Looking back on his past season with the Spartans in the Peabody (Mass.) Tanners Youth Football League, Shea Lynch has a lot to be proud of.
Being named team captain is very high on the list. “I was voted captain by my teammates,” he said. “That showed me that my teammates considered me a leader and I had a responsibility to help my team, my teammates and my coaches.”
All great quarterbacks are great leaders, and Lynch fits that profile. While guiding the Spartans to a 4-4 record, the sixth grader completed 50 of 98 passes for 675 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also rushed for 339 yards on only 33 carries and scored 5 more TDs.
“I was happy to see my team come together and progress throughout the season,” Lynch said. “My team goal this year was to make the playoffs, but unfortunately we missed making the playoffs by only one game. My personal goals were to throw for 10 TD passes and to run for 5 touchdowns. I missed throwing for 10 by 1 touchdown but I accomplished reaching my rushing TD goal.”
Being able to pass and run are two skills needed to be the best quarterback possible, and leadership is equally important. Those are three reasons why Lynch has such a bright future.
Lynch has been lining up under center since he was 5 years old. “I like playing the quarterback position because I like to help lead my teammates in achieving their personal and team goals,” he said. “I also like to run our no-huddle offense using some R4 techniques and I like to control the pace of the game.”
Learning the R4 system has also spurred Lynch’s growth as a quarterback. He’s been training with NFA for three years. “I’ve attended over 10 camps,” he said. “NFA has helped me as a QB by teaching to serve my team and to be a leader while also developing my release, footwork, and arm speed/path.”
In July, Lynch received his second invitation to the Duel and he finished fifth among incoming sixth graders. “My goal heading into the Duel was to place in the Top 5,” he said. “I was excited to place fifth this year, but now I am driven to do better and get another chance to compete in the Duel. I feel grateful for the opportunity that the Duel gave me as a quarterback and as a leader. My Duel success gave me confidence in myself heading into this year’s football season because I knew if I could compete with the great QB’s at the Duel I could compete and lead my team at a high level.”
Lynch competed in his first Duel before his fifth grade season and will not soon forget the experience. “In the 2015 Duel, I traveled from Boston with my family,” he said. “I had a ruptured ear drum and a double ear infection but I still felt the need to compete even though I lost hearing in my right ear. I didn’t want to the let the coaches, my family or myself down. Competing in the Duel is an honor that I take great pride in. After the 2015 Duel, I wanted to work harder to be invited back and prove to myself that I could compete at a high level against great quarterbacks.”