Posted: 1:59 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
By Jason Lieser
For all the… well, discussion surrounding quarterback Eddie Sullivan’s transfer from Park Vista to Boca Raton this season, both sides are thriving after parting ways.
Sullivan, a junior, is one of the area’s leading passers (83 for 135, 1,163 yards, 19 touchdowns), and Boca Raton (5-1) is ranked No. 7 in the Post’s Top 10. Park Vista (6-0) is just one spot behind the Bobcats and boasts one of the county’s elite running games.
Sullivan admitted he was reluctant to embrace Cobras coach Brian Dodds’ offensive philosophy, and is enjoying himself much more in the Bobcats’ spread offense.
“I love the set-up here,” he said of Boca Raton. “The offense is centered around the quarterback. Basically, I’m the nucleus.”
“We work on a lot more 7-on-7, so I see a lot more coverages. I’ve matured so much because of that.”
Only two players in the area have thrown more passes than Sullivan’s 135. The Cobras, meanwhile, have run the ball 91 percent of the time.
Park Vista is particularly effective running the option, or “Veer” as the team calls it. This year’s starting quarterback, junior Billy Perez, has done a terrific job reading defenses on the option and is averaging nearly six yards per carry. He has six rushing touchdowns, and threw his first touchdown pass Friday in a 34-13 win over Olympic Heights.
Dodds thought Sullivan could be successful in that style of offense, too. Sullivan proved him right at times last season, but clearly it was not his preference.
“It was hard for me to convince Eddie to run Veer, but he did,” Dodds said. “Against Lake Worth, he won the game last year because he checked into an option play. We won the playoff game against Vero because he read the option perfectly and rolled out for the winning touchdown.
“Eddie was a kid who could throw and run, and I wanted to showcase him being able to do everything. But he wanted to pass the ball, which is fine.”
Dodds said he would be running the same offense this year even if Sullivan had remained with Park Vista. Sullivan called that style “frustrating” and felt it underutilized his throwing ability.
“I didn’t get much opportunity,” he said. “I have no hard feelings against Park Vista. It just wasn’t the offense for me.”
The Cobras do not appear to be holding a grudge against Sullivan either — publicly, at least — and have moved forward. Park Vista graduated 17 starters from last season and lost four would-be 2008 starters to transfer.
“I think they transferred because they saw kids moving in on them,” senior offensive lineman Andrew Schoenfeld said.
As far as recruiting is concerned, Sullivan said he has received interest from Clemson and Wisconsin, but nothing “serious” yet.