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Scholar Athlete of the Week: Ethan Calhoun

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By Chelsa Messinger

At Central, the expectations for football have always been high. And for Center Ethan Calhoun, he's expected to be the anchor of the Red Devils Offensive line. Well it turns out, the football field isn't the only place he has high expectations. He also has pretty lofty goals in the classroom as well.

"Well Coach Lowe, he's known to be hard-nosed, tough, and physical. And he preaches that to us everyday," said Junior Ethan Calhoun. "When you live by those values it becomes easier in the classroom and in life, because he pushes us out here. And when he pushes you that hard, you learn to not quit."

As the Center, he's the starting point of every play on the offense. It's imperative that he know the playbook. So, just like he'd study for Biology, Ethan dedicates time every day to study for football.

"There's similarities between studying the playbook and studying in the classroom. They're both really hard," said Calhoun. "I mean,especially with this playbook at Central. We run the spread so it's high tempo. We have to come up and make a lot of checks on the offense. You have to go home every day and look at the plays for about 30 minutes."

Central Offensive Coordinator Ryan Nelson is glad to have intelligence at the Center of his offense.

"He's in charge of a lot of calls we make up front, offensively, and Ethan's always been a student of the ball game ever since he was in 9th grade," Nelson said. "He makes a lot of our calls for us, gets the other four guys straight, helps with protection, too with our quarterback. and that's really important for our Center to be active and be very smart."

And no huge surprise here, Calhoun has some pretty high goals for the future.

I definitely want to go to college and play football," Calhoun said. "But I'm not only looking at football in college, I'm looking at academics as well. I want to major in Biology, and hopefully one day work for the EPA, or do something like that."

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