GALVA — While most of his teammates were in bed, Canton-Galva High School star quarterback Landon Everett was responding to a fire alarm at 2:30 a.m. in Galva.
It was the morning of Oct. 25 and the Eagles were set to open the 8-Man Division I playoffs later that night against Lebo. The Eagles won that game 54-6, and although Everett played well, it was not one of his better games.
Everett went 5 for 10 for 74 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception, although he rushed for 98 yards and added another touchdown on the ground.
“Offensively, we kind of got mixed up on a few of our signals that game,” Everett said. “I had a pretty good game defensively, though.”
After that, Canton-Galva head coach Shelby Hoppes told Everett no more early morning calls. Despite the one mishap, Hoppes is proud of Everett for putting in the time outside of football and giving back to his community.
“I think it shows the kind of kid that he is,” Hoppes said. “He’s willing to put in the time on top of high school academics and athletics and everything else he does. He’s a kid who is willing to wake up at 2 a.m. and go out and save somebody else. I think that’s really cool.”
For Everett, balancing the fine line between star quarterback and volunteer firefighter can be tricky, but he still loves every moment of it.
“I like the medical side of it,” Everett said. “It’s a lot of learning and there are a lot of life experiences you can learn from it.”
Everett has been volunteering with the fire department for nearly a year. Everett says he has family in the fire department, and it’s something he’s grown up around.
“It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do,” Everett said.
Even at a young age, Everett has gained the respect of veteran firefighters.
“He’s an excellent athlete, but he’s a very good young man,” Wayne Williams of the Galva Fire Department said. “He’s a real quiet young man — he listens. You’ve got to pry things out about him about football, he’s not one one to brag. He blends in very well here.”
While he would no doubt be an intriguing prospect for college football scouts, Everett says he is more focused on going to Hutchinson Community College or Butler Community College to get a degree in fire science along with finishing his EMT certification.
“I’ve thought about playing football in college, but I’m pretty content with my career plans.”