Most kids like spending their summers cooling off at the pool or goofing around with friends. Dylan Lonergan finds his enjoyment excelling at athletics.

Two summers ago, Lonergan was a big hit on the baseball field. The standout pitcher threw a no-hitter for his Peachtree Ridge Lions team that beat opponents from four states en route to winning the Grand Slam World Series.

This summer, Lonergan received an invite to the Duel and he enjoyed immense success on the football field, finishing second among incoming sixth graders at NFA’s showcase event.

“My goal going into the Duel was winning my age group,” Lonergan said. “I felt I could have done better, but the competition gave me a chance to see how I stacked up against kids my age.”

He stacked up very well against talented young quarterbacks who journeyed to Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, Ohio, from across the country.

Perfect start

Lonergan rolled into his season with the Peachtree Ridge 12U Lions in Duluth, Georgia, and his team is off to a 5-0 start.

“That’s what I’m happiest about with our season, we are undefeated so far,” Lonergan said. “The team goal is to win a championship.”

As for individual goals, he is aiming for 1,000 yards passing with 10 touchdowns. Lonergan is likely going to meet those milestones, and he had 400 yards passing while connecting on 25 of 46 throws with 3 TDs through the first five games of the season. The sixth grader from Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth also rushed 14 times for 70 yards and another touchdown.

This is Lonergan’s fifth season playing football. Not surprisingly, it’s his fifth season playing quarterback. “I like having the ball in my hands every offensive play,” he said. “ I also like being responsible to run the offense.”

Lonergan has been training with NFA for the past three years, and that’s helped him take his game to an even higher level. “They’ve helped me improve my throwing mechanics,” he said.

As a rising young QB, Lonergan is already at an advanced level with his arm strength and accuracy throwing the football. As he continues working on reading and reacting to opposing defenses, his future could not be any brighter.