CARVER – One may yawn and miss the Town of Carver on a visit down Route 58 from Plymouth to Wareham alongside the Southeastern hall of Massachusetts.
But quarterback Tyler Lennox is slowly placing the tiny city and his Crusaders on the map this season in Div. 8.
With solely two profitable seasons prior to now 20 years, Lennox has Carver (4-0) positioned for a postseason run this time as they face Cohasset (2-2) of their dwelling and South Shore League opener Friday night time.
Lennox was anointed a starter halfway by means of his sophomore season and has shattered most faculty passing and landing data 4 video games into his senior season.
Coming into this week, Lennox has 4,561 yards in his profession with 48 passing touchdowns and 53 whole finish zone journeys. Lennox is simply getting began this season with 12 touchdowns, two extra on the bottom, on solely two interceptions on the season.
Lennox nonetheless has three quarters of the season left after surpassing all of the Carver passing data held since 1991 by Jared Helms, who now has new nephews on the present roster.
Lennox has starred in three sports activities – basketball, baseball, and soccer – however parked his baseball profession to deal with his love for the gridiron. Lennox talked in regards to the psychological side of the sport and what he can do to enhance.
“I thrive on the mental preparation during the week. I watch a ton of film, seeing what defenses have lined up, see what formations they blitz in, what formations they don’t and (defensive) coverages,” stated Lennox, who’s being recruited by a variety of faculty applications.
“But my weakness would be my speed. Honestly, I’m pretty slow, but I can get out a little, and I could certainly get better at crossing the line of scrimmage and using my legs more.”
After 2 ½ seasons below middle, Lennox is definitely the chief within the locker room. The city discuss has Old Colony Youth Football League youngsters trying to observe in Lennox’s footsteps and using the profitable wave as he tries to get Carver near their Gillette Stadium desires this season.
James Callahan, a fellow senior captain, spoke extremely of Lennox’s vocal management and getting over the hump with a profitable document this season after so a few years of futility, together with final season’s 3-8 end.
“He’s been our best leader for two years; we like to rely on him a lot and we know he is really good and can put the ball wherever. If we can give him three seconds, he’s going to make some plays,” stated Callahan, who protects Lennox as his left sort out. “Winning is a big chip on our shoulder, and we want to turn it around and Tyler is a big part.”
Turning it round has already began however the massive take a look at is the Skippers coming to city; Carver has not crushed Cohasset in 17 years.
“Coming into each week, eliminating my mistakes, and being smart with the ball is what it takes. We now have guys that prepare and want to win as much as I do,” stated Lennox. “We go week-by-week, but it’s hard to ignore. You can see the buzz around the team, people know we are legit, but keep our focus week to week and try not to look ahead.”
Cohasset is by far the hardest take a look at for the Crusaders within the first 5 weeks because the Skippers took North Quincy, a tricky Div. 2 workforce, right down to the wire in a 20-14 loss final week. But Carver is firing on all cylinders, averaging 48.5 factors per recreation whereas yielding a mean of 4.5 factors on protection.
The run recreation has improved, the brand new summer season exercise program is offering dividends, new coaches on the defensive aspect of the ball, and it’s lastly all coming collectively as a workforce with Lennox comfy on the helm and the huddle.
Head coach Ben Shuffain has taken over this system the previous two years after shifting his household from Mansfield to embed himself within the Carver tradition.
“It’s one big family,” stated Shuffain. “Tyler was a junior captain and a leader from Day 1 based on the leadership aspect and his high character shown on the field. He proved it last year, we have a great group of seniors, and Tyler is the voice of the team. The team goes as he goes.”
NAME: Tyler Lennox
SCHOOL: Carver High School
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’0’’; 180 kilos
POSITION: Quarterback – three-year starter
FAMILY: Jill (mother), Scott (dad), Matt (brother), Agnes (nana)
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: South Shore League All-Star final two seasons for varsity basketball; South Shore League All-Star final yr for soccer. Honorable Mention All-State (soccer) as a junior.
FAVORITE PERSONAL MOMENT IN SPORTS: Winning the South Shore League Championship in basketball in 2022-23. (co-champs with Rockland)
FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Gym
LEAST FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Math
FAVORITE PIGOUT FOOD: Pepperoni Pizza – I’m a pizza man.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Chicago P.D.
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Longest Yard (unique; 1974)
FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Drake
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: NBA 2K
FAVORITE SMARTPHONE APP: NBA 2K
FAVORITE TWITTER ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW: Carver Crusaders Football – @CarverFootball
FAVORITE PRO TEAM: New England Patriots
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Patrick Mahomes
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GAME: Watch a ton of movie, get rid of errors in observe, getting everybody able to play as a workforce.
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE: Coach Shuffain – so I might yell at these guys!