Tyler Flynn watched as a freshman three years ago as Holy Spirit High School seniors such as current Villanova University standout Joe Sarnese led the Spartans to a 12-0 record and a state championship.
Now that Flynn is a senior he and his classmates want to make history repeat itself.
"That would be a dream come true," Flynn said.
The Spartans are off to a good start. They are 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in The Press Elite 11. Spirit hosts Absegami (2-2) at 7 p.m. today.
Spirit also won state titles in 2011 and 2012, but the Spartans didn't finish undefeated those seasons.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Flynn plays strong safety and wide receiver. The Margate resident has started since he was a sophomore. Flynn is aware his high school career is coming to an end. He hopes to play in college.
"The seniors always talk about (the end)," Flynn said. "We say, 'Wow, this is the last time we'll play Hammonton. It's the last time we're going to play St. Joe.' It's not going to hit us until it's all over."
Flynn is a big part of a Spirit defense that has shut out two of its three opponents. He made seven tackles in a 41-0 win over Mainland Regional last Friday. Flynn also intercepted a pass in a season-opening 30-0 win over Hammonton on Sept. 13.
In a telephone interview Wednesday, Flynn spoke about a number of topics, including what it's like to play wide receiver in Spirit's oriented triple-option offense.
On why he started playing football: I just like hitting and having fun. I'm not the biggest guy, but I never shied away from contact. I always just went into (the pile).
On how important the Holy Spirit football team is to the school: It's a big part of the school. I think it holds the school together. A lot of people go to the games.
On the Holy Spirit defense: We just stay in our gaps. We don't want to make plays for ourselves. During the week, we have a whole day (devoted) to defense and we take a lot of pride in it.
On the pressure of being No. 1 in The Press Elite 11: We go into every game (knowing) that a team could beat us and that would make their season. They beat Holy Spirit. They took the top team down. The pressure is on us, but we try not to let that get to our heads.
On playing wide receiver in Holy Spirit's run-oriented offense: We block a lot, but I like it. When we score a touchdown, I know I'm the guy who makes the outside block. That's usually a big block, and they give us the ball sometimes too and that's cool.
On his summer job: I'm a lifeguard for Atlantic City. It's pretty cool. I like helping people out. There were a lot of rescues last year. I probably had about 25. People get caught in rip currents. I worked on Chelsea Avenue. There was a hole (a few yards offshore) and kids on boogie boards would get caught and wouldn't be able to touch the bottom. We'd have to take the boat out there to get them.