Q&A: Gage Hughes, Western Heights quarterback

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Modified: August 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011

It was a hectic transition for the Western Heights football team, changing coaches in August, but the promotion of defensive coordinator Ed Polly has been well-received by the Jets players. Still, the team will be relying on a lot of young players, like sophomore quarterback Gage Hughes:

What have you thought of your new coach, Ed Polly?

He took over not even a month ago, but he looks pretty good to me. I like the change a lot. He knows what he's doing. He played at Iowa. I think he can change this program around, take the dark cloud away from Western Heights and make us a winning team.

Polly has been your defensive coordinator the last two years, so did you get a feel for what he was like as a coach?

Last year as a freshman, I just had to sit on the sideline, so I kind of saw what coach Polly was like. Now I have to take the lead for this team. It's a big responsibility, and I'm still learning, because I'm only a sophomore. But I think he's a really good coach for us, and it should turn out pretty good for us.

Where do you see some of the strengths of your team?

The offensive line, all of them are seniors, and we have some experience at the receiver position. We have a few guys at running back. We don't have a lot of quarterbacks, so I'll have to try to avoid getting hurt. We have a freshman, Gerard Amir, who is an all-around player — running back, wide receiver, quarterback. He's one of our freshmen who will have to step up and can help us out a lot.

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