Zach Rutherford started his career at CCHS with big shoes to fill as he was set to replace Ethan Jeffers, who had set every significant Cougar passing record. Rutherford overcame injury and not only filled those shoes but surpassed them on many levels.

Now The Gunslinger will be taking his game to the college level. Rutherford will be heading north to Williamsburg to become a University of the Cumberlands Patriot. He will not be the only Cougar alumni playing there as Elijah Phillips has already committed to the school.

In a tweet Rutherford had this to say about moving on to the college level, “I would like to give the ultimate thanks to God for the opportunity to glorify him through the game of football. Thank you to my Dad for introducing me to the game of football and thank you to my Mom for staying by my side through thick and thin while supporting me in every way possible. Also thank you to all my coaches throughout my life, especially Coach Price, for developing me into the player I am today. As for all the schools that have been recruiting me for the past few months thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of your program. However, after a long and well thought out discussion with my family, I am humbled to say that I will be attending the University of the Cumberlands to further pursue my academic and athletic career.