Who’s quarterbacking your team?
A run down on the starting quarterbacks in the Southwestern League
Friday, August 30th, 2013
Issue 35, Volume 17.
Temecula Valley’s Coach Paul McGowen is set and doesn’t have any deciding to do. The Golden Bears have All Southwestern League second team quarterback Kyle Plantier returning to run the offense.
"Last year was rough," said Plantier about the team’s 1-9 season. "This year I would like a couple of wins in league and a winning record in non-league."
The Golden Bear QB is optimistic about his offensive line.
"Last year the line was hefty. This year they are more athletic, in better shape. We can go quicker than we could."
Coach McGowen has been busy assembling the tools and supporting cast for his QB.
"Kyle has exceptional abilities. He’s a great thrower, great runner and great leader," said McGowen. "He’s a proven winner on the athletic field, the classroom and in life."
Great Oak will start junior Laquan Williams behind center on opening day.
"Laquan has got a really good arm and good instincts," said Robinson. "I’ve coached for 25 years and his arm is one of the best I’ve coached. He’s got great running ability. We’re real excited. He makes plays."
Offensive coordinator Jeremy McCullough has worked long hours with Williams preparing him for the Wolfpack’s season opener against the Titans.
Senior Preston Miller will be taking the snaps at Murrieta Valley. Miller played behind All League QB Andrew Blake the past two seasons and had seen very limited playing time.
"Preston is our guy," said Head Coach Vinny Fazio. "I didn’t know anyone when I got here. Preston had to earn his spot. He’s just gotten better and better every day, all summer. I’m really excited to see what Preston can do. He’s a talented player and really bought into what we’re trying to do in the passing game and our offensive scheme."
At Chaparral the decision is getting harder for coaches Ryan Tukua and Stan Hunt. What started as a two-man battle for the position in the summer is now a three-way war for quarterback between Josiah Gonzales, Austin Fisher, and Austin Reza.
"We have a major competition going on at that position. Three people vying for that one spot," said Hunt.
"Each player has different strengths to bring to our offense and we will use the remaining three weeks of camp to decide who will start game one," added Tukua
Filling the shoes of Chase Chambers is a difficult one for coach Justin Schaeffer at Murrieta Mesa.
"We are going to have to adjust and do things differently," said Schaeffer.
The Rams had two players battling for the starting position. Sophomore Peyton Uhl finally got the nod over senior Jeremiah Burgard from Schaeffer this week.
"Uhl saw action in five varsity games last season," Coach Justin Schaeffer said. "He did a good job in the scrimmage and I feel he can help this team win."
With the addition of Coltin Gerhart to the roster, the Broncos are set at quarterback this season. Gerhart transferred from Norco where he started the past three seasons. He completed 113 of 180 passes for 1,330 yards and threw for 11 touchdowns.
He ran the ball 145 times for 1,231 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was intercepted only three times last year.
Waiting in the wings for Vista Murrieta is Absurd Risaiah who transferred from Corona Centennial earlier this year. He was back-up to Robert Webber last year and completed 23 of 39 passes for 341 yards and one TD in seven games.
The Rams and Broncos are at home this weekend. The Nighthawks are at Temescal Canyon, Great Oak travels to Carlsbad and the Pumas will be at Valley View in Moreno Valley Friday night.
Game time is 7 p.m. Come out and support you local high school as the 2013 season gets under way.
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