NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – When Jack Harvey fell into the starting quarterback role in 2012 following an injury to Mike Marchesano, head coach Joe Carollo knew something special was about to happen.
All Harvey has done since taking over on October 13, 2012 is continue to surprise Carollo and the rest of New Providence.
Just four games into the 2014 season, Harvey has more touchdowns than any of his Pioneer teammates and is coming off back-to-back three score performances, leading to him being this week’s TAP into New Providence Athlete of the Week.
“We talk about him making better decisions, but you look at this season, he’s a weapon,” Carollo said. “He’s a weapon in the air. He’s a weapon running the ball. That’s what we talk about, having the compliment of offensive players. That’s what we think we have.”
Sure Harvey has a loaded backfield, with former Athlete of the Week Ibn Nash, Yamato Ejiri and Matt McCann all contributing in one form or another. What sets the senior quarterback apart for the others is his ability to do everything.
His seven rushing touchdowns over the first half of the season is already more than his previous two seasons combined, while his 119 yards per game on the ground is currently double his YPG from last season.
In the air, Harvey is right on par with his 50 percent completion percentage, but he has completed more than half his passes in three of the four Pioneer games this season, with only four interceptions in 48 passing attempts.
“Jack’s an explosive football player,” Carollo said. “He’s dynamic and he can do some things. When you do so many good things, everybody expects you to do that every single play.”
With five regular season games remaining, plus a potential added state tournament game, Harvey has a very good chance at breaking his personal-best season records in his final campaign as the Pioneers leading man.
After a bye week, Harvey and the Pioneers are back in action on October 17 when they visit Dayton for a 7 p.m. kickoff.