Pope John quarterback Sonny Abramson has all the qualities of a star quarterback. He 6’2”, 190lbs, he can bench press as much as some linemen, he’s as quick as some of the top runningbacks in the conference, he leads his team like a field general, studies film like a coach and he gets good grades. The scary part about Sonny Abramson is he’s ONLY A FRESHMAN!!!
This past week, Abramson responded to Pope John’s Week 1 loss to Randolph with a 54-6 trouncing of High Point. During the first half of that game, he led the Lions by going 10-15 for 185 yards and five touchdowns. By the second half, he and many of the starters were pulled.
This performance earned Abramson Morris Sussex Football’s Week 2 Player of the Week. MSF caught up with Sonny to talk about his breakout game, his experience as a freshman quarterback and who his role models are.
Morris Sussex Football: Do you think you would have thrown five more TDs if you played the 2nd half?
Sonny Abramson: I don’t know about 5, but we do have a lot of great receivers and a great line.
MSF: Did you ever throw 5 TDs in a game in youth football?
SA: No, I’ve thrown 4 a few times, but not five, and not all in one half of the game.
MSF: Is there a receiver on your team who you feel like your gelling with the most right now?
SA: What’s really great is all of our receivers have different skills so they are hard to defend. I feel like we are all in sync with each other, and it will only keep getting better.
MSF: Do you think you could have played varsity as an eighth grader?
SA: I have done a lot of growing and developing as a QB over the past year. I’m just really happy and fortunate to have the opportunity that I have right now.
MSF: What has been the most eye opening thing about varsity football for you so far?
SA: Speed and Size – There are a lot of really good football players on the field at one time on both sides of the ball.
MSF: Out of all of the talented position players on your team, who is the fastest?
SA: Noah Brown has unbelievable game speed.
MSF: If its fourth and 1, would you prefer to do a QB keeper or throw it?
SA: Throwing seems like a good choice.
MSF: If you had to hand it off to, who would it be?
SA: DC (Dashawn Chatelier) our tailback runs really hard.
MSF: Now that you’re a varsity QB have you found yourself saying the typical cliche responses to reporters (We are just going to take it one game at a time, etc.)?
SA: I think when those cliches are true, they aren’t cliches – they just fit the situation and I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t mean it.
MSF: Who is your biggest role model?
SA: A lot of people have helped and impacted me – my family, my coaches. In the last couple of years, I’ve been really fortunate to have Trent Dilfer and Matt Cavanaugh (Jets QB coach) help me out a lot with quarterbacking. And I look up to guys like Andrew Luck and Tim Tebow for how they handle themselves on and off the field.
MSF: What is your favorite football movie?
SA: Remember The Titans
MSF: Who is your favorite music artist?
MSF: Who’s music do you play before a game?
MSF: What is your pregame meal?
SA: I like Pasta (and an energy bar product called MetaBall)
MSF: Who on your team makes you laugh and why?
SA: There are so many guys on our team that are really funny, but Noa Merritt is probably the funniest.
MSF: Where do you see this team in December?
SA: State Championships.
MSF: Try not to throw your arm out throwing too many touchdowns. Best of luck the rest of the way!
SA: Thank you again for this honor. I enjoyed speaking with you. I’m gonna keep working really hard so the the rest of the season goes the same way.