Home-school QB eyes future
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
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Quarterback Hamilton Armour had some impressive statistics in 2013, but playing for a home-school team puts him at a disadvantage with recruiting.
<br>Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
Quarterback Hamilton Armour had some impressive statistics in 2013, but playing for a home-school team puts him at a disadvantage with recruiting.
Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter
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Like most young football players, quarterback Hamilton Armour dreams of playing in college.

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, the rising high school senior is a good fit at the position. He isn’t overly quick, with his 40-yard dash time hovering around 5 seconds, but he describes himself as a pocket passer.

“The Brett Favre type,” he said.

Like most prep players, Armour has a profile on hudl.com, which he uses to promote himself in the hope of drawing attention from college programs.

“I know that is one way to get myself out there,” Armour said.

What makes the road even more challenging is that Armour doesn’t play for a traditional program.

He’s the quarterback for King’s Academy. A Woodstock-based football team for home-schooled players, King’s Academy plays its home games across the Cobb County line at Kell High School and practices at Town Center Community Church in east Cobb.

Last season, Armour and his teammates — under the Crown Athletics banner — were among the top home-school football teams in the nation. Coached by Chip Buhler, the team advanced to the Glory for Christ league finals, and Armour was named to the GFC All-Star team after the team finished the season 9-3.

Armour said he has always wanted to be a quarterback, even though he spent time playing at other positions. His father, Darin, is the offensive coordinator for the team, which allows the two of them to work together.

“Quarterback is a good fit for me,” Hamilton Armour said. “I like to be a leader.”

Still, he said it’s more than having a position of glory. Armour feels he has the tools to excel in the position, and that in turn makes his team better.

“It isn’t about me,” he said. “I’m using the gifts I have been given. It feels good to win, but I couldn’t do that without God and the people around me.”

The statistics from Armour’s junior season are impressive as he passed for 1,574 yards and 26 touchdowns. He completed 111 of 230 attempts and threw just 10 interceptions.

On two occasions, Armour completed four touchdown passes, and he threw for three touchdowns in another two games.

Not nearly as effective on the ground, Armour carried the ball just 11 times all season for 49 yards and one touchdown.

King’s Academy recently wrapped up spring practice and will take a few weeks off before getting back together for a few 7-on-7 events and summer practice, which begins July 23.

Armour hopes to attend a few camps this summer and get on the radar of even more college programs. He’s looking to follow the path set by former King’s Academy player Brandon Apon, who completed a four-year career at Liberty University, a Football Championship Subdivision program in Lynchburg, Va.

“It’s my goal to play in college, but that isn’t going to be easy,” Amour said. “Brandon Apon did it, but I don’t know any others from the program that have made it to college. I guess I could be the first quarterback.”
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