Let the debate about the best quarterback in Class AAAA commence. I’ll throw a few names out and make a case. Feel free to make your own submissions; this is by no means an exhaustive list. Think of it as a starting point. Here goes …
The gunslinger: Sandy Creek’s Cole Garvin has passed for 690 yards, 7 touchdowns (to five different receivers) and just one interception in three games for the No. 1-ranked Patriots, and his attempts have been and limited by the fact that the Patriots have pulled away early in all three of their wins. Might be the best pure passer in AAAA; he has completed 70 percent of his passes.
The cavalry: Monroe Area’s Stanton Truitt has run for 369 yards and 7 touchdowns in three games, including a 94-yarder. Last week he torched Oconee County for 221 yards and 4 Tds in a blowout win.
The X Factor: Burke County’s Donquell Green. After being one head in a three-headed monster during the Bears’ state championship run, Green has become the featured playmaker, and he almost single-handedly took down Coffee County last week, rushing for 246 yards and three touchdowns, passing for 113 and two more Tds. “We’ll be depending on him to have big nights to beat good folks,” said Burke coach Eric Parker, “but we’ve got to get him some help. We’ve got some kids who are unproven but talented.”
One more, for good measure: Dutchtown’s Donovahn Jones, who has committed to Missouri. Jones threw for 200 yards and ran for another 50 in the Bulldogs’ win over Luella last week.
OK, who else? Make a case …
And a few tidbits:
High-scoring … D: Monroe Area has scored 170 points in three games. According to head coach Matt Fligg, the Hurricanes’ first-team defense has scored at least once in each game and has allowed just 12 of opponents’ 35 points.
Early break: No. 1 Sandy Creek is off this week and it’s by design. While other coaches might be wary of playing 10, 11 or even 12 weeks in a row, Chip Walker said his concern was a continuation of momentum.
“Hopefully you’re on a roll and you’re in a routine. You don’t want to break that routine,” Walker said.
Third-quarter explosion: Monroe Area led 28-14 after an Oconee touchdown in the third period last Friday before scoring four straight one-play touchdowns. First was Truitt’s 80-yard touchdown run. After a three and out, RB Kwan Brooks went 55 yards on the first play. Then T.J. Sigmund returned a punt 73 yards for a TD and Brooks added another 55-yarder. Time of possession? Overrated.