Jeff Barrett of Burroughs High spent his Pop Warner football days in the trenches as a lineman. So, as the Indians' quarterback, Barrett doesn't mind taking a hit.
"I hated playing the line, but I still like the contact," Barrett said. "I don't like quarterbacks that fall down to avoid a hit."
Barrett (6-0, 185) stayed in the pocket long enough last week against Notre Dame to complete 21 of 25 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown in a 28-14 victory. His performance broke the school's single-game passing record of 299 yards, set by Bob Pastora in 1975.
Last season, the Indians were 2-8 with Barrett as the starting quarterback. He often appeared unsure of himself. This season he already has passed for 583 yards, and the Indians have equaled last season's victory total.