Carlson runs

Edon linebacker Jobe Carlson runs toward the ball during the Bombers' game against Hilltop on Sept. 4 at Edon.

EDON — Country strong. Hard worker. Built to play linebacker.

That might be the best way to describe Edon’s Jobe Carlson.

The 6-foot, 205-pound senior has been a big part of the Bombers’ football team as he is a four-year starter at linebacker and two-year starter at offensive guard.

“He’s one of our best conditioned athletes. When we run he’s right at the front of everything,” Edon coach Bob Olwin said. “He knows how to work, definitely.”

Carlson is one of just four seniors on Edon’s roster, but they have seen a quick and successful turnaround in their time in the program.

After Edon went just 3-7 in Carlson’s freshman year, the Bombers have posted back-to-back winning seasons. Edon finished the 2018 season on a six-game winning streak to go 7-3 overall. The Bombers continued that success into the 2019 campaign and made their first playoff appearance since 2013 and fifth overall.

Edon put up a fight against small-school power Norwalk St. Paul in a Division VII, Region 26 quarterfinal two hours away in Norwalk, but the Bombers fell 35-21 to finish the season 7-4 overall.

“It was fun. It was a lot of hard work and we knew that what we wanted was to make it to the playoffs,” Carlson said. “We would have liked to have been the first team in school history to win (a playoff game), but we gave it what we had.”

Last year’s playoff loss has fueled Carlson for his senior season. He has big goals, including helping the Bombers win a playoff game, earn individual honors in the area and the state and break a couple school tackling records along the way.

Olwin said another strength on the field for Carlson is between the ears.

“He’s smart. He recognizes formations and backfield sets and he’s able to communicate with the rest of the kids and anticipate the plays that are going to be ran out of those formations,” Olwin said. “That’s probably his best attribute.

“He sees it once, he recognizes it for the next time they run it. So that’s a good trait for linebackers, for sure.”

Outside of football, Carlson is involved in several activities as well.

Carlson has been a member of 4-H for 13 years — “every year I could,” he said — and his family also raises sheep, which he has shown at the Williams County Fair most of his life. Carlson also attends Four County Career Center for Agricultural Diesel Mechanics.

“My family’s always done (4-H) and I started out and wanted to do it,” said Carlson, who has three sisters and one brother. “So I kind of got in the loop there and I started doing well and continued on with that.”

The biggest thing he’s learned from 4-H?

“You don’t get on top if you don’t do work and put effort in,” Carlson said. “You get out what you put in.”

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