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Becker wins Carr Trophy

Thursday, December 1, 2005

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Dexter senior Alex Becker
POPLAR BLUFF -- He may not be the biggest or the fastest player in the SEMO Conference but Dexter's Alex Becker was certainly the toughest.

The 5-10, 170-pound senior who helped carry the 7-4 Bearcats to a district and SEMO Central titles was presented the Carr Trophy on Wednesday night at the 60th annual Poplar Bluff Letter Club Gridiron Banquet.

"Couldn't happen to a better kid," Dexter coach Aaron Pixley said. "Very humble, very dedicated, played hurt every single game and I think he deserves this award."

Every inch of his 1,739 yards this season took a toll on Becker, who learned this fall that his chronic back pain was caused by one leg being shorter. Pixley said Becker's pelvic bone would pop out of place about two to three times a week.

"He never made an excuse, never came out," Pixley added. "You would never know he was like that."

Still he averaged 30 carries a game, rushed for 100 or more yards in all but two games -- both losses to state-ranked Ste. Genevieve -- and scored 25 times for Dexter.

"I can't feel it during the game but afterwards it's pretty rough," Becker said.

While he didn't lead the conference in yards like Caruthersville's Kendrickus Reed (2,239 yards) or scoring like East Prairie's Paris Tipler (194 points), who are both juniors.

Becker averaged 5.6 yards per carry and wore down opposing defenses.

In a game that decided the district and conference titles, Becker ran for 218 yards on 34 carries, scoring three times against New Madrid.

Becker rushed for 256 yards against Sikeston, scoring five times, and 222 yards at Charleston while Ste. Genevieve held the senior to 80 yards in the season opener and 88 yards in the a 34-21 win over Dexter in the sectional playoff.

"I was proud of the football team overall, especially my lineman," said Becker, who ran for 1,116 yards as a junior. "I thought we worked together as a team more than anything.

"We really enjoyed each other and it paid off."

Even though there was a table full of Dexter fans that made the trip to Poplar Bluff, Becker said he was surprised he took home the award, which is voted on by a seven-member committee.

Becker joins fellow Bearcats Matt Burnett (2002) and two-time winner Earl Wheeler (1985-86) as winners of the award, which was first given in 1979.

Pixley was also named the Central Coach of the Year while Dexter junior Alex Watkins was named Most Outstanding Lineman in the Central.