Q&A: Zachary Bundalo (10)

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Bundalo watches the defense during Varsity’s game against Lincoln-Way Central on Aug. 26. Lincoln-Way Central won the game 24-21.

Jacob Ranola

Q: How does it feel to start as a quarterback being a sophomore?

A: It’s really cool. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever accomplished.

Q: What kind of advice have you been getting from the veteran players?

A: They always keep me confident. They always say to stay calm and that you can make plays.

Q: Did you find it hard to bond with the team when you first started playing with varsity?

A: Not at all. They really welcomed me into the group. I was kind of surprised, but it was greatly appreciated. I have formed lifetime bonds, and I have made great friends on this team.

Q: When did you find out you were going to start as quarterback?

A: I didn’t really know. I didn’t think about it a lot, and I just took it day by day and worked my way up. It was truly a great process, and I didn’t really know I was going to start the game.

Q: What was the reaction of the teammates when they knew you were starting opening night?

A: They were all positive. They are all great teammates. It’s a blessing to be a part of this team.

Q: What do you do before games to prep yourself?

A: I really don’t think about the game too much. I just try to stay relaxed and not get overwhelmed.

Q: Do you and your teammates have any rituals (huddling up, chanting etc.) before the game?

A: Yes, I have a lot of handshakes.

Q: How do you feel when the crowd is chanting your name after a big play?

A: It’s cool, but I tune it out and stay focused on the game and [don’t] really worry about the crowd.

Q: Who do you look up to in the NFL?

A: Peyton Manning. He did everything right as a player, on and off the field.