By David Purdum / For the AJC
Sometimes you do have two quarterbacks.
That’s clearly the case at No. 10 Westside (Macon), where coach Sheddrick Risper has the Seminoles putting up points in bunches. Westside has scored 91 points in its first two games. Only No. 2 Carrollton and No. 6 Griffin have scored more than the Seminoles in AAAA.
Risper took over the offensive coordinator and play-calling role two years ago. He’s running an up-tempo spread attack, featuring two quarterbacks in dual-threat Daqavius Walker and pocket-passer Eric Thomas.
Walker plays both receiver and quarterback for the Seminoles and has become Thomas’ favorite target.
Both quarterbacks will see action Thursday, when the Seminoles face AAAAA No. 3 Northside-Warner Robins.
Crisp County’s rise
A few more people showed up at the Crisp County Touchdown Club meeting this week. A few more text messages and emails have popped onto coach Lee Campbell’s phone. And the student body seems a little more energized.
That’s what happens you when get off to a 2-0 start, highlighted by a double-overtime upset of perennial power Cook.
“It’s a tremendous shot in the arm for our program,” said Campbell, who is looking for his first winning season of his three-year tenure at Crisp County. “Cook is such a great program. They were 11-0 against our region (1-AAAA).”
It was Crisp County’s first win over Cook since 1968. And it didn’t look like it was going to happen.
The Cougars’ offense failed to score on its first possession of overtime, and Cook quickly set up a 1st-and-goal inside the Crisp County 5-yard line. The Cougar defense wouldn’t relent and forced an errant field-goal attempt to keep the game going.
Back on defense to start the second overtime, Crisp County’s defense again held and forced another missed field-goal attempt.
The Cougars’ offense delivered, with junior quarterback Witt Campbell, the coach’s son, hooking up with tight end Landon Whitman catching a pass on a drag rout and diving over the goal line for the winning touchdown.
“The crowd went crazy,” said Lee Campbell. “The stands didn’t exactly empty onto the field, but people were jumping up and down and a few scattered onto the field. I was excited, but I’m pretty even keel, act like you’ve been there before.”
Bigger things appear to be ahead for the Cougars, who start just six seniors and are coming off a 3-7 campaign last season. After tying for fourth in the region the past two seasons, Crisp has lost out on a playoff berth on tiebreakers.
“We’re hoping to change that this season,” Lee Campbell said.
Notes: Redan and South Atlanta have yet to score in their first two games. Last year’s runner-up Ridgeland also has not yet scored, but has played only one game. … The Banneker-Tri-Cities game ended in a 34-34 tie last week. In a non-region game, both coaches most agree on overtime. According to Banneker coach Ryan Andrews, the two coaches did not agree, so the game concluded in a tie.