While most athleticism develops over time, some people are simply born with a gift.
Aaron Ward is a naturally-gifted athlete. He started playing
quarterback in the fourth grade and has harnessed his natural ability to
become one of Montana’s Class B football stars.
“As a player,
he’s super athletic, he’s really intelligent and he’s very competitive,”
Falcons coach Terry Maki said. “When you put all those things together,
he’s a really well-rounded athlete and that’s why he’s our quarterback.
We put a lot on him. We depend on him quite a bit.”
A senior who
also plays basketball and runs track, Ward put up 1,279 yards and 14
touchdowns against just five interceptions in leading No. 8 Florence to a
7-1 record. The lone loss came against No. 3-ranked Loyola Sacred Heart
(8-0) last Friday in the regular-season finale.
“This season has
still been pretty special,” Ward said. “We were undefeated until we
played Loyola. They’re a good team to lose to, nothing to be ashamed
about. We gave it our all and I just hope we can keep winning throughout
Nothing would please Ward more than winning a
state title, but he and his teammates are perhaps more concerned with
how they will remember the season.
“I’m just looking to leave it
all out on the field,” the 6-foot-3, 175-pound quarterback said. “I want
to make some memories in the couple more games I have left with my
friends. It’s the last time I’m going to get to play in high school so I
want it to be memorable.
“It’s been really fun. When you work so
hard and so long with so many friends, it becomes really special once
you get to your senior year.”