A funny thing happened as Windham High lamented the loss of its one and only quarterback, Joe Lorenz, to graduation.
There simply was no mourning period.
“We knew (Brendan McInnis) had the talent, but seeing him put the time in outside of our organized workouts let us know he was prepared to take his game and the team’s to another level,” said Windham coach Bill Raycraft of Lorenz’ replacement.
“He has done that.”
McInnis, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior, caught the eyes of onlookers as early as scrimmages in August. He’s been money, week in and week out, as the Jaguars rolled through an 8-1 regular season, claiming the top spot in New Hampshire’s Division 2 South conference.
Saturday, he and his Windham mates will host rival Trinity in the South title game at 1 p.m.
“We knew coming into the season we were going to be young, having graduated 18 good players last year and returning only one starter,” said Raycraft. “But as the season has gone on, each of them has continued to develop and get better.”
No Jaguar has been as dangerous as McInnis, who continues to rip through teams with his arm and his legs.
McInnis cracked the 1,000-passing yards barrier last week and has thrown 12 TD passes. Meanwhile, on the ground, he’s up over nine yards per carry at 68 for 634 yards on the year.
And now he’ll look to take the Jags further than they’ve ever been, that is, to a state title.
“From both statistically and leadership view, he has been very good,” said Raycraft.
“He puts the pressure on the defense to account for him, both from a throwing and running threat and in our offense he may be the lead blocker at times.
“He is as good as there is in the area, the best part is there is still room for growth and he knows that and is willing to put the time in to get it done. I have no doubt the recruiters will be taking notice during the offseason.”