Three players contend for QB position

Story by Josh Klein, Staff Writer

In the words of Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula, “Sure, luck means a lot in football…not having a good quarterback is bad luck.”

Three players have been battling it out in 100-degree plus weather twice a day for one position. In this literally “heated” contest, these athletes are vying for the position of starting quarterback. As of now, the varsity team is still short this one crucial member.

“The qualities that we look for in the quarterback position are: ability to throw the football, ability to make a play when things breakdown,” athletic director and head coach Barry Norton said. “Someone that will take care of the football, and [someone with] leadership ability.”

The three candidates for the position are sophomore Clete Norton, junior Hunter Hatfield and senior Addison Porter. One of these athletes will end up leading the team in their bid for another successful season. Norton has kept the same goal as last year, to win the District Championship.

Because of this, the new quarterback will have a lot riding on him.

“The expectations are the same for every quarterback,” Coach Norton said. “The new quarterback will need to lead the offense, protect the ball, score points and effectively move the offense.”

Football is a team sport, and a victory will be made as a team effort. Everything will not solely rely on this new quarterback, and Coach Norton is keen to pick up on this.

“I think we have many stand-out players,” Norton said. “The success of the this team will be based on the individuals becoming one and playing great together. I like this team’s attitude and work ethic. I believe we can have a successful season if we can get production from some of the guys that are having to step up to the starter’s role.”