For me, football started at an early age. It was part of our family. Some families play board games or go on long vacations, our family, we had football. Sure we had vacations and the occasional family night, but football brought us together and gave us some unforgettable memories.
My football journey started when I was 5. My dad got me into the local flag football league a couple years early because my older brother Trey was already playing. From there, I never stopped playing.
Whether it was one-on-one games with Trey in the side yard with Bryce (our younger brother) as the all-time QB or whether it was our made up kickoff game where we had points for who could get the furthest without being tackled, the competitive spirit that was brought out through football truly gave us a family connection unlike any other.
Sure there were some arguments, so hard tackles and maybe some blood, but those memories from that side yard are something I’ll never forget. Especially when it snowed. Let’s be honest, nothing beats football in the snow,
Looking back, it’s funny to think I didn’t start this journey as a quarterback. I was never the star player on any of my teams growing up, but I knew I loved playing the game.
I started to make the transition to QB when I was in middle school, around seventh grade or so, but even then, I didn’t really get a chance to play, but I knew I would get my shot and that shot came as a freshman at Downington East, where I started at QB for the freshman squad, this was at the same time Trey, my older brother was the starting QB for varsity.
By the time, my junior year came around, I was handed the reigns, I was following in my brother’s footsteps.
High school football is unlike anything else. Guys wearing their jerseys to class on Fridays. Playing under the lights with all your friends going nuts in the stands. There’s nothing like that. The energy, excitement, it was just so much fun playing high school football.
There are two games that really stick out in my mind when I think about some of my favorite football memories growing up.
It was my first ever high school start at the varsity level, we were playing Allentown Catholic who had won two or three straight state championships. Nobody gave us a chance, but it was a crazy game because the score was something totally ridiculous, but we ended up handling them pretty good (editor’s note: score was 62-41).
They only had me throw like 11-12 passes, but I had like four touchdowns. It was a ton of fun because nobody expected it and we were able to pull off the big upset.
My other game that sticks out was my senior year against our big rival, Coatesville. They were always a tough game in our league and it was a close battle all game long.
We’re down six with under a minute to play and we’re driving deep into their end. We get to I think the six or eight yard line and it’s fourth down with time running out. I roll out and I’m trying to buy time, I roll to my left and throw completely across my body and our receiver comes up and makes a play right at the goal line to tie the game.
Then I go to hold the extra point for the win, as I’m holding it, I get hit, but I remember hearing the ball hit the goal post and then all of my teammates went nuts, so apparently it went through to give us the win.
I’ve been blessed with great teammates and great coaches and an incredible family that has supported me and pushed me to allow me to be in the position I am today. The memories created around the game of football are some that I will truly never forget.