TAMPA — Cambridge Christian quarterback Garrett Young has thought about what it would be like to play at a bigger school, but it was a fleeting thought at best.
“Why would I leave?” Young said of his Class 2A school. “I have everything I need or want right here.”
Family and friends. A Christian environment. Solid schooling. And …
Air Dare is the name given to the Lancers’ offense, a free-wheeling spread attack that relies a lot on reading defenses and firing quick strikes as plays develop. It is taught by coach Bob Dare, who in his five years has tweaked his design according to personnel.
“At a school our size, you have to adjust a lot to the kids you have,” Dare said. “Throwing it around a bit is often the best option.”
It’s also a lot of fun, says Young, who according to MaxPreps ranks among the state’s passers in all classifications by completing 38 of 74 passes for 714 yards (238 per game) with eight touchdowns, two interceptions and a quarterback rating of 110.
“He’s proven he can play,” Dare said. “He’s a college prospect.”
The good news is that Young, who has received interest from Colgate and other Patriot and Ivy League schools, is only a junior with room to grow on his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame.
“A lot of colleges want that big, 6-foot-3 quarterback, but the bottom line is that Garrett can play,” Dare said. “He reads defenses very well and he’s accurate. He makes great decisions.”
Young’s true coming-out party came in last season’s final game, when heavily-favored Admiral Farragut rolled in with an 8-1 record for a visit to the Lancers, who were 5-4.
Young completed 19 of 25 passes for 408 yards and seven touchdowns with no interceptions. Farragut walked off the field stunned after a 68-45 loss and a sudden ticket out of the playoffs.
“Everything came together that day,” Young said. “Everything was clicking.”
It’s been clicking ever since.
Young’s leading target is Trevor Smith, a senior who has committed to Davidson. But Young has hit eight other receivers this season, a number that is not out of the question when the Lancers (1-2, 0-1) play at Class 2A-District 5 foe Keswick Christian (0-3, 0-1) tonight.
“We have all the confidence that Garrett will get us the ball,” said Smith, who leads Cambridge with 12 catches for 261 yards. “We feel our offense can move against anybody.”
Young, who has also rushed 51 times for 204 yards and four touchdowns, nods at the possibilities and says he’s just going to try to do his job as well as he can.
“I never get nervous,” Young said. “I don’t get nervous about anything really. I have confidence in our system, and I just try and focus on each play.
“That’s all you can do.”