We normally wait until the post season is over or close to name our Player of the Year selections. Having said that this season in the 6A in Oregon we feel that we have a clear winner and have made our selection. The performances and efforts of this young man and the extraordinary way he was moved to the top of the QB rankings are beyond remarkable.
Beaverton High School is home to many excellent football players. In Coach Bob Boyer and his staff they have arguably the best and most seasoned group of men who have assembled to teach our young men the game and how to win. That is a dance these coaches have been doing for years and years and over time they have proven they can do more with less.
The Beavers are a hard-nosed bunch. Talented. Driven. And somehow the image of the lunch pail carrying blue-collar grinder emanates from their players.
Carson Crawford has been a stand out athlete on the Varsity at Beaverton for 3 seasons now. Last year he proved himself as a two-way star and despite not being the biggest guy he made every down count. Like many of the Beavers he is called upon to play both ways and did so last year in amazing fashion.
This season with the exit of Colorado bound star QB Sam Noyer he was asked to play QB. Despite the fact that he has never played the position (ever) he stepped up. Yes his father Chris was one of the greatest QB’s to ever play in the Metro League and in the Big Sky. But that is where his exposure to the position ended. This is not a kid who was a Youth Football QB or one who always wanted to be a QB. All Carson has ever wanted to do it to help Beaverton compete and win if at all possible.
In the opener after having a bit of the Summer to prepare Crawford led the Beavers onto the field in Battleground (WA) in game 1. He threw for 235 yards and 3 TD’s and ran for another 50. The game was close and the Beavers despite the effort fell 35-21. Battleground ended the season as the #12 in Washington. Coach Mike Peck of Battleground called us after the game to ask us what we knew about Crawford saying “That guy was the best player we have seen in a long time”.
From those humble beginnings Carson went through the season as the leader he was asked to be. More than that he has posted numbers few others could ever dream about. Athletes who have worked their whole lives to be the best could not muster the numbers this young man has. On the season so far:
Passing: 2,344 Yards
Rushing: 704 Yards
Beyond these meteoric numbers he has led the team to 3 separate later rallies this year featuring a 17-14 late win over Westview and an Overtime win against Century.
Perhaps his signature effort is his work against #2 Jesuit who is the returning 6 A State Champ. In the 49-34 loss which was the closest game anyone has posted on the Crusaders this year he showed up big. The Crusader’s defense is so formidable and yet Crawford threw for 160 yards and 4 TD’s. He rushed for another 208 yards and 1 TD. The effort was not alone but one must be in awe of what he did.
Carson Crawford holds an offer from PSU and flies to the Army-Air Force game this weekend. Westpoint has their sites on this true talent. He refuses to take any credit for the Beavers success deflecting such praise onto his linemen, coaches, and the many excellent skill position guys around him. He is right to do so and this is reflected in his humble nature.
For these and many other reasons and the fact that he has learned to excel at the QB position in just a few months we name Beaverton High Senior Carson Crawford the Oregon 6A High School Football Player of the Year.
Any college will be lucky to have him bring his considerable talents to their program. Here is his regular season footage. Best of luck to he and the Beavers as they move into the post season.
NWPR Oregon 6A Player Of the Year Is Carson Crawford