BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014
A former high school quarterback himself, first-year Putnam City North coach Rod Richardson knows the value of having an experienced quarterback running the offense.
And Richardson hopes that his returning starter, Chase Sparks, will help the Panthers find success against a challenging schedule in Class 6A-I.
“It’s huge, because he’s seen all the stunts and understands what’s going on,” Richardson said. “He understands what you’re thinking and can make some decisions on his own. He can get you in and out of certain plays. There are no great plays, but he can get you out of the really bad ones.
“He’s an extension of the coaches on the field, and that’s where it’ll really help.
Last week, for the first time in 23 years, football practice opened at Putnam City North without Bob Wilson in charge, following the longtime coach’s retirement in April. But the appointment of Rod Richardson to fill his former boss’ shoes has made for an incredibly smooth transition.