High School Football

Behind the Facemask with Mount Baker’s Kolton Zender

Year: Junior

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 208 pounds

Positions: Center/linebacker

Question: How did you first start playing football?

Answer: When my dad forced me to play flag football in kindergarten.

Q: What do you like most about playing football?

A: I really like the team chemistry and letting my anger out on my opponent.

Q: What is your favorite part of game night?

A: The two-hour nap before every game. I’m a person who needs their sleep.

Q: What is your favorite football memory?

A: Getting to play in the state championship game last season.

Q: What is your favorite play to run on game night and why?

A: We don’t run it often, but I really like 46 lead C. In this play I pull down the line and kick out the D-end or walkup backer.

Q: Who is the funniest guy on your team and why?

A: Jax Toctocan is the funniest kid on the team, because he is so fricken weird.

Q: What is your usual/favorite pregame meal?

A: Chicken fried steak from the world famous Hungry Bear.

Q: Do you have any pregame rituals/superstitions?

A: I’m not a superstitious person, but I do say a little prayer before us hoggies (linemen) hit the field.

Q: Is there a reason you chose your jersey number?

A: I have always wanted 58 as a number, and it was the only jersey that didn’t go to my knees.

Q: What position, other than the ones you currently play, would you like to try and why?

A: I think I would be pretty good at fullback. I really like to plow people over.

Q: What drill do you dislike running the most in practice?

A: The drills are fine. It’s the running part that I don’t necessarily enjoy.

Q: Do you root for the Huskies or Cougars and why?

A: I only rooted for the Huskies back when Jake Locker played. I am a lifelong Ducks fan.

Q: Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

A: J.J. Watt, because the man is a beast.

Q: What do you think is the best sports movie and why?

A: For many reasons I thoroughly enjoy “Varsity Blues.” It’s just an all-around great movie.

Q: What other sports do you like to play?

A: Baseball.

Q: What do you plan to do after you are done with high school?

A: Go to college and probably get a job.

Q: What other hobbies do you have?

A: FFA, watching movies.

Q: What is the most played song on your phone/iPod?

A: “Outta Your Mind” by Lil Jon.

Q: What is your favorite TV show and why?

A: “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s just a hilarious sitcom.

Q: What is your favorite video game?

A: “Madden 07” on… GameCube.

Q: What is your most favorite and least favorite class in school and why?

A: My favorite class would probably be metal shop, because I get to make things for people, and I don’t have a least favorite. The rest I equally like.

Q: Who is your favorite follow on Twitter, and why?

A: I don’t have a Twitter.