KENMORE — Kenmore West junior Adam Fron doesn’t shy away from the critical responsibility of leadership that comes with being the Blue Devils’ starting quarterback.
In fact, he thrives on it.
With all of three career varsity contests under his belt, Fron has already cemented himself into position as the conductor of West’s offensive orchestra.
“You’ve really got to lead by example — that’s like a requirement for the position,” Fron said. “Sometimes it’s hard to keep your head up, especially when things aren’t going your way on the scoreboard – but you’ve got to keep your head up, and make sure everyone else does, too.”
Making the jump from junior varsity to starting varsity quarterack would be hard enough – but the Blue Devils have set some lofty standards in recent years, winning the Section VI Class AA-North crown in each of the last two seasons and making the playoffs in four of the last five campaigns.
But Fron has been unfazed by the expectations, according to veteran head coach Rich Harris.
“He’s really embraced the leadership role,” Harris said. “As the quarterback of a team, you have to be a leader — you have to be that person that everyone else
can count on to move the offense. You’ve got to make things happen out there, and calm people down after mistakes. You just have to be the guy.”
Fron has some big shoes to fill, replacing graduated All-WNY signal caller Marcus Lobdell — who was a big part of the team’s success.
Fron was probably the front-runner in the competition to land the starting gig this season, but the job wasn’t handed to him. He had to earn it.
“They’re used to success here, and we want to build on that,” Fron said. “We have high expectations.”