Canady, ‘unsung heroes’ lead Eagles into state playoffs

By LIZZI CLAYTON, Gazebo Assistant Editor

Carter Canady is a senior football player at Stratford. Although he typically does not score touchdowns for the Eagles on Friday nights, he still is a pivotal player and has an important role on every touchdown.

As an offensive lineman, Canady said he feels “a sense of responsibility” on the field for the 7-3 Eagles, especially in big games like Friday’s first-round playoff game against Calvary Day in Savannah.

“We can’t win a football game without [all five of the offensive lineman],” said Canady.

Even when the Eagles score —  and they have put up 40 or more points seven times and scored at least three touchdowns in every game this season — unsung heroes like Canady rarely get recognition. Despite their equally important role, they don’t make the headlines.

“I don’t necessarily feel left out, he said. “We take a great deal of pride. One of our mottos on the offensive line is to make sure our guys get in the paper the next day.”

Canady hopes he and the the other linemen can achieve this goal in the upcoming game against Calvary’s vaunted defense, which has four shutouts among its nine wins and has held four of its opponents to seven points or less.

“We know they’re going to be a tough opponent, they are probably going to be our best defensive matchup, so our offense is definitely going to have to score points in order for us to win the game,” he said.

Stratford Coach Mark Farriba knows he can count on Canady to be a leader and set a good example for his teammates.

“Carter has displayed tremendous growth as a player, student, and leader over the last three years,” said Coach Farriba. “He has been a friend and mentor to our younger players and become a dependable and respected leader to all. Carter has embraced his role as a player whose primary responsibility is to make other players great.”

Canady relishes his role as a lineman. It is part of his identity.

“I’ve learned too much about position,” he said. “I can’t leave my offensive line. They’re my family.”

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Carter Canady on Senior Night with his parents, David and Julie Canady.