Week 7: Norwalk (3-2) at Staples (4-1), Friday, 7 p.m.
NORWALK — Sean Ireland is glad he coaches Kyle Gordon.
In fact, the eighth-year Norwalk High head football coach feels sorry for any defensive coordinators who have to game plan a way to slow down his junior quarterback.
Be it by land or by air, the multi-faceted, dual-threat Gordon has proved in his two seasons as the Bears starting quarterback that he can hurt you.
The only question left to answer about the 5-foot-9, 150-pound signal-caller is this: Is he a throwing quarterback who can also run? Or is he a running quarterback who can also throw?
“I feel like my strength is on the ground, so running the ball,” Gordon said. “But I do know it’s important to have both aspects of it, too. Having the ability to do both helps me a lot. I’ll do whatever it takes to help the team.”
In five games this season, Gordon is 41 for 96 for 755 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown only two interceptions.
On the ground, though, he is Norwalk’s leading rusher with 455 yards and two scores.
“I think he’s a running quarterback who can also throw,” Ireland said. “He can definitely sling the ball, but he’s as dangerous as he is because of his legs.”
Norwalk is taking a 3-2 record into this week’s road contest at Staples.
First-year Wreckers coach Phil Treglia is getting a lot of looks at Gordon via game tape this week and he knows his defense will have its work cut out for it.
“I think he’s having a great year,” Treglia said. “He’s a dual-threat quarterback, which gives any defense a challenge. He’s got a lot of heart, he runs really tough and he’s got some speed to him, as well. He presents a lot of challenges.”
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Gordon started his football career as a wide receiver in the Norwalk Junior Packers football program.
As a seventh-grader, he was put under center and slowly grew to embrace the position.
“I liked playing receiver, but I ended up in the quarterback spot,” Gordon said. “I started slow but ended up doing all right.”
Two years ago, Gordon replaced school record-breaking quarterback Krishtjan Frrokaj at the position and gave Norwalk a new look.
“He’s the most athletic and toughest one we’ve had,” Ireland said. “Krishtjan was our best passing quarterback, but as far as being an athlete and a threat at the position, Kyle tops the list.”
“He’s a special kid,” added Norwalk quarterbacks coach Ryan Mitchell. “He’s just done an unbelievable job for us.”
Gordon made his fair share of sophomore mistakes, but Ireland said he has improved to the point where he only makes the same mistake once before fixing it.
“I just have a great team behind me, a great coaching staff,” Gordon said. “I knew coming into my sophomore year I’d have to learn a lot and I did. I’m still learning.”
He’s stepped up as a leader, becoming a captain this season as a junior.
“I’m more of a quiet, lead-by-example type of player, so the hardest part of being quarterback for me is being verbal,” Gordon said.
Ireland said Gordon leads the team all over the field — from the weight room (he won his weight class during the team’s weight-lifting competition) to the locker room.
So what does Gordon have to work on?
“His height,” Ireland quipped. “He’s definitely got to work on his height.”
Gordon is hoping to take Norwalk to new heights, and the teams that are out to stop them know it’s not going to be easy.
“I wouldn’t want to coach against him,” Ireland said. “You don’t want to prepare for a kid like that. It’s hard to prepare for a kid like Kyle Gordon.”