TAMPA — Garrett Young has a lot on his plate — and he is savoring every bite.
He is the starting quarterback at Cambridge Christian and the soon-to-be senior is on the radar of some of the top football programs in the country, not to mention the schools paying attention to him because of his basketball skills.
Not only that, but he excels in the classroom as well. Young, however, is just one reason why the Lancers football program feels that they won’t only make the state playoffs this fall. He’s not the only one on the Cambridge Christian team thinking about earning a ring this season.
“Our hopes are higher than ever,” said Lancers coach Bob Dare. “We have a lot of seniors who have worked hard for this and we think we have a chance.”
The Lancers blew out Community School at Naples, 26-0, in their spring jamboree. Yes, it was only a spring game, which means absolutely nothing once the regular season starts; but Naples scored 505 points last season. The shutout, for whatever it is worth, shows that Cambridge Christian is ready for more than simply a playoff berth.
And Young is one of the keys to the Lancers’ hopes. The Lancers have finished third in districts in each of Young’s years at Cambridge Christian. This year, he thinks the Lancers are ready to take the next step.
“I feel like we are matured and ready,” Young said. “This year is different. We have 12 seniors and we really want it this year.”
Young, at 6-foot-1, can take a hit. He isn’t afraid to leave the pocket and has been the starting quarterback for the Lancers since his sophomore season. He’s been working out with the Cambridge Christian team since he was in seventh grade and knew the offense once he was given the keys to the Lancers offense.
“We knew he could play at this level,” Dare said. “He has no ego and he’s a hard worker. We see our expectations for this year and our goal is to go to the playoffs and go farther and Garrett and all of the kids on this team want to make it happen.”
Young has had plenty of tutoring along the way. He works with former University of Maryland and Arena Football League standout quarterback John Kaleo, currently the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Storm, and doesn’t take many days off during the summer. He goes to quarterback camps, plays plenty of basketball, and also plays golf often at Rocky Point Golf Club.
It’s a busy life and there’s a lot going on, but Young said he’s been able to juggle everything.
“Yeah, it’s busy,” he said. “But it’s worth it. It will all pay off.”