Things are looking up at Father Ryan High School.
Quarterbacking Father Ryan’s JV team, comprised mainly of freshmen, Tabscott helped the Irish to a 4-3 record playing against teams that were mostly sophomores and juniors. In addition, two of the teams were ranked in the Top 4 in Tennessee.
“I was really proud of our team, and especially the O-line,” Tabscott said. “I was really proud of how we came together as a team towards the end of the season.”
Tabscott had a fabulous JV season, completing 90 of 135 passes for 1,060 yards and 9 TDs. The 6-foot-1, 150-pounder finished with a 66 percent completion rate and 94 QBR/passer rating.
Going into the season, Tabscott’s goal was leading the JV Fighting Irish to an undefeated record. But given the caliber of the competition, the season was an unqualified success.
“Just try to develop the program here,” Tabscott said. “Father Ryan hasn’t had great football in the last couple of years. With the talent we have, I think we can really have something special. With the JV, help develop the team and bring them to the highest level possible.”
Training with QBA the last three years has helped Tabscott smooth out his delivery. It’s also helped him develop his strong leadership skills.
“I’ve been playing quarterback since sixth grade,” he said. “I love the leadership aspect, I love being able to serve my team and do whatever it takes for the team to win and have a great game. I want the ball in my hands. At the end of the game, when it’s close, I don’t want the game to be out of my control. I want to be able to say I’m in control, you guys can look to me as your leader. You can trust me. You can depend on me, I’m not going to let you down.
“I love that part, having the chance to help my team be the best they can be,” Tabscott continued. “I love the competitiveness of it, that everybody’s looking at you. You get all the glory but you also get all the blame. I don’t mind taking the blame for my team. That’s a great thing, to be able to lead my team and be able to take some of the pressure off your shoulders.”
Getting his second Duel invite last year, Tabscott was thrilled to finish fourth among incoming freshmen. “There were some really good QBs there,” he said. “(First-place finisher Kalen) Shoemaker was unreal. I think it showed me I can play with the best. I can play with anybody I need to and it gave me confidence going into the season in this highly competitive league I play in. It showed I can trust myself. I don’t have to go into a game timid or not believing I can do anything. I’ve always had that mindset that nobody’s going to beat me. But doing well at the Duel helped me see the tangible part that I can play.”