Carmody rushes to WHSFL award

Running back Terry Carmody capped an impressive four-year career with the Muskies in record-setting fashion at the Winnipeg High School Football League’s annual awards banquet on Saturday.
Carmody became the first Muskie to be honoured as the WHSFL’s Elite High Performance Centre’s Offensive Player of the Year Award in the Currie Division.
The prestigious award was a fitting tribute to Carmody’s numerous accomplishments this past season.
The veteran tailback set new Currie Division single-season benchmarks in both rushing yards (1,356) and touchdowns (13), eclipsing the previously records of 1,334 yards and 12 touchdowns set by Miles Mac’s Erin Sesak in 2004.
Carmody also was instrumental in helping the black-and-gold to their best regular-season record (4-2-1) since joining the WHSFL in 2001.
Despite all the success he enjoyed this season, the Muskie star was surprised to hear his name called Saturday night.
“I was kind of hoping [to win] but there were quite a few other players there that could have won it just as easily,” he remarked.
“There was a guy that had 100 yards less than me on probably 50 fewer carries and there were a couple of really good quarterbacks,” he added.
“I wasn’t sure who was taking it.”
But while Carmody might not have anticipated the award, his coach, Shane Beckett, could not think of a more fitting recipient. Beckett raved about the improvement Carmody made over the course of his high school football career.
“He came in in Grade 9 and we weren’t really sure where we were going to slot him, whether it was at running back or receiver,” Beckett said. “He took everything that we taught him year after year and it culminated this year.”
“He’s such a workhorse. The more he gets hit, the more he likes it,” Beckett added.
“Our ‘O’ line knows that all they need to do is work hard and create a seam for him and he can go.”
Despite possessing a unique combination of size and speed, Carmody cited his ability to find running lanes as the secret to his success.
“Most of the time, it was just seeing the hole and going,” he explained.
“Our game plan every game was to run it right down their throats,” he added. “I just went through the hole, smashed the one guy, and ran for the open field.
“All it takes is one person out of the way and you can go forever.”
While the Player of the Year award focuses on an individual player’s accomplishments on the field, Carmody was adamant he would not have been able to achieve his goals without the help of his teammates.
“I don’t even know where to start, really,” Carmody said of the offensive line.
“At the start of the season, we had receivers that could push them around but as the year went on, they got a lot better,” he added. “When everything was clicking, they were the reason it was working.”
Carmody reserved special praise for fullback Allan “Gus” Hunsperger.
“He never really knew what he was doing,” Carmody joked of Hunsperger’s play this season.
“It’s great having one of your best friends out there all season long.
“My favourite thing all year was taking the ball up the middle because I always knew I had someone big who would always make a hole for me—and that’s exactly what Gus did.”
Slated to graduate in June, Carmody now has his eye towards the future and the next step in his football career.
“I’m thinking of maybe giving it a shot at the college across [in International Falls],” he said. “I haven’t given it too much thought, though, as I don’t even know what I want to be.”
Whatever he decides to do, Carmody certainly will be missed by the Muskie coaching staff next season—both for his ability on the field and his attitude off it.
“Terry is such a hard worker both on and off the football field,” Beckett said. “He’s always striving to make himself better and to push those around him to be better.
“That becomes contagious and it’s something we’re really going to miss.”
Carmody was not the only Muskie to get recognition at the WHSFL awards banquet Saturday night.
Versatile senior Steve Boileau was nominated for a trio of individual awards—the Harry Hood Memorial, Jim Foubister Award, and the Elite Performance Centre’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Harry Hood Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player who exemplifies the highest standard in playing ability, school citizenship, sportsmanship, and scholastic standing.
The Jim Foubister Award is given annually to a graduating player who combines good sportsmanship, good on-field attitude, and superior athletic ability.
As well, Matt Badiuk, Joe Bodnar, Steve Sande, Brian Glavish, Hunsperger, and Carmody each were nominated to the WHSFL’s Honour Roll.
Finally, former Muskie coach Bob Swing was nominated for the Arnie Taylor Volunteer of the Year Award.