Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Nate Weitzer Globe Correspondent September 14, 2018 The lights were not too bright for Jalen Echevarria last Friday night when the St. Mary’s football team hosted defending Division 8 state champion Millis.A two-time Globe All-Scholastic on the basketball court, Echevarria opened the game with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The 5-foot-8-inch senior added touchdowns of 8 and 60 yards, finishing his night with 112 yards on 10 rushes in a 30-12 victory.It was his first live action on the gridiron since eighth grade. Advertisement The previous two falls, Echevarria ran cross-country at St. Mary’s. But as a senior, he decided to take a shot at football, and his skills certainly transferred. Get Varsity News in your inbox: Your weekly look at the top high school sports stories. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here While many advocate for young athletes to specialize, and focus on one sport, St. Mary’s boys’ basketball coach David Brown convinced Echevarria, his star point guard, to don football pads as a senior.“Coach [Brown] thought [football] would help build toughness and… Read full this story
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