East Knox’s Gallwitz one of eight finalists for award

CINCINNATI — The Ohio High School Athletic Association, in coordination with the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association, announced the Wednesday winner of the 33rd annual Mr. Football award and 2019 recipient is Wyoming quarterback Evan Prater.

“This means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family, but I think it means something to the whole city of Cincinnati,” Prater said. “I am so happy to bring Mr. Football back here. I’m so glad to represent Wyoming, my family and everyone in this great community.”

In 2019, Prater landed the knockout blow to his foes early and often. Of his 21 touchdown passes, 20 of them came in the first half of Cowboys games. After halftime he took care of business with his legs posting 17 of his 28 rushing touchdowns on the season in quarters three and four.

Wyoming went 13-1 and finished the regular season undefeated for a fourth year in a row. The Cowboys won a second consecutive Region 16 crown and made back-to-back final four appearances for the first time in program history.

Wyoming went 40-2 with Prater as a starter the last three years and was undefeated (15-0) en route to the 2018 Division IV state championship.

East Knox running back Caleb Gallwitz was one of eight finalists for the award. Gallwitz finished the season with 2,808 yards rushing, leading the Bulldogs to their first-ever state semifinal appearance. He averaged over 10 yards per carry during the regular season, helping EK win the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference with a perfect 10-0 record.

“It’s a great honor. There’s a lot of hard work that goes into this. There’s a lot of good football players around the state and to be one of the finalists, to be considered for this, I’m not sure if words can express how great an honor this is,” said East Knox coach Cody Reese. “It’s definitely a reflection of the hard work he’s put in, as well as the team.”

Gallwitz, a 6-foot, 195-pound senior, had previously been named as Offensive Player of the Year in the state in Division VI, as well as Offensive Player of the Year by the Mount Vernon News, the KMAC and Central District. He rushed for 41 touchdowns and 2,253 yards in the regular season.

“He’s just a great kid. He never cared about stats, he just wanted to win,” Reese said. “He’s done a great job being a leader. Everything he’s accomplished, he’s earned. But, he would give the team all the credit. That’s the type of kid he is.”

Other finalists for the award included Angelo Grose, Mansfield Senior, Sr, 5-10/190, DB; Gabe Jones, West Jefferson, Sr, 5-11/170, RB; Ian Kipp, Mentor, Jr, 6-2/205, QB; Baron May, New Philadelphia, Sr, 6-2/200, QB; Ethan Wright, Akron Manchester, 6-1/195, sr., RB and Drew Schiano, Perry, Sr, 6-0/145, QB.


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