QB slots see returning strength and new blood
Some of the area schools will return some strong quarterback play for the 2018 season, while others will be looking to replace long-tenured players over the course of the year.
The Panthers will return three-year starter Sevante Quinn to the position for the 2018 season, a valued commodity for a somewhat inexperienced offense.
Quinn had a strong 2017 season, completing 88 passes for 1,432 yards and 21 touchdowns.
On the ground, he was elusive from the pocket. Quinn rushed for 676 yards on the season.
“It’s great to be able to have a quarterback back, especially one with the experience he has,” Brookhaven head coach Tucker Peavey said. “We’re going to have to have our skill players step it up, and allow our offensive line time to adapt. It’s great to have experience back in key spots.”
The Cougars will look to make a deep run in the playoffs again in 2018, after making it to the third round in 2017.
A key cog to that success will be Dawson Flowers, as he returns for his senior season after a stellar junior season.
Flowers went 157-249 through the air last season, racking up 2,419 yards and 26 touchdowns, and Brookhaven Academy head coach Ron Rushing said he’s expecting that same type of production this season.
“Through our 7-on-7 camps, he’s throwing the ball really well,” Rushing said. “He was good last year, but he’s thrown the ball even better so far this summer. We’re excited to have him and that experience back.”
The Cougars will look to replace the production that senior Kendarius Feazell left last season.
He went 26-52 through the air for 392 yards. Feazell threw three touchdowns, and he rushed for 396 yards on the season.
Junior Jerome Dudley completed 16-32 passes in his time at quarterback last season for the Cougars for 242 yards, while throwing six touchdown passes on the season.
Dell Thigpen had a great senior year for the Cobras last year at the quarterback position. He threw for 451 yards on the year and rushed for 1,213 yards.
The Cobras will turn to sophomore Antrelle Simms this season to replace Thigpen’s production in 2018.
While Simms only threw two passes for the Cobras last season, Wesson head coach Jeremy Loy said he’s excited about what Simms brings to the table.
“He’s extremely athletic, and he has a good arm,” Loy said. “He got some game experience there last year, and he’s been on the field before in big situations.”