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Carroll leaves mark on Golden Knights, league

Football: Tackle named lineman of the year

eight Golden Knights get first team.

December 22, 2010|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — With a league that boasts the likes of Gardena Serra, which won the CIF Southern Section Western Division title and was a state finalist, and Chaminade, which advanced to the division's semifinal round, among its hierarchy, receiving any accolades as they relate to the Mission League is quite an honor.

Thus, when St. Francis High senior offensive tackle Patrick Carroll was voted the All-Mission League Most Valuable Lineman, he was plenty pleased.

"I was surprised by it," said Carroll, who missed a handful of games, including the league opener against Serra due to a right-knee injury. "I didn't think I was gonna get it, I thought I was gonna get all-league, but not that. So I was pretty stoked."

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In addition to Carroll, eight Golden Knights received first-team honors after St. Francis finished its season at 6-5 overall and 3-2 in league for a third-place finish. Six St. Francis players picked up second-team honors, as well.

Carroll was the biggest honoree, literally and figuratively.

Though Carroll was surprised at the recognition he got, as he thought missing a league game would hinder his chances, St. Francis Coach Jim Bonds said the three-year, all-league standout more than deserved the honor.

"It's even more impressive cause he missed a league game," said Bonds, whose cavalcade of first-teamers consisted of quarterback Brett Nelson, receiver Travis Talianko, running back Austin De Los Santos, center Kristion Grbavac, defensive end Michael Singelyn, linebacker Ryan McAleenan, defensive back Parker Nieves and punter Ian Sternau. "It kinda culminated the three years that he's sacrificed and put out for our football program. I think he's one heckuva football player."

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Carroll, who's currently being recruited by the likes of Northern Arizona University, UNLV, Oregon State and Washington State, also made the move from left tackle to right tackle, in large part to accommodate his injury. It was a move Carroll took to quickly, though.

"It was a pretty quick fix for me," said Carroll, who played on the right side as a sophomore and practiced on both ends during the preseason.

Though he was dominant physically, Carroll's ability to adjust to the switch was likely made easier by his aptitude for the cerebral aspects of the game.

"The thing I'll miss most about Patrick is his intelligence on the field," Bonds said. "He could tell everybody on the line what to do.

"I'm gonna miss his leadership, too."

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