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Amador Valley’s O’Sullivan works towards strong senior season

Brendan O’Sullivan practices at Amador Valley on March 9, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
Brendan O’Sullivan practices at Amador Valley on March 9, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Amador Valley multi-sport athlete Brendan O’Sullivan was always meant for where he is now.

O’Sullivan, a senior quarterback on the football team and a middle infielder on the baseball roster, grew up around sports. He started playing wiffle ball when he was a 1-year-old. Football came around when he was in sixth grade. 

“Since I was a little kid I think I’ve always been pretty good, and I’ve always wanted to play sports, so I think from then and the hard work I’ve put in I think I knew then,” O’Sullivan said.

And, as a Don, he’s seen success from those before him, and he’s eager to get a senior campaign of his own, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at Livermore in a meeting of top 25 Bay Area teams – Amador Valley is No. 18 and Livermore is No. 24.

While completing 2 of 2 throws for 27 yards as a junior, O’Sullivan was the backup to a star signal-caller in Kannon Dote, who tossed for 2,256 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the Dons to an 8-2 regular season and an East Bay Athletic League Valley Division title.

Dote currently is a quarterback at Linfield College, a Division III school in Oregon.

“Very excited,” O’Sullivan said. “I’m looking forward to it. We’re getting five games. That’s enough. We get to play, so I think it’s going to be good, good to get back on the field with the boys.”

He’s prepared as much as he can as the new leader of Amador Valley’s offense over the past 16 months.

O’Sullivan said he really hit the weight room, adding 20 pounds to his frame and now sitting at 200 pounds. Plus, he’s worked on his quarterback mechanics to make more throws.

“The offseason has been good,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ve been grinding for what? A year now I think, so I’ve just been working on my footwork and completing the easy throws. That’s the biggest thing.”

With his first varsity start just a couple days away, O’Sullivan is ready to carry the torch and tradition of Dons football into another banner year.

“Individual goals would just be don’t make stupid mistakes and make sure that I do everything I’m supposed to do,” O’Sullivan said. “Team goals, I think, are 5-0. I think we’re very capable of it. As long as we take it one game at a time I think we can do that.”

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