and get one last crack at it. It did not end up the way we wanted it to, but we will look back on it and be proud of it," explained Rankin.

"Just to have them get to share this with one another and have a lifetime of memories here is what high school athletics is all about," added Lamar head football coach Jason Tice.

As for what Rankin will remember the most?

"Just everything we were able to do this season," said Rankin. "I mean you talk about that 40 to zero loss in the quarterfinals last year to Sterling. We were able to avenge ourselves in the first round. Then we went to Delta to get that one-point victory to make the state championship for the first time in 57 years, so that alone speaks volumes to how good this team is. And I could of not asked for a better group of games to come out and do it herewith."