Evart state champion is ready for more

Cole Hopkins expected to be major force for Evart football team

Evart's Cole Hopkins is expected to be a force for the Wildcat football team.

Evart's Cole Hopkins is expected to be a force for the Wildcat football team.

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EVART — The last time he was in the athletic circles, Evart’s Cole Hopkins was celebrating an undefeated state championship wrestling season.

This summer, he’s been working at fine-tuning his wrestling skills while also focusing on summer work with the Evart football team.

He didn’t have a sport in the spring but continues to focus on wrestling. Hopkins said he’s hoping for a college wrestling career when he graduates but his decision is a long ways off. He’s been busy this summer with football, wrestling and weight-lifting.

Football practices start on Aug. 8. Hopkins will be starting at running back and linebacker.

“I’m trying to be a leader,” he said. “We have a bunch of new guys coming in. We want to put in the work so we have a good year.”

It will be Hopkins’ fourth season of Evart football sand third on varsity.

“Last year, we had a bunch of good guys,” Hopkins said. “At the end, we  started losing a bit. We were battling injuries a little bit. Hopefully this year everyone can stay healthy. I think we’ll in the 20s with our numbers, something like that.”

As a running back, Hopkins hopes to use his strength and power to gain a lot of yards. His pursuit to the ball is expected to be fierce.

“In the league, Beal City and McBain will be strong,” Hopkins said.

When it comes to wrestling, Hopkins will be bidding for a huge season although there’s not too much more which can be done to top an undefeated state championship season.

“I’ve been working to stay in shape and learning new techniques and looking for a good season,” Hopkins said.

THE COLE HOPKINS FILE

Favorite football player: Tom Brady

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite subject in school: History

Favorite TV show: Stranger Things

Dream car: Lamborghini 

Favorite activity outside of sports: Jet skiing