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2017 Football: MWP’s Carson Lewis a Standout in the Trenches

Morton-White Pass’ Carson Lewis (57) runs through a defensive play during a practice in Morton on Aug. 23.

2017 Football: MWP’s Carson Lewis a Standout in the Trenches

By Aaron VanTuyl

avantuyl@chronline.com

Carson Lewis should know what makes a good lineman. The Morton-White Pass standout was an All-Mountain Division first-team pick on both sides of the line last fall, the only lineman in a tough league to get the nod both ways.

“I think what makes a good lineman is someone who’s not afraid to hit,” he said. “And they gotta have that little bit of nasty.”

Lewis, one of the Timberwolves’ captains, is more than just a little bit of nasty. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior won’t overwhelm anyone with his size, but he managed 97 tackles — almost 10 a game — last season, with six sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

He does more on the gridiron than just make big defensive plays, though.

MWP’s Carson Lewis

“He’s just a leader on the field. He’s like another coach out there, really,” MWP coach Lee Metcalf said. “He understands what our concepts are, and where everybody’s supposed to be.”

That’s a big help on a Timberwolf team with only five seniors and that had just three seniors in 2016.

“He’s real good about coaching them up and making everybody better,” Metcalf added. “He’s just a real solid kid.”

Last year, Lewis pointed out, MWP switched to a system conducive to its speed and lack of size, which should be an even bigger asset with a full year to learn the ropes.

“The system we have now really works for this team, and it’s something that really helped me and put me in a good position,” he said. “And I think that’s going to put a lot of our younger freshmen in good positions to be in the same position I am.”

In his senior year, though, he’s focused on getting the team back to the playoffs — a regular thing up until last season, when MWP went 3-7.

“All of us, as a team, have been in the weight room about every single day since last year,” he said. “None of us were really happy with how our season ended, and we all kind of said we’re going to come back and we’re going to try to go to the Dome this year.”

They’ll need tough play on the line to get there, and there’s nowhere Lewis would rather be.

“I love it. It’s the only position where you get to hit somebody every single time,” he said. “You don’t get a lot of glory for it, but at the end of (last) year I felt really good when I was seen for what I was doing.”

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