Warren Central’s (Indianapolis, IN) 35-14 win over Carmel in last week’s Class 5A State Championship game gave the senior class its fourth consecutive state championship. For Darren Evans , the 6-1, 212-pound All-American running back, this championship run was sweeter for a few reasons.
“It means more just cause it’s my senior year and the last game of my high school career,” Evans said of capturing another championship. “The win put us in the history books. No other team has won four times in a row. Coming in and starting as a sophomore to now, going through this is special.”
Evans finishes his high school career as one of the most productive backs in the history of state of Indiana high school football. This season, he rushed for 2,806 yards and scored 61 touchdowns (a state record). He rushed for over 2,000 yards in each of the two previous season as well.
Evans was quick to credit his teammates for his success.
“There are other weapons around. It’s not just me,” Evans said. “No team can be one dimensional. It’s hard to do that. You have to have more than one person who can get the ball and put points up. We have a lot of weapons – a good wide receiver, a good quarterback and two good wing backs. Of course, we’ve got a line that can block even when the defense knows what’s coming.”
This year, the star running back has been featured in national publications such as USA Today and Sports Illustrated. But Evans, who seems to have a laid-back personality, remains humbled.
“My take on that is like everything else,” Evans said. “I never would have thought I’d be in this position. People are calling me. Everywhere I go, someone knows who I am. I never thought it would come to this point, to have a full ride to college and the opportunities I have.”
Evans committed to Virginia Tech this past summer and has never wavered. In fact, he seems more excited than ever to be a Hokie.
“I’m just riding it out with Virginia Tech,” Evans said. “I can’t wait to get there. Just watching them and seeing their history, I can’t wait. Just [Wednesday], Coach Hite visited me. I’m in the hospital (Evans says he is fine, just has a sickness and will be released soon) and he visited me. That’s showing how much he cares. I appreciate that stuff. That was being a good person. He talked with me and my parents. He told me he can’t wait for...
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