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In the landscape of Tri-state area football, Indiana is often overlooked. However, there’s no doubt that what East Central has accomplished over the past decade shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Trojans’ 15 Sectional titles are tied for 16th best in Indiana history. It was the fourth consecutive year that East Central has had at least nine wins. Since 2000, the program has posted a 109-35 record.
One of the big factors in the team’s success a year ago came from the play of junior Evan Fette. He was named team MVP, All- Dearborn County and earned Class 4A Honorable Mention All-Indiana honors for his overall play. The junior had 27 solo and 51 assisted tackles to go along with 14 tackles for losses and three interceptions in 2011. On offense, he led the Trojans 28 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned an interception and a blocked punt for scores.
In addition to the success he had on the gridiron, Fette gained valuable experience a year ago.
“I learned many things from last year but one thing that really stood out to me is that it don't matter what the scoreboard says at the end of the game,” Fette claimed. “It’s knowing that when you leave that field you did everything you could to help the team.”
He is working hard on improving this off-season in many areas, including improving his size, quickness and technique. While he expects his role to be similar this season, Fette knows he needs to become more of a leader and lead by example.
“We’re looking for big things from him this year,” head coach Tim Behlmer said of the senior-to-be. “That will be from both sides of the ball. You need playmakers and we believe he will do just that for our team.”
Behlmer, like most Trojans fans, is excited about the season ahead. Fette knows this year has the chance to be a special one at the school.
“What I like most about this team is that we all play good together, and we've played with each other ever since grade school,” Fette claimed. “There isn't much to dislike about this year’s team.”
Recruiting has been slow thus far for Fette and he doesn’t have many plans of yet for camps this summer, but he is looking forward to it. For now, he just soaking in all the feedback he’s getting from the coaching staff and trying to get his game to the next level.
“They've taught me discipline and how to carry myself through life,” Fette said of Behlmer and his staff.
The 2012 season promises to be an exciting one in St. Leon and Fette should be at the middle of the team’s success.
FINAL TAKE: Fette’s contributions on both sides of the ball can’t be ignored. At 6-foot-2 he has the size to be an impact player. If he can add some muscle and strength he’ll become even more dangerous. While it remains to be seen if he’ll get a chance to play at the next level, Fette will have a chance to leave his mark in the deep history of East Central football in the year ahead.
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