ALMOND — As a sophomore, Wyatt Richtmyre was thrown into the mix as a starting quarterback for the Almond-Bancroft football team.
Not only did the 6-foot-1 signall-caller show he was deserving, but Richtmyre led the Eagles to the first Division 7 state semifinal berth in school history.
With a valuable year of varsity experience under his belt, Richtmyre has returned for his junior season stronger, smarter and more confident. He also has A-B in the state quarterfinals with a date against Coleman set for Friday at the Almond Athletic Complex.
“Offensively, he taken it to another level from the end of last year and I thought we were pretty good at the end of the year last season,” Almond-Bancroft coach Andrew Bradley said. “Wyatt’s arm strength and ability to throw the deep ball definitely sets him apart.”
Richtmyre, who threw for 1,032 yards and 14 touchdowns with only two interceptions as a sophomore, showed off that arm in a 40-28 win over Athens in Level 2 playoff action last week.
Backed up deep in their own territory and clinging to a 21-14 lead, Richtmyre dropped back and unleashed a picturesque pass 50 yards in the air, hitting Johl Tuezinski in stride for an 88-yard scoring strike.
Richtmyre has put up even more impressive passing numbers this season. He has thrown for 1,524 yards and 21 touchdowns through 11 games. More importantly, the Eagles are unbeaten under his leadership.
“(The 88-yard touchdown pass in Level 2) has to be one of the first times I’ve thrown the ball that close to our own goal line, and that’s a credit to the confidence I have in him right now,” Bradley said. “He has improved his footwork, which has led me trusting in him in key situations.”
Why did you get involved in football and what about the sport appeals to you? I got involved in football when I was in third grade playing Pop Warner. The biggest thing that appealed to me was watching my older brothers play because when I was younger I wanted to be just like them.
How do you see your role on this Almond-Bancroft football team? I see myself as one of the leaders and a great role model for the community.
Where do you feel you’ve made the greatest strides as a quarterback over your Almond-Bancroft varsity career? I have been on varsity for three years but only started for two of them. My greatest strides would be being able to jump in my sophomore year and helping lead the team to round four of the WIAA playoffs.
As a sophomore you lead the Eagles to the Division 7 state semifinals. What is the most important thing you learned from that experience? I learned that it’s important to try your hardest until the very end.
If you couldn’t play quarterback, what position would you love to play? I would have to say wide receiver.
How do you prepare in the time leading up to the opening kickoff? I usually go over to Kyle’s house and sleep for a bit or play pool.
You spend the winter playing basketball and spring playing baseball for A-B. If you absolutely had to make a choice and you could only play one sport all school year, which would you choose and why? I would have to choose football because I have the most interest in that sport.
What has been the highlight of your football career up until this point? The biggest highlight would be winning the Central Wisconsin Conference 10 championship this year.
Who has been your role model growing up and what lesson have they taught you that you’ll take with you the rest of your life? My biggest role models would have to be my older brothers Al and Cory because they taught me that no matter what happens you can always overcome what is thrown at you.
If you could choose to meet one person in the history of the world, dead or alive, who would you want to meet, and what would you like to find out about them? Elvis Presley, and I would like to know how did he get his hair so perfect.
Name something on your bucket list that you absolutely have to get done by the time you turn 40: Set a world record.
What is your greatest fear? Spiders.
How would you define happiness in your life? Spending time with my family and loved ones.
What can’t you live without? Hunting and sports.
If you could play football for any college in the country, what school would you choose? University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Scott A. Williams can be reached at 715-345-2282, or on email at email@example.com. Find him on Twitter as @SPJScottWill
Family: Father, Todd Richtmyre; Mother, Lisa Lauer; Brothers, Al and Cory Richtmyre
Favorite subject: Phy-ed
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite all-time movie: “Varsity Blues”
Favorite TV show: “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite cartoon character: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite super hero: Superman
Favorite musical group/artist: Johnny Cash
Favorite pro athlete: JJ Watt
Favorite team: Cowboys
Favorite place in central Wisconsin: Home
Favorite vacation spot: Washington State
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: Facebook
iPhone or Android: Android
Fantasy job/career: NFL player