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December 13, 2013
Wallace Class B Player of Year
Already a thousand-yard rusher as junior, Ralston's Isaac Wallace wanted to add a new dimension to his game for his senior season, so he put on a little weight.
Twenty pounds of muscle to be exact.
The added strength and explosiveness, which complimented his understanding of how to run the ball effectively, made Wallace into a monster in 2013. His outstanding performance is certainly worthy of his new title - Huskerland Prep Report Class B Player of the Year.
Now 6-2, 195 pounds, Wallace ran over, around and through every defense he faced in 2013, helping the Rams to a 9-2 record and a berth in the state playoff quarterfinals. According to my trusty abacus he finished the season with what is believed to be Class B records of 2,549 yards - an incredible 231.7 yards per game - and 39 touchdowns. His 238 total points scored come out to nearly 22 per game.
"Isaac is a tremendous athlete with outstanding intelligence (4.0 GPA) and drive. His work ethic was outstanding in the off-season as he was able to put on muscle while increasing his speed," says Ralston head coach Tyler Zahn. "What is so special about that achievement is his ability to recognize where he could make improvements as a running back, even though he was already a 1,000 yard rusher as a junior, and that was to increase his physicality and ability to get the tough yards as well as be able to carry the ball 30 to 40 times per game if needed."
No defense wanted to see Wallace with the ball in his hands three or four times a game, to say nothing of 30 or 40.
Coach Zahn points to Wallace's money performance on the road against a stout Beatrice defense - 202 yards - as a turning point in his season.
"I think he used that to elevate his game to an elite status and then followed it with back-to-back 400 yard games against Roncalli (406 yards) in Week 8 and Elkhorn (404 yards) in the first round of the playoffs. Both of those are state records."
Wallace is weighing current offers from South Dakota State and Army, with more to surely following in the coming weeks.