Jamir Prevard comes from a football family.

The 15-year-old sophomore has shown promise as the Atlantic City High School quarterback this season, completing 26-of-43 passes for 408 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings split their first two games. The 6-foot-1, 168-pounder can also run for big plays. He's rushed 19 times for 74 yards.

Atlantic City head coach Thomas Kelly is Jamir's uncle.

"I've been playing football since basically I was born," Jamir said. "My dad (Jaleel) and my uncles picked football up and they've been passing it down."

Prevard made his first varsity start in a 20-6 loss to Millville on Sept. 13. The Vikings bounced back to beat Egg Harbor Township 41-12 on Sept. 20.

Atlantic City (1-1) plays at Oakcrest (0-3) at 7 p.m. today. Tonight is the third of four straight road games the Vikings must play to start the season. Atlantic City is installing an artificial grass field, and it will not be ready until Oct. 18.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Prevard discussed what he likes about the quarterback position.

On playing for his uncle: It's tough at times. The coaches are always on me, making sure I'm doing the right thing. They never let me slip.

On how he became quarterback: I was always the quarterback since I first started playing football (for the Atlantic City Dolphins). I picked up a ball and threw it at practice. My coach came to me and said, 'You want to play quarterback?' I said, 'Why not?'

On what he likes about the quarterback position: I get to control the game. All eyes are on me. People look to me for courage and character. You get to make people better.

On playing varsity football as a 168-pound sophomore: Once I get that first hit, I'm warmed up.

On his first varsity start: I had big nerves for the game. I was amped up and scared to make mistakes.

On how he feels now before games: I feel like I'm going to come through like a senior quarterback.

On playing the first four games on the road: We're itching to play at home, but playing on the road isn't that tough. We like to go into people's homes (and try to win).

On his favorite quarterback: Drew Brees. We're about the same size. He runs his team well.

Michael McGarry

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