Carder Reich has had a pretty impressive junior season.
The Newton standout led his team to an 18-4 record and one shy of a regional championship. The Eagles lost to Hillsboro, 1-0.
However, what really sets Reich apart from everyone else is his scoring ability.
Reich finished with 57 goals, the most in the entire state and sixth in the nation, according to MaxPreps.
“Very special in so many ways,” said head coach Matt Creadore of Reich. “He’s a great lad and the best all-round goalscorer we’ve ever had. He stands out from everyone in that he’s a lot more dynamic in his movements. He’s a lot more dynamic off the ball. is something that makes it unique that we have missed in the past.”
Reich’s impressive numbers won him the 2021 Effingham Daily News Football Player of the Year award.
Below is what he said about his season during an interview with Effingham Daily News sports editor Alex Wallner.
Q: What makes you a dynamic goalscorer?
A: “At the end of my junior year, I had Ross Farley to play with him. I learned a lot from him, and Matt and Chad taught me a few ways to find ways to get the ball and to find ways to score and score. just execute.”
Q: You broke the record for goals in a season this year; how happy were you doing that?
A: It was a great achievement. Always something good to do. It was fun and I was pretty excited. That was the main goal this year.”
Q: What do you hope to accomplish in your senior year?
A: “It was a tough loss after the last game of the season. We had a senior so most of our guys are coming back. We have a bunch of young talent coming in. Obviously we’re trying to win regionals and continue further that.”
Q: Playing in college with Coach Farley, how did that help you?
A: “Matt and Chad have a lot of similar styles of play. So teaching Chad this through college really prepares the other guys and me for high school and just the next level of competitiveness; really translates to high school.”
Q: Playing baseball, how does that help you as well?
A: “Baseball is my first love; I’ve always had my heart in this game. Just working on my footwork, hitting, running, lining up infield balls really helps me translate into football and gaining speed and strategy; a bunch of similar stuff translates pretty easily.”