Evan Wright from Arcade, N.Y., had quite a 2019 playing football in Western New York. As quarterback and linebacker for the Pioneer Wildcats, the 2028 athlete rushed for 1,047 yards and scored 15 touchdowns in just seven games. Wright ran wild in the team’s Wildcat formation, using his speed to rack up big gains and scores; he also scored yet another TD on defense for the Wildcats on a 47-yard scoop-and-score fumble recovery. Wright’s outstanding play helped lead the team to the N.Y. state championship, which resulted in him being named overall MVP for the Wildcats.
This past December, he also got to play QB for the 4th-grade D1 Savage championship white squad in the Diamond Sports All American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, which was his second invite after the first in 2018.
The invites for Wright keep coming his year, as he has been selected for the D1 Savage All American Spring Game in Virginia Beach over Memorial Day weekend. One of his personal goals is to make it to the East vs. West D1 Savage All-Star Game, featuring the best of the best across the country. If he continues his steadily improving play, he should make it there eventually.
When asked about his favorite part of playing football, he replied, “It’s being part of a team—I love the game. [I also like to] help my team succeed on and off the field.”
Wright not only loves playing football, he also enjoys participating in a variety of sports, which include baseball, rugby and wrestling. When he plays baseball, his batting average was .652, which was between three teams, with two of them a year older than him.
On the wrestling mat for Pioneer, he earned the "Panther Pride Award" and also received the Pioneer Youth Wrestling "Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
You can check out his highlights for football and wrestling in his Youth1 profile to see his rushing, passing and tackling talents when playing football as well as his wrestling skills.
Wright’s flourishing QB skills are being helped along as he trains weekly under Jim Kubiak at the WNY Quarterback Academy. Kubiak has invaluable football experience—as QB, he was co-captain of the Naval Academy Football team, and he’s the Academy’s all-time leading passer. Kubiak also started two seasons in NFL Europe and was a four-year standout in the Arena Football League, and he trained with Peyton Manning, Vinny Testaverde and Chad Pennington during his time in the NFL.
Kubiak is teaching Wright proper footwork and throwing mechanics, as well as passing routes and timing. Wright is also learning how to understand defensive formations and how to read them.
In regard to his character off the field, Wright’s peers at Pioneer Central School picked him to be a "character cop" this year, which is a major honor at his school.
If you’re in the Western New York area or beyond, be on the lookout for this talented young man—he should be a standout in any number of sports.
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