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Scappoose's Colin Stoddard will play wide receiver for Carroll College in Montana next year.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose senior receiver Colin Stoddard runs towards the end zone during the Indians' 35-6 win over Forest Grove Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at Forest Grove High School. Though Scappoose's Colin Stoddard spent most of his senior football season sidelined with a collarbone injury, his time on the field isn't over.

Next year, Stoddard will join the football team at Carroll College in Montana, where he plans to study business.

Stoddard is a three-sport athlete, filling his winter and spring seasons with basketball and track and field.

But, Stoddard said, "Football is my favorite sport by far."

Stoddard has played wide receiver and safety for Scappoose High School but will play wide receiver at Carroll.

Stoddard said he quickly fell in love with football when he started playing in the fourth grade.

Ever since, "I have always put everything I had into it," Stoddard said.

"I knew from very early on that it's something that I wanted to do as long as I possibly could," he added.

When he was younger, Stoddard — like many young athletes — dreamed of joining the NFL.

"But I quickly found out that I wasn't good enough for that," Stoddard said. "So I've kind of made college football my goal."COURTESY PHOTO: COLIN STODDARD - Colin Stoddard visits Carroll College with his parents Amy and Leo Stoddard in February 2022.

Stoddard is following in the footsteps of his dad, Leo Stoddard, who played football at Southern Oregon University — a rival school in the NAIA Frontier Conference with Carroll College.

Stoddard's dad "inspired me to take on this challenge and work as hard as I could to be able to keep playing for as long as I can."

"I learned everything that I know from him," Stoddard said of his father, who also played wide receiver, "and just kind of fell in love with the position from the passion that he had."

In fall 2021, just four games into his senior football season, Stoddard suffered a collarbone injury that took him out for the rest of the season.

"Only having four seasons (was a) let down from all the expectations that I had going into the season. It was actually pretty scary, because I was really banking on this great season to kind of catapult me forward into going to a great college," Stoddard said. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to attain my dream of being able to keep playing."

But Stoddard found Carroll College.

In October, Stoddard told the Spotlight that he was interested in heading to the Mountain West states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. He found that in Carroll, a small private Catholic college in Helena, Montana.

"I went on a visit over there and quickly found out that that was the place where I belonged, and I clicked really well with everyone. And now I'm going to not only get a great education, but have a great couple of years playing football," Stoddard said. "I'm really blessed to be in the position I'm at, considering how the season went."

Stoddard said the highlight of his high school football career was his freshman year, when in the postseason, he was able to dress down, travel and play with the team. "That was just the coolest experience ever, getting to spend some time with the older guys and see what varsity high school football was about at that young of an age," he said. "It just pushed me to be in the position that those guys were in at the time."

In his short-lived senior football season, Stoddard led the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

He received an honorable mention in the Northwest Oregon Conference for the basketball season and is a stand-out in the jumps and pole vault for track and field.

"I've put the work in in the off-season. I've done as much as I can to try to make myself better," Stoddard said, asked why he thinks he's been successful in his athletic career.

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