Riverdale QB settles in as Oakland battle intensifies

Riverdale QB settles in as Oakland battle intensifies

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Riverdale QB settles in as Oakland battle intensifies

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Oakland quarterback Cody Miller throws a pass during the Ravenwood 7-on-7 Passing Tournament Saturday.

Oakland quarterback Cody Miller throws a pass during the Ravenwood 7-on-7 Passing Tournament Saturday.

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One week later, the quarterback situation at Riverdale appears to be clearing up.

At rival Oakland, things remain up in the air.

The two Murfreesboro squads reached the semifinals of the Ravenwood 7-on-7 Passing Tournament Saturday.

Riverdale rising senior Brandon Bea, who moved in from Vancouver, Washington, continued to grow more comfortable in the Warriors’ offense while adjusting to a new playbook. The Warriors lost to eventual champion Independence in its semifinal game.

“We were real basic (Saturday),” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said. “We have a lot to improve on. But I felt we improved. We competed a little bit better.

“(Bea) has come miles. He’s a smart child. That’s good for all of us.”

Bea hadn’t practiced with the team until Monday when he was splitting reps with rising sophomore Christian Souffront. However, Bea has quickly taken command of the offense.

“He’s fitting in pretty well,” said Riverdale wide receiver Marquise Cantrell said. “He’s learning plays, learning his reads and progressing. He’s grinding every day.”

The competition remains fierce for Oakland at quarterback and appears to be far from having a favorite emerge as the starter.

Juniors Cody Miller and Brendan Matthews alternated snaps both Thursday at Riverdale and on Saturday at Ravenwood. Neither has separated himself as the clear favorite to start the season opener.

“Both quarterbacks are benefiting from getting snaps,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. “We swapped them every single play. We made sure that they got equal number of snaps and had an equal opportunity.

“At the end of the day, we may do that in the season. We’re proud of both of them. We think both of them has a ways to go, but they are making progress. That’s all you can ask for in 7-on-7.”

Oakland played the entire Ravenwood tournament without rising junior JaCoby Stevens. Stevens, a Rivals.com top-100 college recruit for the Class of 2017, did not play due to a high ankle sprain sustained in the championship game of Riverdale’s 7-on-7 tournament.

That forced others to pick up their play at both receiver and at defensive back.

“It feels good that we have others in the secondary that can come in and put it together,” said Kaleb Oliver, Oakland rising junior receiver and defensive back, who already has a college offer from MTSU. “We didn’t have a fall off when we put in the seconds.”

Contact Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 or tkreager@dnj.com. Follow him on Twitter @Kreager.

Oakland's Zarius Gamble pulls in a touchdown pass during a win over Stratford in Saturday's Ravenwood 7-on-7 Passing Tournament. Gamble reached the semfinals of the tournament.

Oakland’s Zarius Gamble pulls in a touchdown pass during a win over Stratford in Saturday’s Ravenwood 7-on-7 Passing Tournament. Gamble reached the semfinals of the tournament.

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