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W. Lincoln’s Evan Lopes signs with Brevard

Lopes, accompanied by (from left) West Lincoln principal Dr. Cale Sain, head football coach Tom Sain and athletic director Wayne Navey, signs his letter of intent to Brevard.

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Writer

West Lincoln’s Evan Lopes is the first Rebel senior to sign his letter of intent to continue playing football at the college level.
Lopes, who played on both offense and defense during the Rebels’ 4-8 2011 season, signed with the Brevard College Tornados as an all-purpose back. The Tornados finished the 2011 season at 3-8.
“I reached out to a couple of other schools, but Brevard was the one that was really interested in me,” Lopes said. “I know I might not have Division I talent, but I worked hard to get to where I’m at so this is what I’m going to do.”
Lopes said he hoped to work his way up into playing time during his freshman year.
“I’d like to make the travel team, that’s my first goal,” he said. “You get on the 100-man roster, then you have to make the 53-man travel roster.”
To prepare for competition at the college level, Lopes said he’s been working hard in the weight room.
“Right now I’m in the muscle building phase,” he said. “When we get later on into the spring I’ll do some speed work and some agility drills, but for now I’m just living in the weight room.”
Lopes will be joining former teammates Billy Newton and Bradley Newton on the Brevard roster.
Lopes said he was happy to be attending a school close to home.
“Once the season is over, I’ll be able to visit family and I can bring people up to watch me play,” he said. “I’ve had several chance to visit the town and the campus, I’ll definitely spend the next four years there.”

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