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Athlete of the Week: Zach Pechous


IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- It's a name that's been pronounced seemingly every way but the right way.

''I've heard it pronounced four different ways in the same evening,'' said Iowa City Regina head coach Marv Cook.

Yet opposing teams ought to make themselves familiar with number two in navy blue.

''You've got to tell your guys 'you have to stop this guy, or he will score on you every time,''' said Braden Lehman, Regal senior.

Don't let his quiet, workmanlike, demeanor fool you.

''I just kind of want to score and then help our team win, and then basically just get off the field and play defense,'' said KWWL Athlete of the Week Zach Pechous.

His play on the field is making a whole lot of noise.

Zach Pechous gives Iowa City Regina a weapon any team would kill for, a homerun threat every time he touches the ball.

''It really makes everything easier, and if they don't respect him out there and don't put a guy on him, we're going to get him the ball as much as we can,'' said Regal quarterback Jack Verducci.

The latest example--Pechous ran a punt, a kick, and a screen play all for touchdowns in the Regals 42-0 win over then one-loss Camanche. 

Three plays, 227 yards, 21 points--just like that.

''Spatially, he gets it.  He understands where to be, and how to set things up.  He's that kind of playmaker that you get him the ball in space and you have a chance,'' Cook said.

In week two, it was a 95 yard Pechous kick return that delivered the fatal blow to the mighty Solon Spartans and their 42 game win streak. 

In six week, Pechous has taken kicks back six times.  His success his putting his name among some of the all-time greats.

''Tim Dwight, Tavian Banks and those guys were very electric return guys.  He's a different style.  He's not as big and as stout as those guys, but he's every bit as elusive,'' Cook said.

Take note Iowa on the pronunciation.  Opposing teams are learning that rather quickly.



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