Ram of the Week: Evan Leake


Brandyn Wilcoxen, Sports Editor

Out of the collection of fall sports offered at MVTHS, arguably the one with the most attention drawn to it is football. Under the lights at Ken Hunt Stadium, the student body along with generations of Rams alumni gather to see the widespread high school phenomenon. Each week, one Ram is recognized for their exceptional performance. This week’s WMIX Sports/Josh Finley, Country Financial Ram of the Week is Evan Leake, ‘21 of Rams football, who tallied over 250 total yards, two receiving touchdowns, and a passing touchdown in a game against Triad.

“It feels great,” said Leake on earning the award. “I put in the work all the time for this.”

Just like any aspiring athlete, Leake knows the work it takes to reach his desired level of play.

“I put in a ton of work, whether it’s in practice, watching and studying film. You can’t cheat and be good. There is no easy way out and I am well aware of that.”

Leake’s ability to break tackles and outrun defenders proved beneficial to the cause, as he was responsible for each of the Rams’ three touchdowns.

“I love to workout. Weight lifting and speed training really brings you out of your comfort zone and that’s what football is always about. There is a lot to being successful.”

Leake provided all of the Rams’ six-point efforts in a 45-25 loss against the Triad Knights. However, the team’s 0-3 start doesn’t phase their most versatile player.

“Being a good teammate and winning football games is a big part of my accomplishment,” said Leake. “I really want a winning record and a shot in the playoffs.”

To have a chance at the postseason, Mt. Vernon would have to win five of their final six regular season games, when they will meet each of their South 7 Conference rivals before a visit from Mt. Carmel to cap off the season. No matter how the 2019 MV football season turns out, Leaks has his sights set on his future in football.

“I see myself playing way beyond high school. I’m a competitor, I really want to play college ball. As a kid, I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL. It’s always been a dream of mine. But all in all, I really look forward to playing college football and working my tail off.”

Even considering all the effort Leake has put into making himself the best player he can be, no man can do it alone.

“I would love to thank the fans, my friends and my teammates and coaches for supporting me and making me who I am today, especially my family.”

Leake’s Rams will return to the field on Friday, September 20th when they visit the Althoff Crusaders.