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YOUTH FOOTBALL

Jr Thunder’s quarterback makes West Coast All American

By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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The Rocklin Jr. Thunder continued its reputation of producing top football players by placing their Midgets’ quarterback on the national All American team for his age sponsored by West Coast Offense-Defense. Rocklin’s Evan Michalet was also among 13 quarterbacks nationally and one of four in California. “It hasn’t hit me,” said the 13-year-old Michalet. He was also voted MVP at the Offense-Defense camp in San Francisco this summer. WCOD ranks the players according to how they score in a number of drills in which they participate. These statistics are also compared nationally. While an eighth-grade student at Granite Oaks Middle School, Michalet spent six months training for the camp through plyometrics, strength building and running. He also maintained a 3.6 grade-point-average at Granite Oaks. His regimen has also paid off for the Jr. Thunder. In games against Ponderosa’s Jr. Bruins and Whitney’s Jr. Wildcats, the 5-foot, 9-inch, 145-pound Michalet was responsible for eight touchdowns and ran for a total of 387 yards. “His leadership is well beyond what you’d expect from a 13-year-old young man,” said Michalet’s Jr. Thunder coach Chris O’Brien. O’Brien said Michalet’s work ethic and leadership uplifts his teammates as he communicates well with his fellow players. Assistant coach Brian Brown of the Midgets said Michalet’s maturity is comparable to that of a junior in high school. Brown has known Michalet since he began playing football at age 6. Although now with the Jr. Thunder, Michalet has also played for the Jr. Tigers of Roseville and Jr. Golden Eagles of Del Oro. He has a 2009 championship banner hanging in his room commemorating his season with the Jr. Eagles. “He’s always been determined, since the day he was born,” said his mother, Taria Baker-Michalet. She said her son took it upon himself to train with the high school players at the camp. Offense-Defense also assists players in preparing for the camps. Michalet was able to get some pointers via telephone from Milow Wens who represents the organization in South Carolina. The University of Oregon, where Michalet hopes to one day play, will host the Nike and Under Armour camp in June. Michalet also has an invitation to visit Houston in December and play in the Offense-Defense All American West Coast vs. East Coast game scheduled for Jan. 1. The winner of that game is invited to play a “Super Bowl” against the Canadian champion. Anyone willing to give Michalet financial assistance can go online to TexasBowlTravelFund@gmail.com and donate.