Valley News Dispatch Q&A: Highlands' Derrick Mazur
Derrick Mazur entered this world two minutes and 24 seconds before his brother, Zach. Yet when Highlands coach Sam Albert speaks of the senior twins, the older of the two is “Sequel.”
To his credit, Derrick does not consider the nickname a slight. His brother, now 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, moved up to varsity and started as a freshman. Derrick made varsity a year later.
Both now are two-way starters for Highlands, which will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 2008. While he isn't known as “Bodyguard” like fullback/linebacker Zach, Derrick (5-8, 180), a nose guard on defense and the right tackle on offense, is recognized as one of the team's premier pass rushers.
An exemplary student who also competes in wrestling and track, Derrick Mazur aspires to attend one of the country's military academies after graduation — Virginia Military Institute is his top preference right now, though he doubts he'd play football there.
Q: How do you feel about your nickname, “Sequel”?
A: I like being “Sequel.” … They called us “the bodyguards” forever. And then once he came up here — he started his freshman year — so they just called him, “Bodyguard,” because he was by himself. I was down with the freshmen, which was a whole different ball game. And they said, “Oh, you're the Sequel.” And I thought that was a great idea. But we were in the locker room like two weeks ago, and coach was telling us about some movie he was watching, and he said, “The sequels, they always suck.” And I was like, “Hey Coach, I'm a sequel.” And he was like, “Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry.”
Q: How did you end up playing the big-man positions?
A: When I moved up in 10th grade, I didn't feel comfortable at linebacker, so I moved down to nose guard. It was just a thing to try, but I was pretty good at it, so I stayed there. And then during the year, one of our (offensive) tackles wasn't doing so hot, so (the coaches) asked “Who wants to play tackle?” And I said, “I'll play tackle.” So then I started doing that, and I've been pretty good at it.
Q: Does your brother have college aspirations that are similar to yours?
A: I keep trying to get him to go the military way, but I think he ‘s into engineering and staying local. I kind of want to branch out. But I'm trying to get him to come with me, because I don't know how we'd do apart. We've been together forever.