By Jeremy McDonald
DALLAS, Ore.— Dallas’ Ashton Foster was one of 56 quarterbacks selected to participate in the Northwest 9 QB Premier Event up in Gig Harbor, Washington over the Labor Day Weekend.
The incoming Dragon Junior and other quarterbacks were put through drills that challenged their footwork, accuracy, timing in situations like in play-action learning how to adjust and bounce back every play. Pressuring and challenging the quarterbacks of the Class of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 to be the best versions of themselves.
“(I) learned a lot of things from footwork to follow through, just by watching the top QB’s out there and I also learned and saw that no one is going make a perfect throw each play , even the best.” Foster starts. “So, it was just important to bounce back and fix what I did wrong, when I made a mistake.
“It was very important to fix a mistake especially when it was on the line, like coach Barton said if you make a mistake on a throw when it means something and the next man up has a perfect throw, then he will get it . And that’s basically what it came down to, just who could be perfect in that under pressure spotlight.”
Fellow Mid-Willamette Conference quarterback Jordan McCarty from Silverton was at the showcase as well as the two enter their Junior seasons. McCarty helped the Foxes to a Semi-Final appearance in 2019, falling to eventual 5A State Champions in Thurston 44-14.
For Foster, the six-foot-quarter-inch, 185-pound quarterback will be battling it out for QB1 position in March, looking to replace the recently graduated Landon Gardner for a Dallas squad that reached the 5A first-round in 2019. Calling the opportunity this past weekend awesome to see where he was at talent wise, and a good learning experience moving into the next few weeks of training to prepare for the Silverton’s, Lebanon’s and West Albany’s come season.
Fixing the little things and staying consistent until kickoff with his eyes onto the goal at the end of the tunnel with collegiate football.
“It will be very important for me to stay consistent and keep it going all the way until season starts. I have dreams of playing football at the next level which motivates me to be better than the next guy, and do anything I need to be the best I can be,” said Foster. “I know that it will all payoff during the season and I can’t wait to be out there with my team, we all got a bond that you can’t break which is a big staple in being a good team and being a deep playoff team.”