Michael Carter picked up an expected honor Tuesday when he was named the Florida Dairy Farmers 6A Player of the Year in football.
The Navarre running back turned in a tremendous performance in his final season with the Raiders, rushing for 2,536 yards and 41 touchdowns. Both are single-season records.
Carter’s performance helped power Navarre to a 12-2 season and a trip to the state semifinals for the second time in program history.
Battling back from a devastating knee injury a year ago that included a torn ACL, Carter came back stronger and faster than ever, dominating opposing defenses as he went over 100 yards 13 times. He also set the school record for touchdowns with seven in a 70-21 win over American Heritage in October.
Not only did Carter give defenses fits with his rushing ability, but he caught two touchdown passes, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in his most productive season as a high school football player.
Carter, headed to North Carolina in January to get an early jump on his collegiate career, ends his prep career as the all-time leading rusher in school history, churning out 4,538 yards. He also scored a school-record 69 touchdowns in his career.