Some kids were born to play quarterback.
For Hamilton-Wenham senior Trevor Lyons, the position didn’t come quite so naturally. He had to work at it.
Through that work, Lyons formed a bond with the position — one he wasn’t willing to let go of when he received offers to play Division 1-AA football in the secondary or at wideout. Ultimately, it was his desire to be under center in a small school atmosphere that led Lyons to sign with Bates College.
“(Playing QB) was a key part of it. Other schools like Wesleyan and Holy Cross were recruiting me to play wideout and corner, but Bates was pushing for me to go there, and I wanted to keep on playing the position I love,” Lyons said.
It’s not the accolades or the glory that appeal to Lyons, who isn’t the type to self-aggrandize. What he appreciates most about being under center is the leadership it requires.
Bates could offer Lyons that leadership role and more. The NESCAC school in Lewiston, Maine has a very similar atmosphere and feel to the Hamilton-Wenham community Lyons grew up and thrived athletically in.
“I think it’s the leadership aspect I love so much. Starting under center is a whole different world,” Lyons admitted. “It can be nerve-wracking, but once you overcome it, it can be a great feeling.
“Me being from a small town going to a small college is a perfect fit; I can carry on what I’ve been doing my whole life. When I stepped on campus (at Bates), it felt right. They had the most support for me and were the most interested. I was getting calls every week, and the vibe I got felt right.”
He’ll be playing for head coach/quarterbacks coach Mark Harriman, who has coached the Bobcats for 13 seasons. Over the past three years, he’s switched to an option-style offense out of the pistol formation — just the kind of offense a tough, elusive runner like Lyons could excel in.