No reason to worry about PC North QB tandem
Yes, there’s the possibility that Putnam City North coach Bob Wilson will rotate his two quarterbacks, junior Jace James and sophomore Joe Summers, in the season opener Friday night against Putnam City West.
With both being first-time varsity players at the position, there’s reason to expect some great plays and some glaring mistakes. But the two guys get along really well, and the competition doesn’t seem to be creating division among the PC North players. In fact, it seems to be pushing both quarterbacks even harder.
So running them both out there in the first week — or three — won’t hurt the team, but it will probably help it. It will either force one of the players to step to the front of the race before district play gets going in Weeek 4, or it will show itself as the perfect situation for a two-QB system.
This offense is different from what the Panthers have run in the past, with a lot more reliance on short passing routes to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers at receiver and running back. Both James and Summers have shown that they’re capable of running the offense, and both have created some big plays in the scrimmages.
So for Wilson, he might as well view it as an extended preseason — which in all honesty, it really is for everyone, since your district record is all that really matters — and let these guys battle to the end, whether that’s next week or next summer.
– Scott Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org
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