Senior Spotlight: Zane Lozeau

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By LARRY “SCOOP” McCARTY

Zane Lozeau didn’t take long to become a part of the 100th edition of the Heber Springs Panthers.

Lozeau, a starting cornerback and also plays wide receiver, transferred from Dover during the summer. He admitted it was a change from his hometown, but felt 100 percent acceptance.

“Nothing against Dover, but the team accepted me on the first day,” he said. “The school, community and fans really get behind the team. It feels great to be a part of the 100th year and the team.”

Lozeau said when the Panthers played at Dover, it felt strange, but the game turned into a memorable one.

“The touchdown I scored at Dover was my first one ever,” he said. “It also was the first time that I played on a high school team that won a game.”

Lozeau expects to play more on offense, especially after Easton Cusick moved to quarterback. Cusick became the new quarterback when Xander Lindley broke his collarbone early in last week’s game at Bald Knob.

“I play most of the time on defense, but I might play more receiver now,” he said. “One of the things I liked about the team is everyone gets behind you. That helps a player during a game.”

The Panthers are tied with Little Rock Mills and Clinton for fourth place in the 2-4A Conference and only one game behind second place Lonoke and Southside Batesville. Heber Springs will conclude the season against Clinton at home and a game at Mills.

Lozeau said the focus this week is on Friday’s homecoming game against Southside.

“This would be my first time to play in the playoffs if we go,” he said. “Every game counts, and I don’t want to leave anything out on the field. We will be ready for Friday’s game.”