Mike Carter is the athletic director
and head football coach at Johnstown-
Monroe High, and he has coached
Marcus throughout his entire high
school experience. Because Marcus’s
older brother, Dustin, had played for
the Johnnies, Carter knew that with
Marcus he was getting a young man
from a great family; he would have
a work ethic second to none. “We
strongly believe here that hard work will
pay off in big dividends, as long as you
believe and give it all you’ve got. We
tell kids to be tough, try as hard as they
can, and have fun.”
Carter says that thanks to his
introduction to conditioning with the
Readiness program, Marcus had good
technique and was ready to get strong
– which he did sooner than expected.
“Marcus’s quickness improved tremendously
during his freshman year, so by
his sophomore year he became a starter
at defensive back.” Carter says that by
his junior year his strength levels had
improved tremendously, so he was
moved to starting tailback, rushing for
more than 1,000 yards, while also playing
In 2006, Carter says, Marcus’s
dedication to being the best he could
be – “He was always the first one in the
weightroom and the last one to leave” –
had a positive effect on his teammates.
“Marcus was not the most vocal of our
players, but his work ethic made him
stand out as a fantastic leader. When
you have a young man who works hard
and has high goals and aspirations, the
other kids start to look at that and join
in.” And that’s exactly what happened:
Along the way Marcus became cocaptain
of the basketball, baseball and
When describing Marcus’s character,
Carter says, “It’s unbelievable
how humble this young man is. He has
never been in trouble, from kindergarten
to 12th grade – he is the perfect,
role-model student, very likeable, very
quiet, and friends to everyone.” Carter
adds that in his spare time, Marcus
is involved in the local 4-H club and
participates in fairs where he shows and
sells farm animals.
A snapshot of Marcus’s character
occurred in one of his breakout games
in his junior year. Says Carter, “All
the reporters wanted to interview him,
and Marcus came up to me and said,
‘Coach, I only want to do this interview
if I can bring the linemen with me,
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because they were the ones who did it.’
Sure enough, he took the linemen up
with him for his post-game interview
– and that’s the way it’s always been.
All his interviews are never about ‘me’;
they’re about success being a team
effort and he’s just one piece of the
Much of Marcus’s success can be
traced to a strong, supportive family
that includes his mother, Ann; father,
Dave; and two brothers, Dustin, 19,
and Mitchell, 16. Dustin, who played
linebacker for the Fighting Johnnies, is
now playing for Capital University in
Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell, who got to
play alongside Marcus this year on the
lacrosse team, carries a 4.3 GPA.
Marcus’s family lives on a dairy
farm; the family business is a dairy-andgrain
operation that Marcus would like
to help carry on after a college career
that will focus on business and agriculture.
And Dave, who works alongside
his own father in the business, says he is
thrilled that Marcus wants to return to
the farm after college. “There’s nothing
greater than working alongside your
Head Football Coach Mike Carter
presents Marcus with the award for
All-Ohio 1st Team Division V Offensive
Player of the Year.
Shown when he was in junior high
school, Marcus started with the BFS
Last season Marcus rushed for 2,900
yards and 36 touchdowns. This photo
was taken on the opening game of
the season, where he rushed for 420
yards on 20 carries and scored six
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An early photo of Marcus and his brother Dustin helping pour cement at their
farm, and Marcus showing one of his animals at the fair.
In his spare time, Marcus coaches basketball for the Johnstown Youth Athletic
The Hendren family (left to right):
Dustin, Ann, Marcus, Mitchell, and
Although he weighs only 185 pounds,
Marcus can bench 320, squat 500 and
power clean 275.
Hard work and a matter-of-fact
belief in yourself is a strong trait in the
Hendren family. Ann, agrees. “Marcus
is very focused and has goals. When he
does something, he does it 110 percent.
Marcus leads by example.” About the
success of his children, Dave adds,
“Marcus and his brothers simply have
a lot of pride in what they are doing
– they want to do the best they can for
themselves. I’ve never forced Marcus or
his brothers to study – they just do it.
That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
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