Countdown to Kickoff: Bartram Trail's Joey Gatewood ready for leadership role

Countdown to Kickoff: Bartram Trail's Joey Gatewood ready for leadership role

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Countdown to Kickoff: Bartram Trail's Joey Gatewood ready for leadership role

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As fall football practice begins for Bartram Trail, the Bears are hoping 2015 will see a return to the playoffs after missing them for the first time in six years in 2014.

As fall football practice begins for Bartram Trail, the Bears are hoping 2015 will see a return to the playoffs after missing them for the first time in six years in 2014.

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – As fall football practice begins for Bartram Trail, the Bears are hoping 2015 will see a return to the playoffs after missing them for the first time in six years in 2014.

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To do that, head coach Darrell Sutherland has handed over the reigns to his offense to Joey Gatewood, a sophomore dual-threat quarterback who appears to be mature beyond his years.

Gatewood, a five-start prospect for the class of 2018, is one of the most coveted quarterbacks in the nation.

For many players his age, it might be tough to handle the attention that Gatewood is already receiving. However, he doesn’t appear to be phased.

Instead, Gatewood is focusing on developing on the field and says he’s working everyday on being a better leader to his teammates.

“Well that’s the thing people look up to me right now,” Gatewood said. “I’m trying to be more of a leader. I’m trying to step up to that role and I’m getting there.”

Gatewood and the Bears begin their quest to get back to the playoffs Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m., when they host Mandarin in their preseason kickoff classic.

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