LA GRANGE PARK – Nazareth Academy senior Matt Vance worked hard on the Roadrunner scout team and finally received a promotion with a varsity start on Sept. 27, High School Cube News reports. According to High School Cube News,
"Nazareth senior Matt Vance had a difficult time watching games from the sideline during the first four games of the season.
It never prevented him from doing his job on the scout team, however.
“I was just working really hard because when you’re on the scout team you can’t let up,” Vance said. “You have to make other people better. I just happened to get noticed.”
Vance, a 5-foot-10, 245-pound defensive tackle, caught the attention of the coaching staff during practice to earn his first varsity start Sept. 27 in the Roadrunner’s 27-17 road win over Carmel.
Vance was named the team’s defensive most valuable player for the game.
He also made his presence felt Saturday when Nazareth beat Notre Dame 10-7 in a key East Suburban Catholic matchup.
“He just came out of the blue,” Nazareth coach Tim Racki said. “He’s been on the service team. He just broke the starting lineup. He was killing our offense and earned the starting spot. He’s taken advantage and is not letting go. He’s emerged and better late than never.”
The Westchester resident played a key role in the Roadrunners limiting Notre Dame all-state running back Chris James to just 87 yards, which included a 52-yard run, on 14 carries.
“It’s special and means a lot to be starting,” Vance said. “It was really tough not being able to get in there. I wanted to get in there so bad and make my parents proud. It worked out now.”"
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