Blessed Trinity Catholic (Roswell, GA) has captured three straight state championships. Ty Furnish, who announced his commitment to the University of Virginia one week ago, has played a significant role on each of the past two.
The 6’4” Furnish ascended to the Titans varsity football squad as a sophomore in 2018, beating out upperclassmen to earn a starting role on the offensive line despite playing at around 215 pounds. He started 15 games on a dominant Blessed Trinity squad that enjoyed a perfect season and won 13 of the 15 games by double-digits. Playing at around 250 pounds, Furnish started all 15 games on the offensive line this past season as a junior, helping the Titans to a 14-1 record and a third straight state title.
“Ty was a big part of that,” Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin said, referring to his team’s somewhat surprising title run in 2019. “We had lost to graduation a group that was unlike any other group. We had a running back sign at Ohio State (Steele Chambers), a linebacker at Notre Dame (JD Bertrand), and three other Division 1 guys. We had four offensive linemen coming back and that wound up being a big thing for us.”
McFarlin likes to have his offensive linemen play only on the offensive line. However, entering last year’s playoffs, he needed to expand Furnish’s role. The future Hoo responded.
“Depth was an issue for us going into the playoffs, so I asked him to play some on the defensive side,” McFarlin recalled. “He went over to the defensive side. I watched him and thought – and I told this to the Virginia staff – that may be it for him. He’s quick, coordinated, and he has great hands and feet. He has the attributes to play on the defensive line. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him play there on the next level.”
Furnish’s stint on the defensive line earned accolades from GPB, which named him to its 2019...
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