ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.- When one player graduates, it’s the opportunity for someone new to step up. That’s now the quarterback situation for Glen Graham and Cleveland Hill. 2012’s starting quarterback, Jacob Radlich is gone and now the Eagles are between two guys for that starting role.
Right now, Coach Graham gives the edge to his offense over his defense. But only time and the quarterback decision will tell if he was correct. “I would like to say that we’re pretty solid both ways but I would say I think right now we might be a little ahead of the game offensively. It depends on who wins our quarterback battle. We’ve got a senior in Aaron Jackson and a junior in Anthony Sullivan who are competing there. They’re both athletic and dynamic guys but we believe in balance. We want to be good on offense, defense and in the kick game and see what we can do against different opponents and their strengths,” Coach Graham told Two on Your Side’s Jonah Javad at the Lions Ad-Pro All Star Game.
These two quarterbacks bring something different to the team than Radlich did last season. “It’s shaking up pretty well. We still have a lot of work to do to determine who the starter is going to be. We had a great quarterbacking last year out of Jacob Radlich but the two guys we got this year they’re a little bit more dynamic. They’re more along the lines of what we had a couple years ago with Daryl Spencer in terms of running the ball. They can take it to the house if given the opportunity,” Coach Graham said.
As far as other players to watch out for, the Eagles have some key players from 2012 coming back that are expected to make an impact this year. “We feel that we’ve got a good combination of youth and experience coming back. We’ve got three kids who made second or third team all state in Class C last year. A 1200 yard running back in Brandon Thomas, a 100 tackler in Josh White and we’ve got some solid kids up front. We need to work on depth and we need to determine who our quarterback is going to be this year,” said Coach Graham.
Coach Graham explains why those players are crucial to his team in many different ways. “They’re extremely important not only for what they bring in terms of their athleticism and what they have as football players but we’re getting great leadership out of those guys in this off season as well. We’ve really been blessed the last two seasons to have some outstanding senior leadership and I’m hoping we’re on that path this year,” Coach Graham points out.
Just like many other schools around Western New York, Cleveland Hill will face some new teams thanks to the league change ups. “It’s going to be an interesting schedule particularly with Lackawanna coming to our league for the first time and Tonawanda as well, those two B schools. I think it’s going to help us remain competitive and be on a sharp edge. Being the defending sectional champ, everyone’s going to come after us anyway so we’re going to get everyone’s best game, there’s no question,” said Coach Graham.
Cleveland Hill opens the 2013 at home against Maryvale on September 7th.