Capital QB scrambles to Olympia as transfer

mwochnick@theolympian.comJune 18, 2013 

Quarterback Derrick Becker, who led Capital High School to the Class 2A state football semifinals last fall as a junior, will transfer and enroll at Olympia High School for his senior year, his father said Monday.

Aric Becker, a former assistant football coach at Capital before his son became the starting quarterback in 2011, said the decision to change schools was based on his son’s future in football.

“It was in the best interest for him,” Aric Becker said. “His goal ever since he was little is to play college football and on the biggest stage possible. Olympia gives him the chance.”

Aric Becker said talks about transferring came within the last month after his wife, Angie, received a job offer in Hawaii, where the couple’s oldest daughter attends college. He said his wife and youngest daughter, an incoming high school freshman, will move to Hawaii, while he and Derrick will stay in a rented Olympia home within the Olympia High School boundaries before rejoining the family in Hawaii after the 2013-14 school year.

The Beckers also looked into enrolling Derrick at a high school in Hawaii, but “it just seemed like too big of a risk,” Aric Becker said.

In two seasons as Capital’s starter, the 6-foot, 185-pound Becker threw for 2,300-plus yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the Cougars to the Class 3A quarterfinals in 2011 and the 2A state semifinals in 2012.

Becker will join a Class 4A program that had a 4-6 record in 2012 and advanced to the district playoffs. Becker wrapped up his junior year at Capital last week, and Aric Becker said he plans to have his son registered at Olympia “by the end of the week” before the Bears head off to team camp at Oregon State University.

Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 @MegWochnick

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