Ashburn, Va. (September 28, 2014) – In his second season as a starting wide receiver for the Briar Woods Falcons, Tristan Carter continues to produce big numbers.
In 16 games over two seasons, Carter has 51 receptions for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns. As his 15 yards per reception average attests, he is a big play waiting to happen, but his main role is as that of a possession receiver, adept at making the tough sideline catch for the first down.
At 6-1, 175 pounds, he presents a good target for quick passes. Running the 40-yard dash in under 4.7 seconds, he also has the speed to get downfield ahead of defenders.
After his season on the Briar Woods’ freshman team, Carter thought his high school athletic career lay on the basketball court. “I hardly got any playing time on the freshman team,” he remembered. But while catching passes in a touch football game in gym class, gym teacher and head JV football coach, Joey Babick, noticed his athleticism. When Carter told him he probably wasn’t going to play football in his sophomore year Babick interceded, telling him, “You have to come out and play.” He did and now he is hoping to continue his football career after graduation.
Towson University coaches have looked at a number of Briar Woods players over the past few years. Carter may be their first “catch.” James Madison University, Virginia Military Institute, Delaware University and Maine have also expressed interest.
Voted as one of the team captains for the 2014-2015 season, the Briar Woods coaching staff is unanimous in their opinion of the qualities Carter brings to the team. Head Coach Charlie Pierce said, “Tristan is one of the best kids we’ve had in this program as far as intelligence, work ethic, leadership and believing in team.” Coach Babick and Offensive Coordinator Jared Develli nodded in agreement as Pierce spoke.
After stumbling in the second game of the season in a 27-20 loss at Colonial Forge, the Falcons appear to be back on track after a convincing 52-14 victory over Loudoun County and a 23-22 win over North Stafford away. Carter caught four important passes in the North Stafford game and is second on the team in receptions with 12 for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Develli observed, “We have two excellent senior wide receivers, Tristan and Brandon [Penn State-bound Brandon] Polk. You can’t double team both of them at the same time.”
There is only one credible goal for the 2014 Briar Woods Falcons: get to a fifth consecutive championship game and, like they did in the first three, win! Pierce’s Falcons are operating in uncharted territory given their record of sustained success that began with a state championship win in 2010. Every game they play is an opportunity for the opposition to get a signature win. As a team captain, Carter recognizes that he has more responsibility than just his own performance on the field.
“I’m supposed to help the younger players learn to keep up with the work ethic that Coach Pierce has taught us…It’s the everyday stuff at practice that’s going to get us back to another state championship.”
Article written by Viva Loudoun intern by George Khalsa.