In this week's edition of Player of the Week, we look toward the East Bay as the Clayton Valley Ugly Eagles faced a tough conference opponent in the Campolindo Cougars. The Ugly Eagles pulled away in the second half thanks, in part, to the play of two-way star, Cade Carter, with a final score of 35-7.
Carter is a 6'3", 220lbs senior linebacker and tight end who left his imprint on the game against the Cougars with 11 tackles, one interception, one reception for 73 yards and a touchdown. Carter has been exceptional all season which many college teams have noticed – in fact, he earned and accepted a scholarship offer to the Air Force Academy!
Head coach, Tom Murphy let it be known the Ugly Eagles are dominating in their conference, but he knew the Cougars would be a tough matchup. "We haven't lost a league game in seven years," Murphy said. "I think we're 29-0, but we felt Campolindo was going to be a tough match up. They were six-time league champions before we were placed into the [Diablo-Foothill] conference."
It was a slow first quarter as the Ugly Eagles tried to find their rhythm. "We were trying to get the ground game going, but the Cougars were playing tough," Murphy recalled. However, things picked up in the second quarter when the Cougars were on the Ugly Eagles' 10-yard line looking to score.
"They were looking to score and Cade came up big with a red-zone interception," Murphy recounted. "He took it back to the 30-yard line and gave us the momentum we needed. The offense came out, we had him at tight end, and he turned that series into a 73-yard touchdown pass." Carters' two big plays caused a 14-point swing, first by stopping a touchdown on the defensive side of the ball and then on the offensive side of the ball, turning a play into a touchdown of his own.
The Ugly Eagles came out in the second half ready to go. "We were focused and made a few adjustments that we felt would give us an advantage," Murphy said. "We started running the ball to Cade's side and found some success." The Ugly Eagles rallied off 28 unanswered points and shut out Campolindo in the second half.
When asked about Carter's leadership style, Murphy said, "He is a vocal leader. His older brother played for me as well and he's playing rugby at UCLA now, so I knew Cade was held to a high standard. He is a well-rounded individual, who sets the tone for the team. Players listen because he's a positive leader, he's enthusiastic and plays with a lot of passion."
The future looks bright for Carter, who has been on the varsity football team since his sophomore year. In his off time, Carter volunteers and focuses on being involved in on campus activities. He is also a 4.0 honor student! Needless to say, we are excited to nominate him as the Player of the Week and can't wait to see how the season turns out for #3!
As the home school of the 49ers High School Player of the Week presented by U.S. Bank, Clayton Valley Charter High School will receive a $500 grant for their football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, Carter will receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field during pre-game. At the end of the season, Carter will be invited to the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, will officially present him with his award.