Taking The Next Step

SILVERTON, Ore.– Silverton’s Jordan McCarty had learned a lot taking over full-time for Levi Nelsen during the Fall of 2019 as a sophomore as he helped lead the Foxes to a 10-2 season and to a 5A State Semi-Final appearance.  Falling to the eventual State Champions in Thurston.

With those around him showing him what a leader is and McCarty being around that kind of talent has gave him the blueprint moving into his Junior season this Spring.

“There was some awesome guys to take me in last year and they have shown me what a great leader is and how to be one and I that’s the role I want to take coming into next season,” said McCarty.

Competition breeds excellence the old saying goes, and with Coronavirus throwing a monkey wrench into the usual competition athlete’s like a McCarty are looking for anything to keep those competitive juices flowing.

Over the Labor Day Weekend, McCarty was part of the 56-quarterback field at the Northwest 9, going through drills that challenge quarterbacks from the 2021-2024 graduating classes on their footwork, accuracy, timing of routes, etc.

McCarty as part of the Foxes basketball team this past Winter. McCarty was a first-team MWC QB and second-team MWC for basketball in 2019 (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

The talent there had motivated the young gunslinger to continue to improve with the season scheduled to start in March in Oregon.

“There was a lot of great guys there that pushed me every drill to try and be my best. There was also a lot of coaches that gave me some things to work on that will help my game improve,” said McCarty.  “It was awesome to play with some of the top guys in the northwest, and compete when there isn’t too much opportunity to do that right now.”

Continuing to lift and throwing consistently will be McCarty’s focus moving forward, that’s one downside of this time is the space between one competition to the next. 

But the Silverton quarterback knows too he’s not the only in the same boat as Dallas’ Ashton Foster was also repping the Mid-Willamette Conference at the showcase over the Holiday weekend.  Showing what the conference is made of in the region.

“It was super cool to see another guy from our conference out there. It was fun to go try and put our best foot forward and show what our conference is about,” said McCarty.  “I also know Ashton has been working super hard and so have I so it was fun to connect with him as well.”

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