The safest offensive play in football is a run.
The quarterback calls Hike! Set! Go! or whatever the team’s preference, turns around and hands the ball off to the running back.
When the quarterback drops back to pass, so many more things can go askew.
And that’s exactly why the man leading the huddle is so important – and why teams have taken this much time to decide their starters.
Only Sussex Tech came into preseason knowing its starting QB.
Senior Justin Hill has been a starter since midway through his sophomore year. A career record of 29-3, which includes freshman and JV, made him the easy choice under center for head coach Mark Quillin.
“It really was a great benefit,” Quillin said. “Not only did we not have to worry about that, but the way he handles the huddle, the way he handles the offense, his leadership as far as being a great example is a blessing.”
Looking at any NFL or college team, Quillin said the guy who can handle the huddle and drive the team has the advantage. And Quillin believes Hill is that guy.
“We’re no different as a high school program,” he said. “We want that guy to be a leader.”
After an 8-2 season with plenty of seniors, quarterback was not the only position to fill for Cape Henlopen.
Tavon Scott graduated, opening the door for younger QBs to take over the Vikings’ run-first offense.
After the Milford scrimmage on Thursday, Sept. 3, head coach Bill Collick said Dillon Adams would be the starter for the Vikings’ first game against Cape May High School in New Jersey on Sept. 12.
“He simply has kind of moved ahead of those guys (Hank Coveleski and Nolan Brown),” Collick said. “We tell people every day, we’re such an inexperienced team that you need to come to practice and work every day.”
Adams was the JV starting quarterback last season and Brown the freshman starter. Coveleski was on varsity behind Scott and John Duckworth.
“Dillon has been a little more, what we call target specific, as a relation to finding receivers and consistently doing that,” Collick said.
As for Sussex Central and Indian River, no decision has been made.
Chase Wells took first-team snaps for the Golden Knights on Thursday against Sallies, and Brady Bowden also played with the first team. Both looked equal, with Wells completing a long third-down pass and Bowden tossing a touchdown to an open receiver downfield.
“We’re going to meet tonight (Thursday) and watch film and talk about depth on both sides, because both of them play a little bit of defense,” head coach John Wells said.
Since both play on defense, it’s a matter of making the team better on both sides of the ball.
Wells gives Chase Wells a little advantage in speed, but Bowden gets the tip of the hat in passing because of his 6-foot-3 frame.
“I can name either one of them and be completely content with either one of them,” John Wells said.
Indian River head coach Phillip Townsend wasn’t too pleased with his team’s performance against St. George’s Tech on Thursday. And making the decision between sophomore Brandon Hoffman and senior Jacob Hudson is no easier.
Hoffman started but threw an interception, and Townsend said both looked a little sluggish.
Hudson is more confident but has a tendency to make throwing mistakes instead of taking a sack. As does Hoffman, whose inexperience shows as an athletic sophomore.
“It’s a toss up right now,” Townsend said.
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