Jack McFarland is up for any challenge.
The multisport Boulder Creek athlete plays tight end in the fall, pitcher and outfield in the spring, and power forward and center in the winter, all while maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average. He doesn’t bat an eye at it.
“One thing I would want everyone to know about me is that I give 110% into everything I do,” McFarland said matter-of-factly.
He wants to ultimately bring a championship ring to Boulder Creek, but he also just wants to be the best player and person he can be.
“I want to be the best at everything I do, whether it’s football or school,” McFarland said. “I just want to be very successful.”
The senior has made it clear that he can accept any challenge, as, in the season opening loss to Highland, he ended the game with seven catches for 123 yards and scored two of Boulder Creek’s three touchdowns.
“There wasn’t really a specific game plan to feed me the ball,” McFarland said. “It just kind of worked out in my favor.”
Not every game has been as successful. A smart and skilled athlete, McFarland was crushed during a sophomore year game when he was running a route, and when the ball came his way, it went through his hands and hit him on the head.
Nevertheless, his Boulder Creek career has gone well. He received an offer from South Dakota Mines football and attended numerous college football camps, including those at Harvard, UNLV and Penn, where scouts and coaches had a good look at him. He was also invited to the Hawaii Tiki Bowl, a bowl game for the top high school prospects in the country that takes place in mid to late December.
The 6-foot-1-inch, 225-pound Boulder Creek tight end fell in love with flag football at age 5, and the obsession with the sport has continued. When he was younger, his teammates would call him “Little Gronk,” an ode to his favorite player and fellow tight end, Rob Gronkowski. As Gronkowski played for the New England Patriots, that was McFarland’s favorite team. But since Gronkowski has now become a Tampa Bay Buccaneer, he roots for the Bucs. But this has come with some backlash from his peers.
“They all call me a bandwagon fan, but I’m just a fan of Gronkowski, you know?” McFarland said enthusiastically. “I’m just a fan of the player.”
McFarland was instantly drawn to basketball because of the sport’s similar nature. His grandfather’s skills inspired him to shoot hoops. McFarland has also always loved baseball, as his father got him into the sport. He is attracted to the sport for mainly two reasons.
“I love being able to hit the ball and just striking kids out,” said McFarland, who would enjoy spending time in the Bahamas eating his favorite food: steak.
McFarland is looking forward to this season, as it is his last ride and he’s ready to give it all he has.
Catch McFarland in action at Millennium High School at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.