Connor Curry burst onto the scene in the seventh grade when was invited to play in the Eastbay All-American Bowl.
For the past 3 years, the Evangel Christian Academy quarterback has been the leader of the Eagles high school football team.
"Every year that Connor has been the quarterback, we have moved up districts," said Byron Dawson, Evangel's head football coach. "We moved up to 3A, a different division, which is 4A, and then we moved up to 5A."
The road hasn't always been easy for Curry, but he says he never felt alone.
"That freshman year, I had some struggles in some games. We played some pretty good competition, so we had the best defensive players my freshman year," Curry said. "The seniors really worked with me and showed me what it takes to get everything down.
"And now it's my job to show the younger guys."
Each year, Curry continues to get better and accepts every challenge.
"They expect a lot out of you," he said. "You have to be a vocal leader, and you also have to lead by example."
Dawson added: "Great leaders influence, so he's had the ability to not only influence himself but influence others to be great leaders."
Curry is a firm believer in family and embraces this team as his own family. "All of the offensive lineman are my closest friends.
"We have a little saying: The best is yet to come," Curry continued. "The coaches and the teachers, whether it's in academics or out here on the field, they are always there for you to help you."
Curry said he can't take the credit for being the man he is today. It's been a joint effort with the coaches around him and the teachers and staff members at Evangel Christian.
"I've been brought up in a home where you have to respect your authority no matter who it is. My parents always told me to stay coach-able no matter what it is," Curry said.
"My Dad, he has been a guy who is there for me. I could hop in the car after practice and he would be there to talk to if I had something that I was struggling with at school. So he's always been there."
Curry's father, Chad Curry, said he received the same treatment as a child and wants to instill the same family values in his children.
"Your children are the most important things in your life," the elder Curry said. "It's God, family and then everything else. And if you don't have things in that order, then they aren't in perspective."
Connor Curry understands that a 2-parent household isn't the norm anymore.
"I've been blessed, and I want to take advantage of the opportunity that I have been given. You know, everyone might not have that. So I'm really lucky and that's something I thank God for every single day."
Chad Curry said football makes his son Connor happy now and he knows you can't play football all of your life.
"When I was coaching middle school ball and elementary school ball, I always told the kids athletics is a tool to get you what you need in life and you won't have that tool in your box for long," Chad Curry said. "Use that tool as long as you can, get your education if you can do what you can with it."
As for his family on the field, they have one goal on their minds this season.
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