As part of our look at South Jersey high school football, beat writer Kevin Minnick will spend five minutes each week asking players from across the region a variety of questions. It’s not rehearsed, so players never know what they may be asked.
KM: Have you always been a quarterback?
BS: For a really long time. I actually played running back for a while but got hurt when I was 7 or 8. I’ve been a quarterback ever since.
KM: What’s this season been like for you personally?
BS: There have been a lot of ups and downs, but that comes with every season. Sometimes you struggle; sometimes you have a game and throw three TDs. It’s going to be a season I’ll remember of the rest of my life.
KM: Did you feel going into the season that you could be a 1,000-yard passer?
BS: I did. I wanted to beat my stats from last year. I think I went over 1,000 last year and wanted to see how far I could go.
KM: Holy Cross has had its share of passing QBs. What’s it like being the latest?
BS: It’s living up to the tradition. I don’t want to be that guy who didn’t do what he was supposed to. I wanted to keep the legacy going.
KM: Just how good has the offensive line been throughout the year?
BS: Not just this year, the whole time we’ve been in high school they’ve been great. I can’t say enough. They work hard every day. I go as they go. They’ve made me what I am today.
KM: What’s your best subject in the classroom?
BS: I’m a history guy, all the facts and stuff. I find it easy to remember.
KM: Who’s your role model?
BS: My mom. She’s the one who instilled that work ethic into me. She drives me every day. If I’m having a bad day, she picks me up. She gets me motivated and keep me level.
KM: What’s your favorite college football team?
BS: My mom’s alma mater — Southern Cal. The real USC.
KM: I’m sure you’d like to play in college. Do you have any plans?
BS: Not yet. I’m still undecided. I do play baseball, too, so I’m weighing my options right now.
KM: What’s it like walking the halls of Holy Cross?
BS: It’s comforting. Being that it’s not a really big school, everybody knows you. There’s a family feel and we all get along.
KM: What’s your favorite TV show?
BS: A series on Starz called Power.
KM: Has football always been your sport?
BS: It has. But baseball … I like both of them, but football is what everyone always told me I was better at. They know me as Brandon Simmons the quarterback and not Brandon Simmons the pitcher and outfielder.