Zach Villarreal Obituary, Death – Zach Villarreal, who plays middle linebacker for the Gladewater Bears, has excelled in the team’s last two district contests, making key plays that helped Gladewater win. The Bears defeated Winnsboro 16-12 on September 27 in Gladewater and West Rusk 22-19 on October 4 in New London, both of which were highly contested matches in the District 8-3A Division I tournament. Both games were played in New London.
During the win versus the Raiders at Bruce Bradshaw Stadium, Villarreal had 13 tackles and one interception on the defensive side of the ball. Because of his outstanding play during the sixth week of the high school football season, Villarreal, a senior who is 5-11 in height, was selected as the Peltier Kia Tyler Defensive Player of the Week. In the Friday edition of the special section The Zone that is published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph, he will be profiled on a poster that is sponsored by Peltier Kia Tyler.
The previous champions were Adrian Lacy, a senior linebacker for Chapel Hill, Max Hale, a senior linebacker for Troup, Bryce Smith, a senior linebacker for Grand Saline, Jamal Ligon, a senior defensive end/linebacker for Robert E. Lee, and Travion Ates, a junior free safety for John Tyler.
The game between Gladewater (4-2, 2-0) and Mineola (2-3, 0-1) will take place at Jack V. Murphy-Bear Stadium in Gladewater on Friday night. Fans will have the opportunity to see the Bears as well as Villarreal play in the game. The game is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.