Smith-Cotton High senior slot back and return specialist Zach Powell, a first team All-State selection in 2017, has accepted a scholarship to play football at William Jewell College in Liberty.

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A three-time letterman for the Tigers and a team captain his senior year, Powell was first team All-West Central Conference, All-District and All-State as a kick returner in 2017, when he also earned Academic All-State honors. Powell was named the Tigers’ Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior and was picked for the KMZU Dream Team.

He rushed for 420 yards, caught 20 passes for 344 yards and racked up 769 yards on kickoff and punt returns, averaging 49.5 yards per kickoff return and 17.1 yards per punt. He scored 15 touchdowns total, six on kick and punt returns.

He is ranked second in the state of Missouri with three kickoff returns in a single game (Aug. 25, 2017, at Marshall) and tied for first in the state with two punt returns for touchdowns in a single game (Sept. 22, 2017, vs. St. Michael).

S-C Football Head Coach Charlie McFail said: “Zach is great kid who has earned this opportunity through his hard work in academics and athletics. I am looking forward to Zach having a great college career.”

POWELLSIGNINGGROUP: Smith-Cotton High School senior Zach Powell has accepted a scholarship to play football at William Jewell College in Liberty. Seated with him is his mother, Marie McFail. Standing, from left, are Smith-Cotton Athletic Director Rob Davis, S-C Football Head Coach Charlie McFail, and S-C High Principal Wade Norton.
POWELLSIGNINGACTION: Smith-Cotton return specialist Zach Powell takes a punt back 45 yards for a touchdown during the Tigers' Sept. 22 win over St. Michael at Tiger Stadium.

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