|Watson is use to slow starts and strong finishes in football|
In his first three years of high school football at Eastern High School, Ethan Watson didn’t experience victory very often.
The Musketeers won just four games total through his junior season. Then a move by his parents into the West Washington School Corporation prior to his senior season took him from the ground floor to the penthouse suite.
By the fourth game Watson had already been part of as many wins as he had in three years prior at EHS. That trend would continue. West Washington was 11-0 before finally losing to Linton-Stockton in the regional.
Along the way, the Senators claimed a Patoka Lake Athletic Conference championship, a Washington County championship and a sectional title.
Watson said he never imagined the move would be such a success.
“My senior year at West Washington was the best year I could have asked for,” he said. “We were really underdogs going into the season with a lot of people picking us to finish third in the conference. We ended up winning it. We had success by working hard week after week and listening to what our coaches told us. Those things led to a lot of success on the field.”
Now, Watson is headed off to begin his college career under similar circumstances that his high school career started.
He signed his National Letter of Intent on July 12 to play football at Culver-Stockton in Canton, Missouri. The Wildcats were 0-11 last year and Watson said while it may be a slow start to his college career, he is hoping to have a similar finish to the one he experienced in high school.
“Wins and losses never really factored into the decision to play there,” he said. “I was just excited to fulfill the dream of playing at the next level. Hopefully, by the time I am a junior or senior, we can turn the program around and have success like I did at West Washington last season.”
Watson, who is the son of Ryan and Tracy Watson, was recruited by Culver-Stockton to play defensive tackle. He isn’t sure how much he will be able to get on the field during his first season, but the goal is to do whatever it takes.
“My plan is to get there, work as hard as I can, learn everything I can about the scheme they use defensively and prove to them that I belong,” he said, “If I do all of that and do everything I can, playing time, whether it’s first-, second- or third-string, will take care of itself.”
Watson said he chose Culver-Stockton in part because of what he calls a beautiful campus and a strong coaching staff that feels very strong about his potential.
West Washington Head Coach Phillip Bowsman agrees with the up-side of Watson’s talent.
“It’s great to see Ethan going on to play at the next level,” Bowsman said. “We were very fortunate to have him as a part of our program during the 2015 season. The coaches he had along the way before coming to us helped pave the way for him to have success. He is a great kid who is willing to do what his coaches ask to make himself and his team successful. I’m very glad we could help be a part of helping Ethan reach his goal of playing at the next level.
“I feel that Ethan will transition very well at the next level. He has great work ethic and is very coachable.”
Watson’s potential began to develop in Kindergarten when he started playing football in the Salem Parks and Rec. flag football league.
Watson had natural athletic ability back then and played every sport, but began to focus solely on football during his middle school years.
“I was bigger than everyone else and the coaches were real encouraging about me having a possible future in the sport,” he said. “So I really started to focus on just football and working toward playing in college.”
At Culver-Stockton, Watson said he plans to major in Physical Education and minor in Elementary Education with the hope to some day be a teacher and a coach.
Watson leaves for Missouri on Aug. 8 and the team’s first practice is Aug. 10. He said he can’t wait for it all to begin and start working for an exciting finish!
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 13:15|