August 8, 2012
We're still several weeks away from real football, but attrition has already forced a couple of teams to adjust their plans at quarterback.
At Mill Creek, an injury caused the switch.
Junior Eric Ritland broke his foot in last week's scrimmage, temporarily removing him from the quarterback competition he was in with sophomore Daniel David. He's expected to be out eight weeks, so the starting job will go to David. Ritland, an athletic QB, should return a few games into the season.
In the meantime, David will be the Hawks' starter. The coaches have plenty of confidence in his skills, but the only question mark is how he responds to his first varsity action on Friday nights. The Hawks are trying to replace record-breaking quarterback John Russ, who graduated with a ton of Mill Creek records.
Greater Atlanta Christian also lost a quarterback a few weeks ago when Delano Spencer elected to give up football. He's taking the time to focus on academics and basketball, a sport where he has racked up a pack of high-profile offers from schools like Auburn and Clemson.
Spencer, tall and athletic, figured to be a big part of the Spartans' offense under new head coach Tim Hardy. But Hardy is thrilled with his current starter, too.
Junior Rafe Chapple has the talent and moxie to be a good QB, Hardy said. Chapple also is a Spartan through and through — he watched his older brothers Lee, Colton and Jared all play quarterback for GAC as he was growing up. He also gets to work directly with Hardy, a former college QB.
How do you think David and Chapple will fare this season? I think they'll both do well.