Photo by Bill Roseberry
Granite City senior Ron Allen (left) takes a hand-off from senior quarterback Gabe Jarman on Oct. 19 at Public School Stadium in Alton. They’re also members of the school’s homecoming court this year.
So far, Gabe Jarman is having a busy senior year.
He’s not only the Granite City Warriors’ starting quarterback, he’s the student council president after being vice-president last year, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, president of the Madison County youth board and a member of GCHS’s Varsity Club.
“It’s definitely a lot of jumping around, but I take it one day at a time and one activity at a time and keep rolling through,” Jarman said.
Several weeks ago, Jarman received a big honor. He was selected as one of 18 members on the GCHS homecoming court.
“It’s an honor to be nominated by our peers and all of the other people who are the same age as us,” Jarman said. “I think it’s cool knowing that we were looked up by all of them and they looked up to us. It’s pretty exciting.”
Two other football players — seniors Ron Allen and Nick Zambito — are also on this year’s homecoming court. The announcement for homecoming king will be made during the coronation Thursday at GCHS.
Zambito, an offensive lineman, said he was thrilled to be selected on the homecoming court in his senior year.
“It’s definitely a privilege because my name isn’t one of the first few,” he said. “It did take a lot for the senior class to find my name and mark me down and add me on there. That’s really great. It’s a good privilege to be on there.”
Jarman, Allen and Zambito will look to help the Warriors celebrate a homecoming victory over the Belleville West Maroons on Friday. Granite City will take a 2-5 record into its game with the Maroons.
Belleville West is 3-4 after losing to Edwardsville 27-6 last week in its final home game. The Maroons wrap up their regular season with back-to-back road games against Granite City and Alton and wins over both teams could clinch them a playoff spot.
A year ago, Belleville West cruised to a 41-0 win over the Warriors in the conference opener for both teams. The Maroons went on to finish 7-4 after qualifying for the state playoffs.
This year, Belleville West lost 10 all-Southwestern Conference performers to graduation, but returns its top wide receiver in senior Teantez Anthony. Anthony, who earned second-team all-league honors at wide receiver last fall, has 27 receptions with 458 yards and four touchdowns.
The Maroons are 3-2 in Southwestern Conference play. They lost their last two games after getting off to a 3-0 start.
Granite City is 0-5 in league play after losing to Alton 42-14 on Friday. The Warriors wrap up their season next week with a home game against Edwardsville.
Jarman, Allen and Zambito have been among the Warriors’ top offensive performers this season.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Jarman threw for 671 yards on 59 completions and rushed for a team-high 442 yards on 100 carries and four touchdowns. Allen rushed for 395 yards on 75 carries with three touchdowns. The 6-foot-tall, 200-pound Zambito is part of an offensive line that helped the Warriors gain more than 1,100 yards as a team this year.
Jarman, who plays baseball in the spring, has been the Warriors’ quarterback since his sophomore year. That year, he threw for 1,303 yards on 99 completions with 10 touchdowns. Jarman threw for 915 yards on 71 completions with nine touchdowns as a junior.
The 6-foot-3, 175-pound Allen, who plays basketball in the winter, has also played varsity since he was a sophomore. He rushed for 56 yards on 18 carries in his sophomore year and finished with 74 yards on seven receptions with three touchdowns in his junior season.