The Carrboro High football program is built on trust.
When the program went 0-21 in its first two seasons, head coach Jason Tudryn said, “Trust us.”
After the team was beaten 77-0, he said, “Trust us.”
And when he said that if you wanted to play football badly enough you could regardless of your size, George Carpenter trusted Tudryn and the Jaguar coaching staff.
“If there is any one person who epitomizes our program it is George Carpenter,” Tudryn said.
Carpenter is 5-foot-8, weighs 115 pounds and starts at safety. He intercepted two passes in a huge victory over neighboring 3A rival Chapel Hill and has caused six fumbles with his hits.
“He’s one tough fellow,” Tudryn said.
Carpenter didn’t play on the school’s earliest football teams, those two years when most teams could beat the Jaguars by as much as they wanted.
Those freshmen in 2007 saw their trust rewarded in 2010 when the team finished 10-4 and reached the third round of the state playoffs.
“Those guys trusted that if we kept together, kept trusting one another, that it would eventually get better,” Tudryn said. “They were courageous enough and loyal enough to believe and they were rewarded.”
Last year, the Jaguars finished 8-4 and this season they are 9-0, including Friday’s 49-28 win over Cedar Ridge.
Tudryn traces the recent success to the players on the first two teams and the pillars they erected – Trust. Commitment. Toughness. The players on the first two teams had to trust because the results were not very good.
“They established the work ethic,” Tudryn said. “They established the foundation that we’re still building on. ”
Seven players start both ways, on offense and defense, and many of those play on special teams, too.
“We don’t have a lot of kids, but the ones that we’ve got give us everything they have,” Tudryn said.
Carrboro plays at Granville Central on Friday in a Carolina 12 game before finishing the regular season with a non-conference game against Providence Grove.