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These boys are hard, composed of hard material, and will pose a problem for future opponents

’25 lineman looks to build on ’23’s successes next Fall

Carlos Mason is a guy we wrote about when he first arrived on the varsity roster in Morton’s Gap. He hasn’t done anything to quell our excitement about his play. He was among the team leaders in ’23 in various statistical categories to include TFLs and FRs. In line with the origins of the name “Mason,” he is a skilled performer who works with hard materials and has produced both a tough and hard finished product.

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Often times, surnames are taken from the professions of the forebears in many families. For instance, the name “Smith” might indicated a person’s ancestors were in the Smithery trade, like Blacksmith or something of the sort.

My last name is “Long” and I hail from British ancestry among other European nations. The British were famous for their “longbowsmen” or the archers who carried the lethal, long-distance weapon, “the Longbow,” into medieval battle. Perhaps my ancestors were Longbows-men, or made Longbows.

My given name is “Fletcher” but I was named for a family member so it is also a family name. Fletches are the feathers put on an arrow to make it fly straight. The “Fletcher” was the guy who attached those feathers on the end of an arrow. We may be on to something here.

The name “Mason” has a connotation too. A Mason was a skilled worker who built or worked with stone, brick, or cement.

Mason had 35-tackles, 6-TFLs, and a FR over the course of his junior season

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We don’t know whether Hopkins Central’s, Carlos Mason, comes from a family of skilled workers in stone, brick, or cement. We just know Carlos Mason appears, from time to time, to be composed of such materials.

Mason had a fantastic junior season. He played both ways on the line of scrimmage. The offense ran the ball well and boasted an All-Stater in its backfield in FB, Calil McNary.

Defensively, Mason had 35-tackles, 6-TFLs, and a FR. The 6-TFLs were second on the entire team and the FR was among the leaders in recovered fumbles.

People around the program will tell you we can get much, much more out of our Mason. Mason is 5’10,” and weighs a solid 230-pounds.

Mason moves well and is a multi-sport athlete. Mason also plays varsity baseball.

This next Fall will be a perfect time to see what materials compose this particular Mason. James Posey will be playing football on Saturdays resulting in Carlos Mason being left behind to pick up some of the slack.

What will he do next season? Well, you know if you build a program on solid enough, foundational material…

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