Before the Falmouth High School football team took the field on Thanksgiving against the Barnstable Red Raiders Kyle Connolly had already done enough to earn himself a spot in the Falmouth High School Hall of Fame based just on his football games against the school’s biggest rival. As a sophomore he ran for three touchdowns and 259 yards in a win against BHS. As a junior he went for 303 yards, plus another three TDs.
The starting quarterback for the past three years has been as dependable as they come. Despite being banged up at times this year, Connolly has led the team in scoring and rushing. He will not be easy to replace next year when coach Derek Almeida is putting together the 2020 lineup.
The son of Sarah and Jeff Connolly said his most-prized possessions are his Pop Warner trophies, because that’s when he developed the love for his favorite game, which he intends to keep playing in college. In school his favorite subject is math.
The two-time Atlantic Coast League all-star, who will undoubtedly be named to the first-ever All-Cape and Islands team this year, said his favorite movie is “Red Dawn” and “Family Guy” is his favorite TV show. His go-to meal is steak and mashed potatoes.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it?
Growing up as a kid, I wanted to be how my dad was, I wanted to do everything he did with sports. My mom would tell me how he played football; so from that point I was determined I was going to play football, and every Sunday my family would get together and watch all the football games together, so while watching those games it started to spark more interest for me. I enjoy this sport a whole lot. Football is a place where I can let my emotions out, and it has brought out characteristics in me that I didn’t know were there.
You run a triple option offense at FHS. Explain what the options are that you have to choose from, and what factors into the decision-making process?
Running the Triple Option offense is truly challenging. On certain plays that we run I have to read up to two players at a time, and make a quick decision off reading them. The three options that I can make is either hand the ball off to our fullback, pitch the ball to our running backs, or keep it myself and run. This offense teaches you discipline, and if you are not disciplined, you will make mistakes and the offense will not be able to work the proper way.
You’ve expressed a desire to play football in college. How do you feel about transitioning from playing quarterback to running back? If you are required to make that move, will you miss being a QB?
I personally feel like the move from QB to RB won’t be too hard at all because our offense is about running first, instead of throwing. I might miss playing QB because I can determine what happens on the plays with all of the options we run.
FHS moved from Fuller Field to the new All-Purpose Field this year. Do you prefer the new field or the old one? Why?
I personally liked having the new field, and being the first football team to be able to play on it, but the transition from switching was weird. I was used to taking the bus from the high school to Fuller Field and playing and practicing on that field for my whole life.
Thanksgiving represents your final high school football game. What does that mean to you?
This Thursday means the world to me. It’s my final football game for me as a Falmouth High student and it’s weird for me to think that after this Thursday, it’s all over for me, and it’s gonna take time to get used to it.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I would believe the scouting report would that I’m a very strong runner, who isn’t very easy to take down and who will fight for extra yards when given the opportunity.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
The one game I would replay would be Thanksgiving last year. I would replay that game because it was one of my best games ever, and it was my last time playing with my group of friends who I grew up with, and grew up playing football with.
What do you consider highlight of your career so far?
I would consider my junior year game against Barnstable to be my highlight of my career. It was by far the best game I’ve ever personally played, and the one game of the season I’ve always looked forward to playing.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I honestly can’t say I’ve had a certain teammate stand out to me, only because this sport isn’t about one person; but I can say that my offensive line from my junior season will be a group of people that stand out to me the most.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
My one major superstition that I have is staying at the school before the game, or going to the field right away. I always go on the field and go over fundamentals.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important lessons I have learned from playing sports is being able to take responsibility for mistakes that I have made in-game, and off the field. It has helped me become a better leader and listener for when people come to me for advice, or just come to me with any problems that they have.
Who has been your inspiration?
What inspires me to play the way that I do is because of my family. My family has and will be my biggest supporters in my life with anything I will and have done. They always have been by my side and made me want to play harder every week.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would want to thank everyone who has supported me through everything, I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish anything if people weren’t there for me to help me develop as player or as a person.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
I haven’t gone anywhere very interesting, I’ve stayed in the country, but if there was a place I’d like to go to it would be Ireland because I have an Irish background and have heard that Ireland is a beautiful place, and it would be very nice to be there and experience a week there.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
Some advice that I would give my freshman self would be to stay focused on the game, and get into the weight room more than I have with the program.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
The one thing that people never really knew about me was that in 5th grade I picked choir and I stayed in choir up until my junior year in school, when I decided to drop it because I wasn’t able to stay committed to it.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch roles with anyone it would be Marshawn Lynch, because of the way he played played football and I modeled my game after him. I would do his workouts, and go out and see how it feels to be able to whatever you want and have fun.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be a nice sunny day during the summer where I could be relaxing at the beach with all my friends, having a good time and tossing a football around and making more memories.
What are your post high school plans?
My post high school plans are to attend college and play football for the college I attend, and to have the best college experience I can get from it and meet new people and get a taste of adulthood.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years I hopefully would like to have a job in the same field that my major is. I want to be financially stable, living in a nice house with a couple of friends, doing everything with each other.