HELENA — Butte Central’s loss might be Carroll College’s gain in the case of Kyle Harrington.
The Butte Central senior signed to play football for the Saints, Carroll announced today. Harrington was one of 11 signees the NAIA school unveiled in conjunction with the NCAA National Signing Day.
“Kyle Harrington is kind of under the radar,” Carroll Coach Mike Van Diest said in a statement. “He hurt his knee this summer and didn’t get a chance to play this year. He’ll be back for track season this spring at Butte Central and I really liked him as a football player.”
Actually, Harrington suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his senior season, ending a prep career that was one of the most prolific in the history of Butte Central. He was well on his way to an NCAA Division I program before the injury.
In his career at BC, Harrington rushed for 1,696 yards and 15 touchdowns on 245 carries.
Harrington carried the ball 222 times for 1,491 yards in 2014 to help lead the Maroons to the Class A state championship game. The 1,491 rushing yards is second only to Brian Morris’ 1,640 in Butte Central history.
Harrington, an All-State selection at running back as a junior, was also a force at defensive end for the Maroons. He earned first-team all-conference honors on defense.
In the 2014 state semifinals in Whitefish, Harrington ran for 238 yards to lead the Maroons to the title game.
The speedy Harrington placed third in the 100-meter and fifth in the 200 at the Class A State meet.
Harrington, who was named Academic All-State, is a member of the National Honor Society.