High School Sports

SCISA All-Area Football: Offense

Mac Whalen
Mac Whalen

Player of the year: Mac Whalen

School: Heathwood Hall

Class: Senior

Position: Quarterback

What he did: Rushed for 1,126 yards and 23 touchdowns and completed 174 passes for 2,317 yards and 15 touchdowns with 15 interceptions for state finalist Highlanders

You said in summer practice that you felt rusty. How do you go from that to playing in the state championship? "It took six games to get that first passing touchdown. I was just, I had to take some time to adjust, trust my offensive line. We were able to win games without the passing game, but it was a lot better once that part came around."

What was the highlight of the season? "That game at Hammond, that field goal at the end. I'll remember that forever."

What is the best thing about being a senior? "Having a half day every Friday is pretty awesome."

Who is your biggest inspiration? "Lance Armstrong is probably the tops in my book. To win seven tours and go through all he did."

Who taught you how to play football? "I think I kind of taught myself how to throw the football. My coaches have helped me get it right."

What do you like to do with your free time? "Free time?"



QB Mac Whalen, Heathwood Hall

2,317 yards, 15 TDs passing; 1,126, 23 TDs rushing

OL Kris Simmons, Hammond

Anchored a line that averaged 380 yards of offense per game

OL Merrell Grant, Ben Lippen

Shrine Bowl participant

OL Billy Solomon, Cardinal Newman

Graded out at 87 percent, 17 knockdown blocks

OL Belton Amaker, Heathwood Hall

Made seven sacks

OL Bosie Morris, Heathwood Hall

Graded out at 88 percent

RB BJ Bennett, Hammond

Rushed for 1,272 yards, 13 TDs on 200 carries

WR Aaron Walters, Hammond

64 catches for 1,217 yards, 19 TDs

WR Will Roseborough, Ben Lippen

30 catches for 540 yards, 3 TDs

WR Taylor Wilson, Ben Lippen

58 catches for 894 yards, 5 TDs

P/K Tuck Benefield, Ben Lippen

6-of-9 on field-goal attempts, 38-of-39 on extra points