Wallace's quarterback season at Evart was amazing

Evart junior was among the state's leading QBs

Evart quarterback Preston Wallace (12) gets set to pass the ball against Iron Mountain on Saturday in the state regional title game.

Evart quarterback Preston Wallace (12) gets set to pass the ball against Iron Mountain on Saturday in the state regional title game.

Courtesy photo/Iron Mountain News

EVART – Preston Wallace would have loved playing another game this weekend.

The junior Evart quarterback and his teammates took Iron Mountain down to the wire before falling 34-33 in Saturday’s regional title game.

But it was another huge season for the Wildcat quarterback, in his second year as a starter in that position.

Going into the playoffs, “going into this year I think we are better,” Wallace said. “I think our mind set is better. We know what we can do this year.

“This year, I really worked during the offseason strength. I think that really helped this year. I’ve been able to throw the ball deeper and more accurate.”

Evart finished 10-2 and had several memorable moments.

“The Lake City game really stands out because a lot of people had to standout and they did,” Wallace said. “We’ve had good receivers rung good crisp routes and I know where to put the ball.”

Wallace also emerged as a good running quarterback this season and gave plenty of credit to star running back Cole Hopkins.

“This threat in the backfield really opens it up for me,” Wallace said.

The close loss to Beal City, which enable the Aggies to win the Highland Conference title, might have been one of the Wildcats’ best efforts, Wallace indicated.

“Everybody knows we were good and we just had to go out there and show it,” he said.

Preston will now focus on basketball. He also plays baseball and said this sport and football are his two top sports.

“Preston has really prepared himself physically and mentally over the last year,” Evart coach Pat Craven said. “He has worked and devoted countless hours with his quarterback coach to prepare him to be his best every Friday night.  He has grown and improved in every aspect of the game. He is a tough and competitive kid with tremendous will to win.”

Craven noted Wallace leads the entire state of Michigan in touchdown passes with 32 and total QBR (136.4).  He had 2,337 yards passing and completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing only four interceptions.  He was voted MHSFCA All Region quarterback, first team all-conference, and was quickly closing in on state records for TD passes, Craven noted.