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St. Francis junior quarterback Josh Perry started football as soon as he could.
“First grade – when your helmet was bigger than your body,” Perry said.
Those early moments helped propel Perry to where he is now: a rising quarterback in the West Catholic Athletic League.
His freshman season really accelerated the process even more. His brother, Jack Perry, who is now a quarterback at the University of Cincinnati, tore his ACL during his senior season in 2018 during the Lancers’ run to an 11-3 record and a CCS crown – which was also Josh Perry’s first year at St. Francis.
Right then and there, Josh Perry made a vow to himself.
“I kind of realized that I was just going to dedicate all of my hard work like he had in the sport,” Josh Perry said. “And that’s when I really, really fell in love with football.”
Jack Perry is everything to his younger brother. His work ethic. His leadership. His talent.
All of it strikes Josh Perry in a crucial way, leading him to work to be just like the one who showed him the way.
“He’s my idol,” Josh Perry said. “He’s my best friend. I see how much he puts in, and I just want to add to that.”
And that work ethic has more than carried over to Josh Perry, whose offseason has him gearing up for his final two campaigns as a St. Francis Lancer – a program that has won 11-plus games in two of the past three seasons, two Central Coast Section titles and one CIF state title during that span.
Josh Perry said both his speed and muscle weight have increased – including his work with Stephen Amoako and the crew at Deliberate Training.
“I’m able to put up way more numbers now and being pretty dedicated now working out at least once or twice a day, either if it’s on the field or in the weight room,” Josh Perry said. “With speed wise getting out here with these guys, real good coaches, professionals.”
With all of the time Josh Perry is spending to perfect his craft, he is ready to add to St. Francis legacy as one of the elite football programs in Northern California.
A CCS championship. A regional championship. A state championship. Whatever the banner is, Josh Perry wants it.
And also earning an opportunity to play at the next level – a la Jack Perry’s trek to playing for one of the top Group of Five college football schools in the country at Cincinnati, which has won a combined 22 games over the past two seasons.
“Amazing,” Josh Perry said. “First, my parents have sacrificed so much, so that was probably the biggest thing for me is like proving to them that this will all be worth it.”
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