Whenever you looked up, there was No. 11 making a play.
Indeed, Hersey High School quarterback Owen Goldsberry was as good as advertised.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior stole the show in Hersey’s 40-7 victory over host Highland Park on Sept. 8.
“He’s a scholarship kid,” said HP head coach Joe Horeni. “He’s gotten 10 to 15 offers. Some want him as a quarterback. Some want him as an athlete.”
Goldsberry rushed the ball 25 times for 255 yards with touchdown runs of 48 and 71 yards in the second half. He also threw for 103 yards.
Meanwhile, the Giants (0-3) also had a player turning some heads. No. 10 was all over the field.
Senior Quentin Griffin, a two-way starter, had the game of his life.
On the offensive end, the 6-foot, 165-pound wideout pulled down seven catches for 95 yards. He made a 44-yard reception over the top early in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Griffin finished with a team-high nine tackles.
“Quentin stepped up big time,” said Horeni. “Played great offensively and defensively.”
Griffin became one of the go-to guys for HP quarterback John Sakos (22-32-0, 223 yards).
“Quentin showed up tonight,” Sakos said. “It was good to see him shine like that. He’s been waiting for an opportunity to show off his skills.
“He’s big, lanky,” the QB added. “He can go up and get it.”
Five of his receptions measured nine yards or better.
“One of my better games,” said Griffin. “Coaches told me to play relaxed. Play hard like you do in practice.”
HP’s Game Balls: Quentin Griffin (WR/DB), John Sakos (QB), Noah Spitz (WR/DB)
Hersey’s Game Balls: Owen Goldsberry (QB), Luke Cecala (RB), Sean Watters (WR)
HP’s Offensive Player of the Game: Griffin
HP’s Defensive Player of the Game: Spitz
HP’s Offensive Stat Leaders:
— Sakos (22-32-0, 223 yards)
— Griffin (7 catches, 95 yards)
— Spitz (7 catches, 66 yards)
— Ryan Brincks (7 rushes, 22 yards; 4 catches, 18 yards)
— Tommy Motzko (1-yard TD run; 3 catches, 26 yards)
— Jared Bloom (3 rushes, 20 yards)
Hersey’s Offensive Stat Leaders:
— Goldsberry (25 rushes, 255 yards, 3 TD runs; 9-14-1, 103 yards)
— Cecala (11 rushes, 45 yards, 4-yard TD run)
— Watters (4 catches, 32 yards)
HP’s Defensive Stat Leaders:
— Griffin (8 tackles)
— Spitz (2 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass breakup)
— Motzko (5 tackles, 9-yard QB sack, 4-yard tackle for loss)
— Nick Heilizer (7 tackles)
— Tyler Hunter (6 tackles)
— Luke Baldwin (5 tackles)
— Noah Morgenstern (5 tackles)
— Jack Finfer (3 tackles, 1 TFL)
HP’s Unsung Heroes: Hunter, Bloom
Notable: The Giants dropped to 0-3 on the season. Hersey improved to 2-1. … One of the plays of the game was Noah Spitz’s interception with 9:57 left in the second quarter. He read it perfectly and caught it with two outstretched hands. It was textbook. … Inside linebacker Tommy Motzko tried to spark his team, when he tracked down Hersey quarterback Owen Goldsberry for a nine-yard loss midway through the third quarter. … Another highlight for HP was coming up with a goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter. Marcus Shaw and a number of his teammates plugged up the line of scrimmage to keep Goldsberry out of the end zone. … Two of the team’s top players — junior lineman Kevin Kaufman and senior receiver Justin Goodman — weren’t dressed for the game due to injuries. And two of HP’s top two-way players — Giancarlo Volpentesta and Noah Morganstern — started but weren’t able to finish the game due to injuries.
Sound Bites: “None of our kids are hanging their heads. We’ll get some wins.” — HP head coach Joe Horeni.
“To be a good football team, you have to play good competition.” — Horeni.