Star Quarterback West’s Success Driven by Positive Goals and Personal Dedication

Zihomara Abrego

As a junior quarterback for Highland’s varsity football team, it’s understandable why Derrach West catches the attention and praise of so many people. Though he’s young, West’s been playing football since second grade, having started for the Southeast Panthers at his local park. 

PP: What are your goals before you finish high school both academically and athletically? 

DW: I’m trying to graduate with a 3.5 GPA or higher and hopefully get offers before my senior year is over. I also want to win the championship for my team and for all their hard work. I want to be a role model for younger kids who want to do what I’m doing so I always keep that in mind.

PP: What comes after high school?

DW: Definitely college, I’m hoping to get into USC or Oregon State, Arizona State or maybe Fresno as those are my top choices. I’d also want to major in business broadcasting to be a sport announcer after my football career is over. I’m just focusing on getting into the NFL.

PP: What’s the whole purpose behind all your hard work?

DW: God, my family, and just my drive in being the best that I can be.

PP: Considering you’re only a junior on a varsity team playing such a significant role, quarterback, how does it make you feel?

DW: Honored , it makes me want to step up to the plate and show them the best that I can be even under pressure I can do it.