Athlete of the Week: Nick Kermes

Athlete of the Week

MARCELLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Nick Kermes started playing football in the seventh grade. He followed in his brother Brad’s footsteps and now plays the same position. His brother’s success influences his own.

“He was good in his high school career, so I always wanted to be just as good, if not better, than him. That’s kinda what pushed me throughout the years,” said Kermes.

This season, Nick has 129 carries, 1,066 rushing yards, and 14 rushing touchdowns. He also has 12 catches for 194 yards and one kick return TD. But he knows he’s not doing it alone.

“It’s definitely the work of my lineman. They’re mainly the reason I can get holes and get all those yards,” said Kermes.

“It makes it easier because I can just hand it off to him and he does the rest of the work because we have the line and everything. He helps me out with a lot of things, makes it easier for me,” said Sean Tierney, Marcellus junior quarterback.

Kermes knows his time in a Mustang uniform is running out. He’s hoping he can help lead Marcellus to a deep playoff run in his final year. He got the perfect wake up call in last year’s sectional playoffs, losing at home to Oneida 18-7.

“End of last year, when we lost first round against Oneida. It was just a whole different feeling. I’ve never felt that in any sport I played and it just kind of determined me and all my other friends who are seniors too,” said Kermes.

“He speaks volumes with his actions,” said Nick Patterson, Marcellus football coach. “Like I said, his work ethic is crazy and the guys see it and feed on it. And see how successful he’s been with his work ethic. Now they feed on that and they’re doing the same thing and its showing.”

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The Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week is designed to honor Section III varsity members who embody the true meaning of student-athlete.

The award recognizes more than just athletic ability, it recognizes a student-athlete who thrives in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Athletes can be nominated by a coach, athletic director or teacher. Please send your nominations to Sports@LocalSYR.com.