Rising star: Jack Wallace ’25

Before attending his first class as a West High student the Trojans starting quarterback had already made his presence known on campus, freshman Jack Wallace reflects on his new role and transition into high school.


Maddy Smith

Jack Wallace ’25 looks to pass for a first down against Davenport North on Sept. 17.

West Side Story: When did you first show interest in playing football?

Jack Wallace ’25: I think I started showing interest around first or second grade. It has always been my favorite sport, and I really started to focus more on it during middle school.

WSS: Who is your biggest mentor on and off the field?

JW: I think my biggest mentor is my dad. He helps me through a lot of things football-wise and just helps me with anything.

WSS: What were your first impressions of West High?

JW: It was big, but everyone was welcoming, and I like it a lot so far.

WSS: What has it been like playing varsity football as a freshman? Did you have any nerves running out onto the field against Kennedy?

JW: Oh yeah for sure, but it’s been good. I was a little nervous for our first game but, I feel like I’m more settled now that the season is underway.

WSS: Are you ever intimidated by the size or age of your opponents?

JW: No, I don’t think so. I think it doesn’t really matter who’s in front of you, just have to do things right in order to win.

WSS: Do you have any goals for the team or yourself this year

JW: It’s just to get a win each week and if we get that, bigger things will come.

WSS: What are you looking forward to with multiple years left to compete at this level?

JW: I’m looking forward to just getting wins and playing with my teammates, along with some of the kids in my grade as we get older.

Infographic by Owen Aanestad

WSS: Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions? 

JW: No wristbands on my right arm especially when I throw and then I just listen to music before games.

WSS: Is there a mantra or a quote you live by? 

JW: Yeah, Philippians 4:13. Everyone’s probably heard it but, it’s, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I just go by that.