Sophomore quarterback Mike MacGillivray didn’t think he would get much playing time with the De La Salle High School football team this season, much less get the chance to start. The plan was to back up senior Garrett Jandegian this year then compete for the starting job in 2006.
Those plans have officially gone up in smoke. This week, MacGillivray’s been preparing to start on Friday night for the Spartans against Archbishop Mitty-San Jose. He’s getting the chance as Jandegian continues to heal a groin injury that he suffered in De La Salle’s opener on Sept. 10, a 7-0 loss to Clovis West. Spartans coach Bob Ladouceur wasn’t sure when Jandegian would return.
MacGillivray will become the first sophomore to start at QB for the Spartans since Matt Gutierrez opened the 1999 season with a blowout win over Richmond. Whether MacGillivray can go on to have the same type of prep career Gutierrez enjoyed remains to be seen. But the 10th grader certainly believes he can get the job done.
"A lot of (responsibility) is going to be put on my shoulders," MacGillivray said. "But I’ve got to trust everyone else, and I do."
Spartans coach Bob Ladouceur said he wouldn’t drastically alter the offensive game plan for the Mitty game to fit MacGillivray, who is more of a drop-back passer than Jandegian. In last Friday’s 61-13 win over Serra-San Mateo, MacGillivray completed 4 of 6 passes for 81 yards.
Regardless, De La Salle is going against a Monarchs defense that has only allowed 20 points in three games. “(MacGillivray) may give us another option as far as throwing goes. He throws better than Jandegian now, so it may give us more of a balanced look,” Ladouceur said. “He’s not as good running the option, but he’s a better thrower.”
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