Top Area Sports Stories Of 2019: Bailey Zappe

Former East Star Has Big College Year

A former East quarterback continues to set records for his college team, while getting national recognition.

Wrapping up our look back at this year’s top sports stories, Houston Baptist quarterback Bailey Zappe. The former East standout, breaking the Huskies’ single season records this year in passing yards, completions, and touchdowns — and leading Houston Baptist University to the most wins in program history.

“You know this year wouldn’t have been possible if the other 10 guys didn’t do what they were able to do. All the stats, all the accolades doesn’t come without the front five guys, and this year they’ve played really well. Better than the last two years, and there’s a bunch of things we can carry over to next year.”

The junior’s stellar season, culminating in his selection as a semifinalist for the Walter Payton Award — given annually to the nation’s top offensive player in the Division I FCS. His former coach, Titan football head coach Roland Gonzalez, says much of that success can be drawn back to Zappe’s constant study of the sport.

“You know, Bailey was a very talented high school football player, but the thing that’s really most impressive about him, is he’s always been a student of the game. He’s always been able to be a sponge, and just try and take everything in and grow as a student athlete. ”

As if the quarterback’s feats weren’t impressive enough — Zappe’s trending upwards. The signal caller’s record stats in 2019, breaking, you guessed it — Bailey Zappe’s own marks from a season ago. He believes the best could still be to come.

“This next year I think will be a lot better. This past year didn’t go the way we wanted to of course, being 5-7. We wanted to be 8-4, 9-3 and win conference. But there’s a lot of positive things that we can carry over to the next year, and a lot of negative things we can learn from.”

After that? Well, Zappe understands his superb play is putting him on the radar for plenty of NFL scouts.

“You know, if the opportunity comes to be able to go to a training camp or be part of an NFL team, I’m 100 percent committed to that.”

Sean Coffey, Newscenter 25 Sports