They're only one year apart and they both play football at Exeter, but Zack and Jayden Zandier don't look like brothers. Zack is an imposing 6'6, 235-pound senior tight end. Jayden is a lean 170-pound junior wide receiver. Fans at Don Thomas Stadium should expect to hear their names a lot this season. Jayden scored the Eagles' first touchdown of the year. The 31-yard catch came early in the second quarter against rival Daniel Boone. Zack, who's committed to Coastal Carolina, had three receptions for 43 yards, as well as three tackles. After a scoreless first quarter, Exeter pulled away from the Blazers for a 42-7 victory. "It means a lot. We have had the Pig Iron Trophy for awhile now and we wanted to keep that going," said Zack. The Eagles have won eleven straight in the series. Sophomore quarterback Riley Martinez went 6-10 for 165 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. "He showed why he should be on the field from the first play. He made one mistake, but he didn't let it bring him down. He kept pushing through," replied Jayden. Exeter claimed the Section 2 championship in the Lancaster-Lebanon League a season ago and finished (12-1). The Eagles reached the District 3-5A final before falling to Cocalico 34-14. Although they lost four All-State selections to graduation, the Eagles still have plenty of talent on the roster. They travel to (1-0) Boyertown on Friday. Exeter beat the Bears 37-21 last year. Jayden said, "We can't start slow again. [If] we start fast and strong, it shouldn't be close."
What a fantastic year it is going to be. Your nana+papa are so proud of you ♡