The last thing I asked him on the phone last night, just curious about his feelings about playing his first “game” in a North uniform, was what exactly would make it a good night for him and his offense.
“It’s tough to say,” he began. “I don’t think we’re going to show a lot. I think it would be dumb if we did. I feel like we need to go out there and be sharp, complete passes and move the ball. I feel like we’re going to have a good night, even if we stick with our base offense.”
He continued to talk as I typed, playing catch-up, when I heard some numbers come through my phone. I asked him to repeat them.
“Sixty percent completion, 200 yards and a touchdown,” he said.
It’s not like he’s Ali, calling his round, and still, friends, that’s confidence.
He has reason to be.
Earlier, he’d ticked off some of his receivers, asserting that, yeah, first year in the program and everything, but he didn’t think chemistry was any kind of issue, throwing to guys like Payton Prince, Tyler Sipe or Nick Basquine.
“I think we’re a little bit past the chemistry … I think now,” he said, “it’s really on my shoulders.”
He said he’s used to it. He said he’s the quarterback and that’s what being the quarterback is all about. If he comes out flat, should he ever, his teammates will pick him up and, anyway, “I usually don’t have a full bad game.”
Really, even if Cornwell had never come to town, this would be a pretty exciting time for prep football.
All indications remain that NHS and North both, have the staying power required to be two of the top programs in the western half of the state.