Ace Wales and his Central Yellow Jackets struggled at the start of the season, losing five of their first six games. But the schedule included several larger, more talented schools, such as Seneca, Ballard, Male, Manual and St. Xavier. But Central got on a roll at the end of the year, winning eight of their last nine games in route to a title.
"It was so exciting (to win state)," said Wales. "I had a lot of fun winning it this year," he said.
On the year, Wales rushed 297 times for 2994 yards and 37 touchdowns in 15 games. He also caught 16 passes for 209 more yards and a touchdown. Wales also returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown as well.
"I think I played better, but I still don't think it was the best of my ability," he said.
Wales hopes to work on his game and prepare for next season. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound back plans to work on his size in the off-season not only to become a better player for himself, but to help his team attempt to win state again. That's a task he believes Central is up to.
"I think we're going to be better than we were because now I think we have more experience," Wales said. "We have to have more players step up on each side of the ball (to repeat)," he said.