It may not have been a happy homecoming for Glencliff, which was upset by Hunters Lane 12-0 on Friday, but the Colts were able to celebrate getting to play with standout senior quarterback Malcolm Easley.
The quarterback was suspended by his coach and father Brandon Easley earlier in the week following a collision with referee Kyle Gill in last week’s loss to Gallatin.
Easley’s suspension then was lifted by Glencliff principal Clint Wilson following a decision by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association to not suspend him for the collision with Gill.
While Easley was not able to help his team win, he did showcase his versatility for potential college recruiters by playing six positions Friday night.
The senior quarterback saw some snaps at running back on the offensive side, played safety and linebacker on the defensive side and saw action as a punter and a long snapper on different special teams plays.
“It’s his senior year,” coach Brandon Easley said. “I’m trying to use my athlete in as many spots that can help us out as a team because keeping him at one position actually decreases the amount of colleges looking at him.”
The 6-foot-3-inch quarterback has an offer from Navy, according to his dad. Playing him in so many positions Friday night could help him stand out to other colleges in search of an athlete.
“He’s lined up at punter, then he runs up and long snaps the ball perfectly and goes down and makes a tackle,” Hunters Lane coach Thomas McPhail said. “I think he will definitely do good things in college when he has the opportunity.”
Despite Easley’s versatility, Glencliff (1-5, 0-3 6-5A) managed less than 50 yards of total offense. It was the first win for Hunters Lane (1-5, 1-2) and the first for McPhail, who took over the program in May.
McPhail said his first win at Hunters Lane was special and that it didn’t hurt getting to spoil the opposing team’s homecoming night.
“We’re everybody’s homecoming,” McPhail said. “I’m most proud of the fact that despite all the adversity that our kids have had this year, they fought. When you’ve been as low as we have been over the last four or five years, you don’t have problems getting a game; everybody wants a game with you.”
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