One of the state’s top junior athletes picked a good time to go off in Mt View’s big upset win (31-14) over Marist on Friday. John Carroll (6-4 190 Jr WR/S) was all over the field all the more begging the question, is he the state’s top 3 sport underclassman? He scored 2 of Mt View’s 4 Tds (25 Int return, 5 Rec Td) and the Cougars beat a team that had lost only twice in three years. Carroll added to his Td total for the year accounting for 14 scores on the season, while missing the first three games of the year with an injury.
Going into Friday’s semi final performance Carroll had amassed 511 receiving yards on 25 catches with 10 receiving Touchdowns. On defense he has accounted for 3 Ints and 9 knock downs, a year after earning second team all league honors on both sides of the ball as a sophomore. In 2011 he earned first team all league honors on the defense and second team on offense.
All of theses stats and accolades only begin to touch on the resume Carroll has put together. He’s an incredible athlete, but an even better kid. He currently sits with a 3.96 GPA and multiple options in different sports. As a freshman he lettered in the 3 major sports (Football, Baseball, Basketball), something very few athletes ever do at such a young age. In baseball he hit .432 with 6 home runs earning first team all league honors and honorable mention all state honors as a centerfielder. In basketball he was voted the teams defensive player of the year. It just goes on and on.
All of this has been done at a young age, but John has his sights set on a state championship, ” I think we have prepared well and our seniors are a special group”. To put into perspective how big of a win Friday night was you can look at a recent “pick em challenge” where games are voted. 32 people made their selections and 32 of them (Including myself) took Marist. It was big for the Central Oregon Community, and all of the doubters who thought the Spartans from Eugene couldn’t be challenged. Mt View is currently (11-1) and (22-2) over the last two years with both losses coming to Sherwood.
Carroll has to be getting pretty sick of the Bowmen losing to them in the state baseball quarterfinals, followed by the 2 football losses. He will get a chance for redemption next Saturday as Mt View will try to win its first ever State Championship. When asked about his stellar play on Friday he says, ” right place, right time”.
We will hear a lot about the young veteran from the other side of the mountains over the next couple years. If you go to his backyard, you will find a baseball field and batting cages that are used to train for both football and baseball. You will also find a full basketball court. Sounds more like heaven. Carroll’s a special athlete and we look forward to following his progress in the state championship and beyond.