Small Packages, Come with Big Hearts
Athletes are often slept on or picked on for being too small. However, it's not the size of the man that makes the man. Ezekial Dupas is a prime example of that.
For years, Zeke was bullied for being the smallest player on the team, and being bullied meant built up anger.
"It hurt me a lot," Tioga cornerback, Ezekial Dupas said. "It made football somewhere I could go to after school to hit stuff and not get in trouble for it," Dupas added.
His size made him insecure about himself. However, now, his size doesn't mean a thing considering he's one of Tioga's best assets to their team.
"He's our best corner and he can come in on offense for us," head coach Kevin Cook said. "Zeke is not the largest guy in football, but he has a lot of heart."
"I feel like I'm pretty important," Dupas said. "I just do what Coach Cook says so I can help us achieve our goals."
He helped the Indians achieve their first goal of winning their first-round playoff game, by catching a pick-six when the offense needed his help the most.
"Our offense was struggling," Dupas said. "Our defense had to step up, so we had to do what we had to do on defense."
So, It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but it's the size of the fight in the dog.
For Zeke's continuous fight, he's this week's ACA Athlete of the Week.