Geller searching for new quarterback
Going into spring football drills, Centennial coach Kyle Geller’s main concern was finding a quarterback to replace three-year starter Payton Strambler.
So far, Geller has seen good and bad things from two of the three candidates, Kyle Burns and David Robinson. The third candidate, Hunter Prescher, joined the drills on Monday after baseball season ended.
The trio's talent will be on display tonight at 6 p.m. during the Spartans traditional spring game on campus. Odds are the game won’t determine a clear starter for the 2017 season.
“I would think that we will have to decide on someone after our scrimmage with Mansfield Legacy,” Geller said.
What Geller is looking for from his quarterback is “someone who can run the family business.” In other words, he needs to be able to trust the individual he picks to runs the Spartans’ triple option offense.
“I need someone that I know what to expect from them,” Geller said. “They can’t pitch the ball when they are not supposed to pitch it and they can’t put the ball on the ground in the mesh. They need to make good decisions in the passing game. They just can’t throw the ball up for grabs.”
Geller wants his quarterback to make plays. He doesn’t have to be flashy. What he needs to do is show the ability to distribute the ball around the field without making mistakes.
Tonight’s game will be played like previous spring games with the teams divided evenly as possible. But the contest won’t be played of hamburgers (for the winning team) and hot dogs (for the losing team) as it has been at times in the past.
“We won’t play for anything because we don’t have school the next day and I want them to turn their equipment in that night,” Geller said.
Offensively, the Spartans are short receivers but have six or seven slot backs led by playmaker Kelton Tezeno. There are also three strong fullback candidates in Kevan Romero, Darrell Williams and Tim Pointer.
“I like our depth on the offensive line,” Geller said. “We just have to find a tackle to go with Kyle Perry. We have three guys competing for that spot.”
On defense, there are holes to fill but the return of Ethan Diaz and Zavior Fuller from baseball adds to the depth in the secondary and also at slot back on offense.
Blake Murphy returns to anchor the linebacking corps and four players return with experience on the defensive line.