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May 21, 2014

Central QB race still 'wide open' at end of spring practice


Thomas County Central finished its spring football sessions with film study and two 90 minute practices this week.

Central played its spring game – though it embodied more of a scrimmage feel – on Friday, with both teams tying at 21 after 195 plays over three hours.

Jackets coach Bill Shaver advanced the game four days to create the film breakdown opportunity and not surpass the GHSA mandated amount of practices.

“I think it was very valuable,” Shaver said of the video studies earlier this week. “It’s such a valuable learning tool. The kids got to see what we’ve been talking about first-hand.”

Shaver said the highlight of this spring, as expected, was the Jackets’ defensive dominance.

Central’s offense, which lost ten starters from last year’s 8-3 team, struggled mightily on Friday, and mustered just two touchdowns – one fewer than the defense.

Shaver said after the scrimmage that the offense “is as far behind as its been” since he arrived as an assistant in 1994. 

Yet Shaver likened this year’s team to the one during his first year as head coach in 2008; a very green group with three capable quarterbacks.

Central has a trio of signal callers vying for the starting job – Eli Taylor, Logan Potter and Kelias Williams – all of whom have exhibited diverse skill sets from each other. 

Taylor, a rising junior, has demonstrated the strongest passing ability, Shaver said. Williams has proven his worth on the ground, which fits into Central’s split-back veer offense. And Potter, a rising senior, has the firmest grasp of the playbook, according to the coach.

“It’s a position that will still be wide open as we head into the summer,” Shaver said.

The coach added that he hasn’t shut the door on the prospect of playing multiple quarterbacks per game, especially early in the season. 

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