Johnson Football Player Honored by U.S. Army All-American Bowl Committee


CT Johnson High School Senior Karsten Battles was formally recognized in a special assembly at his school Thursday, Nov. 30, by representatives of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and American Family Insurance.  Battles will start as the West Team’s long snapper at the U.S. Army All American Bowl, held in the Alamodome downtown on January 6, 2018.  


He is one of only two long snappers in the United States selected to play among high school football’s best of the best, described by Battles, “as the All-Star bowl game for high school.”  


Battles was presented his game jersey, number 18, in front of a cheering crowd of Johnson H.S. fans, cheerleaders, teachers and the band.  He thanked God, his parents, teammates and coaches.  His head football coach, Ronald Rittimann, also was invited to attend the U.S. Army Coaches’ Academy associated with the bowl festivities.  


“It is a great example to all of us in this room how to set a goal for yourself no matter what your age,” said Rittimann.  


The 6’1” 245-pound 18-year-old played on the Johnson High School offensive line.  He was named 2016 26-6A First Team All-District Special Teams MVP and Honorable Mention Offense-Line.  He was ranked number one long-snapper in Texas and best in the Southwest United States by region for the class of 2018. He earned a spot as a U.S. Army All American on July 8, 2017, when he competed at the FBU camp in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Battles was one of the Semi-Finalists for the Chris Rubio High School Long Snapper Award for 2016.  In May, Battles was awarded the designation of 5 Star Athlete and on July 19 was selected as one of the Top 12 Long Snappers at Rubio’s invitation-only Top 12 Camp in Tampa, Florida.


Submitted by: Amy Morgan