Bulldogs look to utilize two quarterbacks

Published 9:52 pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fred Holland is an old school coach. He likes to run the ball and play sound defense, and is a firm believer that the team that runs the ball best, will win.

But every now and then a team will be forced to put the ball in the air. Old school football minds will tell you that a team needs one quarterback, while the new trend in all divisions of the game is having two.

Holland is putting aside his “older thoughts” and will utilize a two-quarterback system on Thursday night against Goshen.

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Kamari Jackson and Jerrell Lawson will split time taking the snaps.

“Kamari got a little banged up last week against Charles Henderson,” said Holland. “We have let Jerrell take most of the snaps this week, and both will play against the Eagles.”

Jackson took the majority of the snaps in the Bulldogs 44-2 loss to the Charles Henderson Trojans in the Pike County Classic. Lawson has taken the majority of the snaps this week in practice in preparation for duty on Thursday.

Jackson and Lawson agree that the having both athletic, play makers taking snaps will help the Bulldogs’ offense.

“We have to do whatever it takes for the team to win,” said Jackson. “We both know the offense and have to help the team as much as we can.”

Both quarterbacks have above-average speed, which is something that Lawson believes opens another dimension of the playbook.

Though Jackson is the incumbent, he said that he is willing to do whatever it takes to get winning results, even if it means seeing Lawson take over as signal caller.

Lawson said that has watched and learned from Jackson throughout fall camp and the pre-season game.

“I know and understand my role,” said Lawson. “Whenever the call comes, I have to be ready and help the team get that win.”

Holland and the Bulldogs hit the road on Thursday night to Goshen. The Pike County head coach said it is a little different getting ready to play on a night other than Friday.

“I’m so used to playing on Friday that it has thrown me off a little,” said Holland. “We are usually using Wednesday as a preparation and mental day, and then use Thursday to prep some more, but we don’t have that now.”