Wickett added to PA Big 30 roster

Staff Writer

Jake Wickett became the latest Elker to join teammates Paul Gresco, Robert Briggs, Greg Simon, and Hayden Haupright on the 2020 Pennsylvania Big 30 roster. The 47th annual Big 30 Charities Classis will be held Aug. 1 at Bradford's Parkway Field. Wickett is the definition of a two-way player. Not only did he put up huge offensive numbers during his three years he also excelled in the Elkers defensive backfield.
“He’ll be the first to tell you that he earned his merit. As a sophomore out of all this senior class, he was one of the few that saw playing time. He looked up to Neal Macdonald (rushed for 1,100 yards his senior year) big time. I think he carried on what Neal taught him and he passed that on to our younger guys. He’s a tremendous kid with an excellent work ethic” Heindl said.
Wickett had a magical senior year offensively, defensively, and on special teams. He had perhaps the best game ever by an Elker in Ridgway’s, 61-6, win at Punxsutawney Sept. 27. He rushed for 66 yards on seven carries, caught seven passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, caught a two-point pass from Gresco, and returned interceptions 80 and 85-yards for two TD’s.
He was named a District 9 Large School Division All-Star at both running back and safety. He rushed for 665 yards on 104 carries and scored 13 TDs on the ground, caught 30 passes for 512 yards and six touchdowns, scored twice on two-point conversions, returned 23 punts for 138 yards and two touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for 40 yards to open the second half in the Elkers win over Karns City in the District 9 2-A semi-finals. Defensively Wickett finished the season with three interceptions, 33 solo tackles and was in on 41 others.
The 5’7’’, 165-pound standout ended his career with 230 carries for 1,328 yards and 23 touchdowns, caught 49 passes for 220 yards and eight touchdowns, scored seven two-point conversions, returned 26 punts for 232 yards and three touchdowns, and as a sophomore, he returned 12 kickoffs for 220 yards to go along with his 40-yarder in the playoff win over Karns City. On defense, he finished with the three interceptions, recovered a fumble his junior year, and recorded 63 solo tackles and assisted on 88 others.
“Jake and these kids are so humble. They’re all about the program and that’s a big reason why our program is where it is,” the four-straight district title-winning coach said. “Jake had a lot of stamina. To get that he had to work and his work ethic is tremendous. Every day he went to school, worked a part-time job, put the work in in the weight room, and brought energy to practice. He kept busy and that work ethic definitely paid off not only for him but it rubbed off on the rest of the team.”