A high school football player in Arizona, one with strong ties to Decatur and Adams County, recently completed a highly successful grid season and is being recruited by several colleges to continue his playing career.
KJ Gould, grandson of Jay and Carolyn Gould of rural Berne, also achieved success in soccer, and track during his high school career. He will have 12 varsity letters when he graduates, according to information furnished by the Gould family.
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Gould lettered in varsity football all four years, started three years, was named All Region first team defensive lineman for Phoenix for two years, and was named All State his Junior Year. Senior Year All State results have not yet been released.
His team started the year ranked No. 1 in 2A and ended the season losing to Yuma Catholic High School in the state championship quarterfinals. They reached the state playoffs all four years of his varsity career. In his senior season, Gould registered more than 50 primary or solo tackles, 94 total tackles, and seven sacks, and scored three touchdowns on 10 carries. He was also named team MVP. He currently has offers to play from three different colleges where he will play tight end or defensive end and study business.
His high school coach, Jeff Fox, played his college football in Michigan and also played quarterback in NFL Europe.
Gould’s parents are former Adams County residents Kirk and Susan Gould. KJ and his older sister Julie started their academic careers in Decatur at Southeast Elementary School.
Julie Gould’s volleyball team won their first and only state championship for Scottsdale Christian Academy in volleyball her senior year, when she was a team Captain and All State Middle Blocker.
In addition to his skills on the gridiron, KJ was named Field Athlete of the Year for his track team when he finished fourth at the state meet in shot put.
According to his father, KJ attributes much of his success to starting out life in Adams County, where he played on his grandparents’ farm in Berne and with his friends in Decatur.