Justin Thomas

Class of 2021 senior goodbye


When I first came to Carroll freshman year, the main thing I thought about was playing football. I hadn’t played football since the third grade, and I was excited and nervous to play again.

My coaches helped me transition from playing defense to playing offense. Before freshman year, I’d never even thought about playing offense. My teammates also encouraged me to keep pushing to try and get it right. After a while, it became easy, and by the time we had our first game, I was confident that I wasn’t going to mess up. We
won the game in a blowout, and everyone was excited.

Throughout the rest of the season, playing offense became easier. We went on to have a good season, and we only lost three games. The following two years, I played on the JV team, but we didn’t have many games, and I got to play a little for the varsity team both years, but I didn’t start in a majority of those games. We made it to the PCL championship both years, but we lost both times in the end.

The last game of my junior year was the first time I started for the varsity team. The game was against Roman Catholic, and it was the day before Thanksgiving. I was excited and nervous before the game, but the nerves went away by the time the game started. We won the game, and with that win, we gave Carroll football its first winning season in over a decade.

During spring and summer leading up to this year, my brother helped me train and work out to be ready for the next season. This year I started every game for varsity, and although the season was short and we didn’t win the
state championship, we still won the district championship for the first time in Carroll football history.

Without the help and encouragement from my coaches, teammates, and brother, I would only be going to college just for academics. Now I get another chance to continue playing football.