David Alcala, a 1996 Quincy high School graduate and former Eastern Washington University (EWU) football player, was honored recently by the university for his part in their athletic program.
This month, EWU football has announced four All-Time Football Teams from alumni players. The teams are:
• Dick Zornes All-Time Team
• Mike Kramer All-Time Team
• Decade 2000-09 All-Time Team
• Decade 2010-19 All-Time Team (yet to be announced)
EWU has over 1,600 football letterwinners in school history and chose to honor only 219 of them. Alcala was honored in the Decade 2000-09 All-Time team. Alcala played for EWU from 1997-2000 as a defensive tackle.
According to the release from EWU Athletics, to be chosen to the all decade teams, players needed to have earned at least third team All-Big Sky Conference honors, with other players automatically added by being named team MVP on offense, defense or special teams, or as an Academic All-American.
The 2000-09 team consisted of only 67 players who concluded their careers as Eagles between 2000 and 2009. Coached by Paul Wulff (2000-07) and later Beau Baldwin (2008-09), Eastern had a 67-49 record in those 10 seasons, including a 45-30 record in the Big Sky Conference. Eastern won league titles in 2004 and 2005, and advanced to the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
He was noted by former QHS Head Football Coach Alexander to have 20 unassisted tackles in just one game. This happened in the high school state playoff against Riverside in 1994.
Coach Alexander noted that Alcala was “quietly relentless.” He also said how humble Alcala was. “He was the first one to compliment his teammates and the first one to give credit to the team and not just himself,” said Coach Alexander.
He was an All-State player his junior and senior year. He was also one of only a handful of QHS players selected First-Team All-State among all classifications.
When asked about the most memorable part of playing college football, Alcala said that the whole journey was memorable and that there were many memorable victories. “People can’t pay for that experience,” Alcala said.
Manuel Ybarra was an offensive/defensive lineman football coach for Alcala while he was in high school. Ybarra said that Alcala was big, strong, fast and a great athlete. He also said that Alcala was very driven and a pleasure to coach. “He was one of the best, if not the best, lineman I have ever coached,” Ybarra said.
While there were many people he looked up to, Alcala said one of the most influential was fellow EWU player Chris Scott. Scott, a Wenatchee local, was his recruiting host and then mentor. Scott was also honored by EWU this month by being picked for the “Dick Zornes All Time Team.” He played from 1994-1997.
Alcala said that it is cool to receive recognition for all the hard work it took. He said he wanted to thank his parents for completely supporting him and to the people in Quincy for making it possible for “a small town kid to play a little college football.” “It truly was a village,” Alcala said.
He graduated from EWU with an interdisciplinary degree in criminal justice and sociology. The 43-year-old now works for the Department of Corrections at the Airway Heights prison as a sergeant.