Stetson Carr made his mark as a double-threat three-time Class A all-state quarterback at Hazen High School.
But the recent graduate hopes to make his mark at the collegiate level as a strong safety. That’s the position the University of Mary recruit will be occupying tonight at the Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl in Miles City, Mont. The 20th annual North Dakota vs. Montana high school senior all-star football game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., Central.
Carr, a 6-foot-2, 187-pounder, racked up some mighty impressive numbers in three seasons as Hazen’s starting quarterback — 3,495 yards rushing, 3,022 passing and 75 total touchdowns. Last fall he rushed for 1,476 yards, passed for another 1,184 and accounted for 27 touchdowns while leading the Bison to the Class A state championship. It was Hazen’s first football state title since 1996.
However, Carr was solid on the defensive side of the ball as well. He led the Bison in tackles with 93. He had eight tackles for a loss, three quarterback sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
In fact, Carr led his team in defensive points in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
“When you’re from a small town, more than likely you’ll play both ways,” Carr said. “I got an opportunity to play offense and defense, and whenever I’m on the field I give it everything I have. I had good coaches on both sides of the ball and I benefitted from that. Offense, defense, it doesn’t matter. I love football. I’m always going to give 100 percent.”
Hazen football coach Rick Philion said Carr could easily have been a multiple all-state selection on defense.
“Stetson is that good,” he said. “He was our leader on offense and defense. He’s so smart ... he reads things so well. He has a nose for the football and he’s a sure tackler. I think he’ll do a terrific job at the next level.”
Carr considers it an honor to be a member of the North Dakota team, which includes a host of other all-state players from the 9-man, Class A, Class AA and Class AAA ranks.
“It’s cool being in a place where you’re surrounded by so many experienced and talented players,” he said. “These guys are the best in the state and they know what to do and how to handle themselves. We’re excited and ready to play.
“And it’s great having this chance to get to know them,” Carr continued. “What’s cool is some of the guys are going to be at Mary next year. This week has been a chance to develop relationships.”
Carr and North Dakota’s defensive backs expect to be busy today as Montana is known to bring a high-octane passing attack to the Badlands Bowl. Carr welcomes the challenge.
“Montana gives you a lot of different looks. We have a lot to prepare for,” he said. “Our coaches know their stuff and they’re doing a good job getting us ready. I’m looking forward to it because I didn’t see a whole lot of passing in high school. It’ll be kind of a new experience for me.”
Carr said he’ll miss playing on the offensive side of the ball.
“I had a lot of fun playing quarterback, but I think defense is the better fit for me in college,” he said. “It’ll be kind of strange because I’m used to being on the field all the time. Defense is where the coaches want me and I’m fine with that.”
Carr had a productive senior year in athletics. In addition to his success in football, he was a second-team all-state selection in basketball, and placed third in the Class B boys discus at the state track and field meet.
“What I did in track was probably the biggest surprise of the year,” Carr said. “I hadn’t thrown the discus in two years, but it went really well. It was a nice finish to a great year. I left high school with lots of great memories.”
North Dakota roster
Trevor Zacher, 6-4, 195, QB-S, Beulah. Seth Ewoniuk, 5-7, 145, RB-C, Belfield (South Heart). Ben Jolliffe, 6-2, 180, QB, Bismarck. Stetson Carr, 6-2, 187, QB-LB-S, Hazen. Christian Lunde, 5-9, 175, QB-WR-RB-SS, Grafton. Nick Goulet, 6-1, 185, WR-FS, Bismarck. Brett Adam, 5-8, 165, WR-DB, Bismarck. Dan Arnold, 6-5, 200, WR-LB, Fargo Shanley. Zach Reich, 6-0, 190, RB-SS, Fargo South. P.J. Peterson, 6-3, 220, QB-RB-TE-DE-OLB, Larimore. Layne Johs, 5-11, 210, RB, Bismarck. Josh Seibel, 5-10, 170, WR-DB, Bismarck. Preston Lehmann, 6-0, 210, RB-DL, West Fargo. Brady Zittleman, 5-8, 170, WR-C, Mandan. Abraham Roehrich, 5-10, 185, RB-SS-LB, Stanley. Tyler Sadowsky, 5-8, 180, RB-LB, Mandan. Isiah Binstock, 6-3, 200, TE-LB, Dickinson Trinity. Riley Plant, 5-10, 210, FB-LB, Bismarck. Austin Wicklund, 5-10, 190, OLB, Fargo South. Drew Johnson, 6-0, 195, LB, West Fargo. Ethan Feil, 6-4, 240, OL-DL, Divide County. Zachary Peterson, 6-2, 215, DE, Grafton. Logan Gunderson, 6-2, 260, OL-DL, Berthold. Christian May, 6-1, 245, OL-DL, Fargo South. Cordell Schroeder, 6-2, 250, OL-DL, Carrington. Zachary Drevlow, 6-3, 240, OL-DL, Milnor-North Sargent. Trevor Anderson, 6-3, 250, OL-DL, Griggs-Barnes County. Josh Berg, 6-2, 270, OL, Fargo Shanley. Jesse Kubik, 6-7, 290, DT, Dickinson Trinity. Brock Pittsley, 6-1, 265, OL-DL, Killdeer. Logan Shockman, 6-4, 220, TE-DE, LaMoure. Dustin Iverson, 6-3, 230, TE-WR-LB-DE, Grant County-Flasher. Jeff Illies, 6-5, 205, TE-WR-DE, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood. Eric Peterson, 6-3, 210, TE-LB, Fargo Davies.
Head coach: Mark Gibson, Bismarck. Assistants: Matt Weidler, Velva; Tom Maus, Grafton; Scott Thorson, Towner-Granville-Upham; Dale Colby, Bismarck; Tim Kolsrud, Bismarck.