Tyler Carter adjusts and succeeds
The best football players, quarterbacks in particular, are always able to evaluate what’s in front of them and adjust accordingly. Tyler Carter was faced with plenty of adjustments this past season and all of the numbers say the eighth grade QB handled them well.
Carter opened the season splitting time under center for the Fairborn (Ohio) Skyhawks, but he never complained and kept on competing. As the year progressed and Carter kept producing, he stayed on the field longer and longer.
The other adjustment was playing in Fairborn’s option offense, which required more running than passing. “I think I really improved with my running game this season,” Carter said. “I used to consider myself more of a passing quarterback. Since this was my first year in more of a spread option offense, by the end of the year I was pretty comfortable and I felt like I could run the ball just as well as I could pass.”
Leading the Skyhawks to a 7-1 record and their first outright Greater Western Ohio Conference South championship in eight years, Carter passed for over 1,200 yards and 8 touchdowns while running for just under 280 yards and 3 TDs. “The whole team worked really hard all year and we had a great season,” Carter said. “I was really happy with the season.”
Carter helped make Fairborn’s season a success with some well-timed clutch efforts when the outcome was on the line. Trailing Miamisburg 16-0 midway through the third quarter, he led the Skyhawks to a 20-16 comeback win on a 46-yard touchdown pass with 1:25 left in the game.
In the GWOC title showdown against Springboro, Carter was really on his game while completing 9 of 14 throws for 126 yards and 1 TD while running four times for 22 yards and another score. “During the middle of the season, I threw the game winning touchdown against Miamisburg and in the next game I ran in a touchdown, so I started getting more playing time and I tried to take advantage of the opportunity,” Carter said.
Attending NFA camps and finishing second in last summer’s Duel of the Dozens across the state in Massillon have helped Carter make all the necessary adjustments and improve as a quarterback.
“It was a big boost for me,” he said. “When I went to the Duel and did so well my confidence went to a whole different level. My confidence went way up. It was really big for me. And going to the NFA camps, they’ve helped me out a lot. I don’t think I’d be where I am right now without the NFA. I don’t think I’d be any better at all mechanically. Thanks to NFA, I throw the ball a lot better, my reads and everything are a lot better. I’m just much more confident because of NFA.”
As he prepares for the next step in his football career, Carter said playing for Carroll High School is the likely option. He’ll spend the off-season working on his game so he can continue improving and making all of the adjustments that are always present in football.
“My hope is if I go to Carroll, it would be great if I could become the backup quarterback for the varsity,” Carter said. “Hopefully, I can start at quarterback for the varsity my sophomore year, but playing JV would be all right with me next year if I got the opportunity.”