BILLINGS – Billings West has had some pretty good running backs in its history.
“Ryan Grosulak, Chris Wells, D.J. Bergen, Clay Compton,” head coach Rob Stanton said to name a few. “He’s right up there, and he has another year left.”
With every run, Bears junior Demarcus Carr seems to pass another big name. It really picked up three weeks ago.
“I talked to him before we played Senior and said, ‘We’re going to ride you the rest of the year,'” Stanton said.
“For the Senior game, it was just like a feeling I’ve never had before,” Carr said. “The hype – it was crazy, all the fans. I’ve always wanted to be able to make a difference in that game.”
He was the difference, racking up 243 yards and four touchdowns, leading West to a 42-0 blowout win. And he hasn’t stopped since. In two playoff games, Carr has run for 339 yards and five more TDs.
“(Carr) has opened up some eyes, I’m sure, around the state,” said West defensive back Trevin Gradney. “He’s opened up our eyes: We knew what he could do, but he’s really been a threat. He’s a heck of a player, and we really appreciate him.”
And Carr appreciates them. After the win over Senior, Carr’s performance earned him several helmet stickers – badges of honor for good plays throughout the season. But he had other ideas for them.
“He doesn’t like to put stickers on his helmet,” Stanton said, “so he decided to give his stickers to the offensive linemen.”
“I wouldn’t be where I am without them,” Carr explained about his gesture. “So I just wanted to reward them some type of way and let them know I appreciate them.”
“They greatly appreciated that,” Stanton acknowledged. “We can’t do $1,000 checks like the NFL does, so a sticker goes a long way for high school kids.”
So does a state title – which might be Carr’s next gift on Friday. West hosts Kalispell Flathead in the Class AA state championship game at 7 p.m. at Daylis Stadium.