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Charles in charge

Football’s top award winner says he’s yet to decide on where he’ll land next season

By Ned Bekavac
Guelph Tribune

Charles Carrier of the John F. Ross Royals seemed to have little trouble finding the end zone during the 2012 District 10 high school football season.

Choosing the next step in his football career looks like it might be a tad tougher.

Carrier, named winner of the Nick FitzGibbon Most Outstanding Player Award at the District 10 football awards luncheon last week, says he has yet to decide where he’ll play next season.

While some whispers suggest that Western and Guelph are among his top choices, Carrier wouldn’t name any potential schools when asked.

“I’m going to stay in Ontario,” he said. “But which school I decide to go to is to be determined.”

This past season, the running back had 21 total touchdowns – rushing, receiving and punt returns included – and chalked up more than 1,000 yards rushing.

Carrier said that winning the FitzGibbon award – named after former Guelph Gryphon football great Nick FitzGibbon, a graduate of Centennial CVI – is a “really good feeling.

“I worked for it,” said Carrier. “It’s good to have your hard work recognized.”

Carrier was also named Most Outstanding Offensive Player at the awards luncheon, which was sponsored by the Guelph Gryphons and hosted by their head football coach, Stu Lang, and took place on Thursday at Cutten Fields.

Carrier’s Royals went undefeated on their way to winning the District 10 title this past season.

They then topped Saugeen of Port Elgin in the CWOSSA semifinals.

The team’s season ended with a road loss against Brantford Assumption in the CWOSSA finals.

A win would have put them into the Western Bowl finals at the Rogers Centre.

For Carrier, it was an especially tough way to end the season, and his Ross career. He had to watch the game from the sidelines due to concussion issues.

“It was a terrible feeling,” says Carrier, who says he now has no concussion symptoms.

“Just not being able to contribute to my team and help them win.”

Asked what the highlight of his final season at Ross was, Carrier responds quickly.

“My teammates. It was by far the closest team I’ve ever played for,” he said.

Earning the Rookie of the Year honour was Xavier Dowle of Our Lady of Lourdes; Lineman of the Year was Blake Aram of John F. Ross and Most Outstanding Defensive Player was Stewart Vander Made of Lourdes.

Also honoured at Thursday’s awards luncheon were District 10 football all-stars, whose names appeared in an earlier print edition of the Tribune.






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