Lining up at right end, his black helmet and orange face mask camouflaged by the surrounding foliage at Milton Academy, Peter Graves burst through a gap in the line and put a bear hug on the quarterback, his own teammate.
As inside linebacker Matt Morin noted, an opposing QB would not have been as fortunate in a real game.
“We can’t let him do that here [in practice],” said Morin last week.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Graves has emerged as a leader of a defensive unit that has played a pivotal role in a 5-0 start at Milton, which faces fellow unbeaten Governor’s Academy Saturday afternoon. In the last three games, in Independent School League wins over Lawrence Academy (38-20), Roxbury Latin (33-14), and St. Paul’s (51-2), the senior from Belmont has registered eight sacks, a blocked punt, and forced a fumble. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.