Education is Stockbridge QB’s primary target
Stockbridge, Mich. — You won’t see Mason Gee-Montgomery on the Big Ten Network or on ESPN3 Mid-American Conference telecasts in the future.
Sure, the quarterback is setting records at Division 5 Stockbridge, but he’s got another college plan in place.
Oh, and playing football in the Ivy League or at the Division III level.
“Mason’s a highly intelligent young man who doesn’t make a bad throw,” said Stockbridge coach Jeremy Killinger, in his 15th season. “We go up tempo and we go fast, and Mason does a really nice job of commanding the offense.
“Do I think he could play Division I or II? I do. ... He’s very concentrated on his education. Sure, he wants to play football at the next level because he loves the game of football, but no matter what he does it will be completely centered around his education first.”
But right now, Gee-Montgomery is having the time of his life slinging the ball all over the field.
At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, the senior showed his potential last year when he threw for 3,122 yards and 51 touchdowns, completing a state record 22 consecutive passes against Vermontville Maple Valley. He also tied a state record with seven touchdown passes in a half against Leslie.
“The records are unbelievable, it’s not even something that you could even dream about,” Gee-Montgomery said. “Like that 22-for-22 game, I threw a couple of bad balls, but got bailed out quite a few times by my receivers making great plays.”
Fast forward to this year, and Gee-Montgomery is at it again.
Last week against Leslie, he threw for 280 yards and eight touchdowns, setting the state record for career touchdown passes at 105 — in 24 games. He bettered the mark set by Ithaca’s Travis Smith from 2011-13 — in 42 games.
“It’s all about the personnel that we have around me because if I had a bunch of scrubs, no matter how good you are, you’re not going to be able to do anything,” Gee-Montgomery said. “I attribute all of my success to my teammates because if they didn’t catch the ball, if they don’t block, then none of it’s possible.”
One of those players is wide receiver Kolby Canfield, who has 30 receptions for 440 yards and eight touchdowns for Stockbridge (3-1).
“We have some incredible athletes on this team,” the 6-foot, 190-pound Canfield said. “Mason was an all-stater last year. He has great vision and is so aware of everything on the field. He has great accuracy and power. He’s a great student and is always trying to push people.”
Gee-Montgomery, who has completed 69.4 percent of his passes for 1,096 yards, 21 touchdowns and three interceptions, also owns a 4.0 grade-point-average.
He plans to major in business, visited Dartmouth and Columbia this summer, and plans on visiting Division III Oberlin this month.
“I’m a business guy so I want to get into some kind of entrepreneurship or finance,” Gee-Montgomery said.
But for now, his business is setting records on the football field.
And what makes his performance even more impressive is that Gee-Montgomery is ambidextrous — his right hand is his dominant hand, but he throws left-handed.
“I think I’m dominant right handed because I write right-handed and do most everything right-handed except throw,” Gee-Montgomery said. “I blame it on my Mom, and it’s not a bad thing, because when I was in T-ball I was throwing right handed right up until first or second and she got me the wrong glove one year and so I started throwing left-handed and since then it kind of stuck.
“My left hand is my dominant throwing hand, but I have thrown right-handed in 7-on-7 before.”
Piling ’em on
A look at Mason Gee-Montgomery’s statistics: