The last time we saw Chance Lovertich on a high school football field, he was busy being fitted for his third state championship ring as the starting quarterback at Jackson Prep. Seasons with 32 touchdowns and only three interceptions often end that way.
The career numbers are even more impressive. Chance threw 72 touchdowns over his three seasons as a Patriot. That is topped by an incredibly low total of six career interceptions.
So where do 72 touchdowns passes get you? They got Chance to Gulf Coast Community College where he just wrapped up an exceptional freshman season.
“I chose Gulf Coast because I took a visit down here and I loved the facilities and the school,” said Lovertich. “I love football and getting to play on a collegiate level has been a dream come true. The hardest adjustment was just playing faster and making decisions quicker than high school.”
Incredibly efficient on the high school level, Chance definitely played faster this year and was equally efficient as he finished second in the nation with a 184.1 passing efficiency rating. He threw for 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 7-2 record. He completed 92-130 passes (70.8%) for 1,299 yards.
“I’m confident in my abilities,” said Lovertich. I knew if I prepared well and worked hard that we had a good chance of throwing the ball successfully this year. I had a really good group of receivers and offensive line. I just needed to get the ball in the receivers’ hands.”
Standing only 5’11 and 182 pounds, Chance wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and took the junior college route. Doubts that his size would prevent him from college success were quickly dispelled with each successful performance.
“I’m not real sure if it was the size,” said Lovertich. “I think it had something to do with it. I don’t let that get to me. I just go out there and compete. It doesn’t take size to compete.”
As an academic qualifier out of high school, Chance can accept a scholarship to a four-year school or play his sophomore year at Gulf Coast.
“I’m not sure yet,” said Lovertich. “I’m taking it day by day and seeing what options are open to me.”
Regardless where he ends up next year, Gulf Coast has been a smart decision for Chance.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Gulf Coast,” said Lovertich. “I’ve made friendships with dudes that I will have for the rest of my life.”