Bobby Carlon has the quiet confidence, some may say swagger, every coach loves.
When head coach Seth Millican took over the Moon Valley football program before the 2016 season some changes were made, a “re-brand” you might say, for the Rockets and how they handle their business on the field.
Part of the adjustment for Carlon was letting his high-level play, not dance skills, be the featured event each week under the Friday night lights. Millican’s message was simple: no more outlandish celebrations following big plays, particularly touchdowns.
The spotlight needed to be focused on the team, not one individual player Win as one, lose as one. There was no place at Moon Valley for individualism.
The hard-line stance was quite a change for the playmaking cornerback and wide receiver who was known to channel his inner-Victor Cruz and salsa dance in celebration.
Those days are over and Carlon is fine with it.
“Coach doesn’t like the celebrating and I understand it,” Carlon said to Sports360AZ.com with a sheepish grin. “So I go by [what he says]. Score touchdowns and that’s it.”
Love this sport and love making plays! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/h5UfblNDuc
— Bobby Carlon (@bobby_carlon) September 11, 2017
The dancing may be gone, but the on-field production isn’t as Carlon not only paces the defense (he had a team-high five interceptions in 2016), he’s also the Rockets leading wide receiver through the first five weeks of the season.
3 touchdowns 1 interception and a W!!! 33-27 against Prescott what a game all praise to god🙏 🚀
— Bobby Carlon (@bobby_carlon) September 16, 2017
“That’s tough,” Millican said with a shrug when asked which side of the ball Carlon fills the greatest need for MV. “I’m the offensive coordinator so I sort of lean to saying offense but having him at corner sort of makes our defense go.”