Alex Evans was glad to wake up extra sore on Saturday.
The Roseville High School senior running back earned his extra time under a mound of covers after rushing 30 times for 305 yards and four touchdowns the night before in a 32-25 victory over Bella Vista for the Tigers’ first triumph in seven outings this frustrating fall.
Evans is The Bee’s Prep of the Week, through fan voting on sacbee.com.
Said Evans, “I feel like my body went through a washing machine six times.”
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The good scrub washed away the grime of a season mired in injuries. Roseville, one of the region’s most storied programs, has lost 10 players for the season with injuries. Four others have missed four more games. Evans and the Tigers have soldiered on, and he expressed gratitude for team resolve.
“It was great to pull out the first win after working so hard this year, and everyone on the team was excited,” Evans said. “While the results have been frustrating it’s still a fun season. This football season has prepared me a lot for rugby season as well.”
Rugby is Evans’ other passion. He hopes to play that sport for Central Washington or Saint Mary’s College.
For now, he aims to finish the football season strong against Whitney, Ponderosa and Oakmont.
Roseville suffered close losses to Chico (20-7), Rio Linda (28-20), Cosumnes Oaks (36-21) and Antelope (21-10).