BRENNAN BORON’S BIG PLAN: St. Marys quarterback has Wheeling on his mind
ST. MARYS — Quarterback Brennan Boron will be the first to admit his happiness at finally seeing the light at the end of a tunnel for the bumps and bruises train he has ridden over the past two seasons, even if he couldn’t see it without wincing after the sudden change from so much blackness.
Everything came together nicely once his eyes adjusted.
All of those hard hits finally paid off upon Boron taking the field as a playoff quarterback during St. Marys’ matchup with Cameron in the 2019 Class A opening round. They then further prepared the three-year starting QB for his duties when the Blue Devils kick off the 2020 season.
The last part is crucial to this year’s still young team. “We have to have his leadership this year. We didn’t expect it when he was a sophomore and junior, but hopefully he is able to provide it to us one final time,” SMHS head coach Jodi Mote said.
Boron emphatically says he is ready to walk under the lights at Bill Handlin Stadium.
“Let’s play,” he said.
But there is more to just his upbeat attitude then a willingness to play.
His eagerness to lead the team to Wheeling, similar to predecessors Eric Illar and Will Billeter, provides him with a major driving influence.
“It has been a dream growing up and I obviously watched Eric take them to The Island my freshman year and saw the atmosphere and it was fun,” he said.
This experience, grit and determination mean even more after much of the summer, along with 7-on-7s, was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic. Any little edge means the possibility of playing at home versus playing on the road in the postseason.
When Boron steps into the locker room before the opener against Belpre it is likely all eyes will be on him. He’ll need to be at the top of his game from Day 1.
This is obviously the best chance for the Blue Devils to return to the playoffs since their back-to-back state title game appearances in 2016 and ’17.
With Ben Long back at running back, the continued development of Logan Rice, Cyle West and Jason Clayton and a vastly improved Darien Bortey along with his own running talent, Boron has the offense around him capable of achieving all his goals.
Boron believes Mote will put him in a position to pick up big chunks of yardage with his teammates.
Seeing as the Blue Devils’ head man wants to get his QB more comfortable throwing in the pocket to compliment his ability to throw on the run, it appears the air assault may just be on. As the pocket presence improves, Mote hopes his QB rises to any challenge and overcomes it.
It is a request Boron feels confident he can fulfill. “I have seen almost everything and will be ready if teams change it up,” he said. This attitude stretches into his plan to help his teammates. “Speaking up more is imperative. I have to help the young kids and lead these kids so they have a shot to do it when it is their turn. We have some kids who can help us win on Friday nights.”
He adds outside linebacker to his job duties this year, but truly cherishes his final chance to throw the pigskin around the yard with his friends.
“I don’t really think about how awesome it has been to start at QB,” Boron said. “Ever since I stared in peewees I wanted to play for coach Mote. It is a dream come true and I want to finish my career out strong.”
Mote looks forward to seeing his senior lead the team.
“I am anxious to see how he responds this year. Hopefully, he puts the team on his shoulders and says ‘Let’s go get it,’ Mote said.