Kyle Brady wouldn’t mind some extra shut-eye on the weekend.
“I prefer to sleep in on Saturday mornings,” the Middlesex High School football player said. “But if you gotta play, you gotta play.”
And that he did. The junior rushed for 232 yards and scored three touchdowns in Middlesex’s 47-6 win over Cardinal McCarrick in Saturday’s Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division matchup. Quarterback Brandon Bollin, fullback Conor Reilly and tailback Joe Esposito each added a rushing touchdown, while Tom Helmstetter scored on a 45-yard interception return for the Blue Jays.
Jahmal Pryce provided a highlight for Cardinal McCarrick with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Cardinal McCarrick (1-5) nearly caught the Blue Jays (2-4) napping early in the game. Middlesex coach Brett Stibitz said the team studied to stop the Eagles’ five-wide spread formation, but they came out in a double tight, power-I formation.
“That was the first they showed their offense all season,” Stibitz said. “Their first six plays we prepared for something else. Then we adjusted to it and the kids did pretty good. … I’m very happy with the offense today, but the defense is really starting to click now going into the second half of the season.”
After a tight first quarter, Middlesex scored 28 points in the second quarter to take a 35-0 lead heading into halftime. Brady — who kicked five extra points — did his part as Middlesex scored three touchdowns in six plays. That stretch included Bollin scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 Blue Jays lead, followed by Middlesex’s Marcus Hill recovering the ball on the kickoff.
Two plays later, Brady scored on a 13-yard scamper for a 21-0 Middlesex lead. On Cardinal McCarrick’s first play after the kickoff, Middlesex’s Doug Pettit intercepted a pass. Brady then scooted for a 70-yard touchdown on his team’s first play as the Blue Jays took a 28-0 lead. In the final minute of the quarter, Helmstetter stepped in front of the receiver for the pick and ran down the left side for the 45-yard interception touchdown return and a 35-0 Middlesex lead.
A wide-eyed Brady showed no signs of sleepiness.
“He’s starting to see the blocking schemes,” Stibitz said. “Today was a joy to see him really hitting the holes and using his blocks.”
It wasn’t that the 5-foot-8, 170-pound Brady was being lazy about having to wake up early on Saturdays — he just prefers Friday night games. Middlesex’s field, though, doesn’t have lights this season.
“It’s just because school is over, and then you’re going straight into a game,” Brady said. “It’s just a great feeling. It’s not like you’ve got to get up early in the morning at 8 o’clock, then stay here till here 1 or 2 o’clock just to get a game.”
But it’s not so bad.
“I mean we’re playing football,” Brady said. “So that’s all that really matters.”