Starting now and continuing through the end of the 2017-18 school year, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area's best high school competitors.
The school year begins with a quarterback fresh off an impressive debut as a new starter. Northern's Chris Barrett helped engineer a 35-22 win over Octorara in the Week 0 opener, a solid start for a QB who had the unenviable task of replacing three-sport stud Curtis Robison (Penn State baseball), who served as the team's starting QB the past two years.
Barrett shook off some early nerves and missed a few targets, he admitted, but settled in to complete 68.4 percent of his passes (13 of 19) for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He spread the ball out to six different receivers, four of whom had multiple receptions.
And Barrett, a junior, finished with 14 carries for 96 yards and a score.
The signal caller spoke about his impressive start and his interests off the field.
Q: Did you have nerves in your first start? And how long did that take to shake off?
A: I’d say the first drive was a little tough — I was nervous. ... But then after that, my defense made the stop and we got the ball in good territory and I was calm down a little bit. Made some better passes.
Q: How about in the lead up to this season? Any nerves working to replace a guy like Robison?
A: There wasn’t pressure, but I was able to learn from Curtis last year. ... I was able to learn from mistakes last year and fix them.
Q: Outside of football and sports, what hobbies do you have?
A: I do lots of outdoor activities like hiking and anything outdoors. I also play video games like Madden and NBA 2K.
Q: OK, so how good are you at Madden, and who is your team? And who's the best on Northern at the game?
A: I’d say I’m pretty good in Madden and play as the Steelers. I’m a Steelers fan.
I don’t really know whose the best on the team in Madden.
Q: How about in the classroom? What subject do you like, and do you have any idea what you might want to study in college? Why?
A: Right now I’m taking a lot of engineering courses, and that’s what I think I want to do in college.
I just like the career part of building stuff and creating stuff.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I’d say my family really helped me my entire time [plus friends and coaches]. ... They’ve always been behind me and come to all my games.