Geller settles on a quarterback at Centennial
Monday morning, Centennial football coach Kyle Geller met with his three quarterbacks and named a starter.
In a game of cat-and-mouse, Geller was tight lipped on who his choice is between juniors Hunter Prescher and Kyle Burns, and sophomore David Robinson because he wanted to keep Saginaw Boswell coach John Abendschan guessing.
The Spartans open the 2017 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday hosting Boswell. It will be the fifth game between the squads in four seasons. Centennial holds a 3-1 advantage in the series.
“We like playing Boswell because they are a similar program to ours and give us a good test,” Geller said.
When Geller talked to the quarterbacks Monday morning, he made no promises that he’d be able to get the other two playing time against the Pioneers.
“I named a starter and told the other two that I want to get them in this game, but I’m not going to back myself in a corner,” Geller said. “I didn’t make a promise, but I do want them ready to go.”
By the start of District 9-5A play, Geller wants to have a starter and back-up in place, and have the third quarterback candidate playing in another skill position
Geller said his decision on the starting quarterback came down to execution. All three quarterbacks did good things during Friday’s scrimmage at Mansfield Legacy Geller said.
The main woe for the offense during the scrimmage was turnovers. The Spartans turned the ball over four times against Legacy. Only one of those turnovers was committed by a quarterback.
The turnovers meant the Spartan defense was on the field for more plays Friday night. Geller said the defense dealt with the adversity well.
“I thought the defense showed a lot of resilience considering the number of plays they were on the field,” Geller said.
Last season, Centennial made enough plays to get past Boswell on the road, 26-23. Special teams played a huge role, pinning the Pioneers at their one-yard line with a punt. Two plays later, the Spartans defense registered a safety. Then senior wide-receiver Xander Richards had a big game with five catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
Saginaw will be led by sophomore quarterback Brayden Thomas, who threw for a 1,950 yards and 23 touchdowns last season. Thomas has a great target in receiver Brehun Berry (805 yards receiving, 12 TDs). Berry is also a standout on defense where he intercepted seven passes last season. Other key defensive players include lineman Kyrese McFarland and linebackers Caleb Genberg and Malik Hubbard.
The Pioneers return six players on offense and five players on defense from a team that went 9-5 last season. Boswell reached the Class 5A Division II Region I finals before losing.