By Mike Meiler email@example.com
Niagara Gazette — PENDLETON — It’s not hard to find Starpoint’s Evan Majewski on the football field.
Wearing No. 20, clad in the school’s garnet and gray, the senior Spartan running back seems to always be around the ball, offensively and defensively.
Majewski has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark rushing in each of the past two seasons, and a move from part-time safety to full-time linebacker has only increased his usage as a defender. “Juice,” as most call him, hopes another big season will lead to collegiate opportunities.
“Evan’s a classical throwback guy,” said head coach Al Cavagnaro. “He works really hard in the weight room and in practice. He doesn’t allow himself to have a bad practice, and how he practices is how he plays, so we never get a bad game from him.”
Majewski added close to 15 pounds to his 5-foot-11 frame over the offseason. He looks bigger and stronger than last year, and another standout season could go a long way toward his goal of playing collegiately.
He’s already received letters from multiple schools, he said, including Division I-A, I-AA and II. With an academic average above 90, Cavagnaro said he could end up with multiple offers.
“He’s an excellent student,” Cavagnaro said. “He can play either side of the ball. He could probably play strong safety at the next level because he can tackle, could play corner, maybe even a little outside linebacker, too. He’s that athletic.”
“I’m curious to see who else is going to be in contact over the next couple months,” Majewski added.
Majewski has also run track since eighth grade, which he said he took up to build speed for football. He ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes last spring, and his speed has become his trademark.
He made a point to say he didn’t shy away from contact, though.
“I like to pop it outside when I can, but I don’t mind the contact,” he said.
“He’d like to shift you and run by you, but he certainly won’t avoid running over you,” Cavagnaro added.
The Spartans are more excited for the benefit Majewski has on younger players. For the second straight season, Cavagnaro named him one of three team captains, a role he said Majewski has grown into.
“He kind of took over halfway through last year, which is when it really became his team,” Cavagnaro said. “He’s led us since.
“He’s been there and done it. He’s a leader in the weight room, and on the field he sees everything. He’ll call out blitzes for the offensive linemen and the quarterback.”
If early signs are any indication, Majewski his due for a big year. He carried the ball 35 times in last weekend’s rain-soaked 7-0 loss to Lockport and said he’s excited to open Class A North play Saturday at Kenmore East (1 p.m.).
“He’s done the right things to get where he is,” Cavagnaro said. “He’ll be rewarded for it — hopefully Saturday.”
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