The apple doesn't fall far from the familial tree in the Flutie clan. More than 20 years after Doug Flutie was torching suburban Boston high school fields as the starting quarterback for Natick High (Natick, Ma.), his nephew Troy Flutie is doing the same thing.
As reported by the MetroWest Daily News and a handful of other outlets, Flutie has scored 10 touchdowns in the past two games, tearing apart Wellesley High (Wellesley, Ma.) and two other local foes. He has totaled 14 touchdowns in three games, 13 through the air, including five in a single half of action in Natick's second win of the season, against Acton-Boxborough (Acton, Ma.).
In short, he's channeling his uncle and leaving local defenses in the dust.
Prep Rally and others had seen this coming ... to a degree. Still, that Flutie would emerge this dominant early in his senior season speaks to just how much he has risen to the occasion.
Like Doug Flutie, Troy is proving to be a legitimate dual threat. Against Wellesley, Flutie passed for 237 yards and ran for another 166. Over the course of the three-game season he has thrown for 807 yards, completing 55 of his 80 attempts. He's run for 269 yards on 33 carries. He's a one-man wrecking crew.
"I was just trying to take what they gave us," Flutie told MetroWest Daily News of his performance against Wellesley. "And they were giving the quarterback run, I was scrambling around. My receivers did a great job blocking, and the line did a great job blocking."
For now, the youngest Flutie is slated to play as a wide receiver at Boston College, the school where his uncle earned a Heisman Trophy. If he keeps his current pace, BC might want to consider giving him a run behind center.
After all, it worked out well the last time the Eagles handed the keys to the offense to a Flutie.