“A lot of our young guys have played varsity sports since their freshman year in lacrosse, hockey and basketball, and somewhere along the way that’s rubbed off on this team.”
So has team-wide unselfishness, particularly among the seniors when it comes to playing time. Tenth graders Spencer Craig (outside linebacker), Will Millett (OLB/tight end), Brooks Tyrrell (running back/defensive back) and Derek Dumais (nose tackle) all start for the Magicians, and Rudloff said he’s heard nary a complaint from any player, upperclassman or not, about playing time. In fact, he said, the seniors have come to him several times this fall asking for him to play the younger guys more.
Tyrrell, for instance, is the team’s leading rusher with 327 yards and five TDs. Senior captain Ian Maag is close behind (291 yards, 2 TDs) running out of the quarterback position, while fellow captain Zac Cuzner (232 yards, team-high 6 TDs) gives the Magicians three terrific options out of the backfield.
Maag is also completing 67 percent of his passes (58 of 86) for 764 yards and six TDs. He’s spreading the wealth, too, hitting junior Jeremy Gillis (18 catches for 241 yards, TD), Brian Daly (13-180, 2 TDs), Dylan Cressy (9-150, TD), Nick Perry (3-66, TD) and Millett (3-37, TD) for scores.
Maag, said Rudloff, clearly could be putting up much gaudier numbers both running and throwing the ball if the coaching staff so chose to build the offense around him; he’s that talented. But feeling the Magicians were better served running a balanced offense this season, the signal-caller has never once asked to have his number called more often, happy knowing that the more touches his teammates get, the more difficult they’ll be for opponents to stop.
Captains Kyle McCormack and Ty Bates are stalwarts in the offensive line that open holes and hold their blocks long enough for the offense to — pardon the pun — work their magic.