By Vinny Benedetto, The Gazette
Palmer Ridge junior quarterback Ty Evans ended an up-and-down week with the highest of highs.
After taking a hard hit that briefly knocked him out of the Bears’ semifinal win over Palisade last Saturday and decommitting from Arkansas the next day, Evans avoided distraction and any lingering pain to help Palmer Ridge capture its first state football championship Saturday with a 46-21 win over Erie in the Class 3A state championship game at Air Force’s Falcon Stadium.
“There was a lot of things going through my mind, I’m going to be honest, but I just decided myself that I was going to forget all of that and focus on the game,” Evans said. “My team deserves my 100 percent focus.”
Evans appeared to be dialed in, throwing for three touchdowns and running in a fourth. After the Bears huddled around their newest piece of hardware, Evans accepted the game’s most outstanding player award.
“For him to come out and perform the way that he did today – a play breaks down here by the end zone, and he’s able to scramble in and get that done – I’m so proud of him,” Bears coach Tom Pulford said. “I’m so proud of the way he leads this team.”