Zunich a two-time All-State honoree

By on December 23, 2014
Manheim Central senior Chad Zunich was selected to the PA Writers' Association Triple-A All-State Team for the second year in a row.

Manheim Central senior Chad Zunich was selected to the PA Writers’ Association Triple-A All-State Team for the second year in a row.

If Chad Zunich’s size (6-foot-3, 310 pounds) wasn’t intimidating enough by itself, the Manheim Central senior lineman had another way to strike fear into opponents.

As a pulling center.

“A lot of teams like to pull their guards and we like to pull the center as much as we can,” Barons’ recently-retired coach Mike Williams said. “That’s a big body, 300 and some pounds coming around the corner. That was one of his strengths and I think he loved to pull. He was a force when he did it and he liked doing it.”

Zunich was a force in general, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the PA Football Writers’ Assoociation, who selected him to the Class AAA All-State Team for the second straight year.

It’s the latest honor for Zunich following a season in which he was also honored as the Section Two Offensive Lineman of the Year, Outstanding Lineman of the Year and First-Team All-Star.

“It was great,” Williams said of Zunich’s All-State recognition. “We were all hoping that he’d get it and we thought he had a good enough year that he deserved it. So we’re very pleased again.”

Zunich is one of the few &tstr; if not first &tstr; Baron players to be selected All-State two years in a row by the PA Football Writers.

“I don’t know that it’s ever happened before. I don’t recall,” Williams said. “He’s a hard worker, he really had a great year … well-deserved for the time that he put in to make himself a good player. I also have lots of accolades for line coach Dave Hahn who did a great job with him and he’s kinda one of Dave’s protégés. Dave’s the one that got him out for football to begin with and worked awfully hard with him. And Chad was a captain of the team. He’s a mainstay &tstr; great game every night out.”

Indeed, he was an anchor for an offensive line which paved the way for the Barons to gain 384.4 yards and 35.1 points per game. For the season, Manheim Central outscored its opponents 421-171 en route to an 8-4 campaign, advancing to the District Three Triple-A playoff quarterfinals before suffering a 35-10 loss to Bishop McDevitt.

Zunich’s strengths were many.

“His size is quite impressive,” Williams said. “He can run and he’s smart. Our center is our key position on the offensive line. He makes the line calls and he’s big, but he’s got some athleticism. So size, smarts, athleticism are all part of it.”

Joining Zunich on the Triple-A All-State offensive line were State champ Archbishop Wood’s Ryan Bates (6-5, 280), Malvern Prep’s Hayden Mahoney (6-5, 280), Bishop McDevitt’s Anthony Long (6-3, 292) and Valley View’s Zach Venesky (6-5, 290).

At this point, Zunich is undecided whether or not he’s going to continue his playing career in college. If so, he will have some options.

“He’s got good enough academics that he can play at a Patriot League school and I think that would be suitable for him &tstr; academically and level of play-wise,” Williams said. “We’ve had him speak with a lot of schools, but he’s just not sure that he wants to continue on in college. We’re still trying to work on him a little bit and we’ll see what happens.”

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