Danny Stutsman, a sophomore for the Foundation Academy football team who is from Windermere, helped make the Lions first game on their new on-campus field a memorable when he caught a game-winning touchdown pass from teammate Henry Austad with three seconds left in the game Aug. 31. The catch and extra point gave the Lions (3-0) a 20-13 win over Kingdom Prep. On the season so far, Stutsman has 10 receptions for 202 yards and five touchdowns.
Tell us about catching the game-winning touchdown with three seconds left against Kingdom Prep.
I told my coach that the whole time, I was blowing by that cornerback. I knew if Henry (Austad) could get it there, I’d come up with the catch. … When I was in the air, it was real slow — I knew I had catch it. I caught it, and I couldn’t believe I caught it. It was a crazy experience — good energy.
What was it like to be recognized by the Orlando Touchdown Club?
It was a great experience. To be around people who just love football — it was great.
Which position do you enjoy the most: linebacker or wide receiver?
Definitely linebacker — my No. 1 choice is linebacker. They told me, “We need you on offense,” and I was like, “OK, I’ll help out.” But it’s definitely linebacker all the way.
Your mom, dad and older sister all played or are playing sports in college. What’s it like being in a family with so many competitive athletes?
It’s tough, because my sister just got a national championship ring with Florida State softball. So I feel like I’ve got to win something this year, just so I can say I brought something to the table.
Your dad, Steve Stutsman, played college football at Baylor. What’s the best advice he’s given you about the game?
He’s told me that if you have a drop or a bad play, just forget about it. Have a short-term memory and just get the next one.
What’s your favorite subject in school?
I love history and math. History, I love learning about the old wars back at the beginning of the United States and stuff like that. … In math, I have a good teacher — Mrs. (Shirley) McLaughlin. She explains it well, and I just love her.
What do you like to do on a rain Saturday afternoon?
I watch a lot of Netflix. I like “The Office.” Dwight is definitely my favorite character — he’s hilarious.
What’s your go-to meal after practice or a game?
Definitely Panda Express. I order a big bowl of orange chicken by itself.
Who is your funniest teammate?
Definitely our running back, Tanner Hammond. He’ll always make a joke and make you laugh.
What do you enjoy the most about attending Foundation Academy?
I definitely love the teachers. It’s smaller classes, and they’re involved with the students.