Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why Lycoming's Sr WR Brock Zollicoffer flies under the radar

Sr Wr Brock Zollicoffer with key first down catch from Fr QB Elijah Shemory that lead to the first touchdown for the Warriors (Photo by John Green
Williamsport, PA - As we have mentioned many times, Lycoming football has a history of great wide receivers. And there are years that the Warriors are blessed with a number of talented young men. That is the case this year as Lycoming is blessed with Sr Wr Nick Costello, John Kim (both of which are from Haverford High School) and Sr WR Brock Zollicoffer from Baltimore, MD and Owings Mills High School. So having three talented seniors screaming for the ball has it's benefits and it's difficulties. The difficulty in this case is that only one can receive the ball at a time.

Zollicoffer is coming off a very good year at wide receiver. He played in nine games and caught 25 passes and scored three touchdowns. He caught a 53 yard pass which was his longest and averaged 13.1 yards per catch. So the coaching staff is very high on Brock's abilities and the contribution he can make in 2018. Against Widener, he was a big key to the Warriors passing success.

Wide Receivers stats against the Widener Pride
Lycoming took the ball with just over three minutes in the first quarter as both teams defenses seemed to be dominating the game. QB Shemory faced a 3rd and 6 at the Widener 47 yard line. Elijah saw Zollicoffer open on the left side with tight coverage but threaded the needle to Brock for an important 12 yard pickup to keep the drive alive. That catch was just a portion of his four receptions that totaled 102 yards for the day, the longest being a 40 yarder! Catching the ball is one thing, but yards after the catch are just as important and Brock excels at additional yardage (We wish there was a stat for that!). Now with six minutes left in the second quarter with the score tied at 7, Lycoming took the ball on their own 44 yard line. The very next play, QB Shemory connects with Brock for a 40 yard pass setting up Jamie Fisher's second of four field goals. Lycoming would score again just before the half to set up a 20-7 lead and eventually the win at 33-19.

So, Lycoming is fortunate to have such a talented threesome at the WR position. When defenses double cover our tallest receiver, Nick Costello, we have two other great choices. And now we have a running attack to add to the weapons served each week. And these guys will only get better as the weeks go on. I think they realize that this year could be an amazing year. That is what makes early season games so important. 

So to answer the question, "Why Lycoming's Sr WR Brock Zollicoffer flies under the radar," the answer is obvious. He really doesn't. It depends on coverage, who gets open, and the QB checkoffs. Clearly, Brock is one of the best in a Legacy of Lyco wide receivers.

Until the next one!

John Green '77


2017: Started nine games at wide receiver … caught 25 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns … also rushed eight times for 77 yards and a touchdown … recorded season-highs of five catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns in win over King’s … caught 53 yard touchdown in the win … caught two passes for 24 yards and a touchdown in win over Misericordia … recorded multiple receptions in final eight gams … rushed for a season-high 44 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, in win over FDU-Florham … had six plays of 20 or more yards … had 18 money plays (plays resulting in a first down or touchdown).

2016: Played in nine games at wide receiver and on special teams ... had six catches for 43 yards ... also had 10 rushes for 63 yards ... had three rushes for 32 yards and two receptions for eight yards at Wilkes … rushed three times for 20 yards and had a season-long 18-yard reception at Lebanon Valley.

2015: Appeared in three games on special teams.

High School: A two-year letterwinner in football at Owings Mills ... also a member of the baseball team.

Personal: Son of Tolan and Jill Zollicoffer ... has three brothers, Drake, Chaz, and Cace ... a criminal justice major ... favorite movie is “The Gridiron Gang” ... wants to be a member of the secret service.