TONTOGANY, Ohio (WTVG) - Otsego senior wide receiver Will Varner certainly took a big step forward in week one against Evergreen as he pulled in eight catches for 123 yards and Varner scored three touchdowns.
"After week one, (head coach Matt Dzierwa) expects you to be even better the next week and you want to meet his expectations every time you can," Varner said. "Just having a big week, you gotta carry it over to the next one."
Varner is a four-year varsity participant for Dzierwa at Otsego.
"We put a lot of responsibility on him," Dzierwa said. "He's a team captain. He's king of a quiet kid sometimes but he leads by example because he works so hard. That's what he does."
Defensively, Varner made nine tackles in week one. The numbers are nice, but so is Varner's academic rank for Otsego's class of 2018 as he currently sits at No. 7.
"I've always had the mindset of going hard, every time,' Varner said. "That's how I was raised and everything. When you develop that mindset for one thing, it's going to carry into everything else you do."
It's a simple message for Varner this year as the weeks throughout the fall will now quickly move on the calendar.
"I think he realizes too that his time is coming to an end here in terms of football and high school," Dzierwa said. "I think he wants to go out in a good way."