If you were in attendance last Friday at the Heritage/Rockdale season opener, then you not only saw a good game in which Heritage ultimately fell, but you saw the potential in Heritage's two-quarterback system.
David Turner and Anthony Stanley combined for over half of Heritage's yardage. Usually, there would be a quarterback controversy here, but Heritage coach Wendell Early doesn't see it that way.
"[It's] just kind of what we feel like we need to do. Anthony's a good runner and David does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield under duress," Early said after the game. "He (Turner) really did a great job of that. A couple of times they had us kind of corralled back there and he'd wiggle free, the receivers would run and he'd throw them the football. So he did a great job of that."
Turner, a senior who came to Heritage from South Carolina, is more of a pro-style quarterback. He has the ability to throw the ball downfield with precision and he's mobile, something Rockdale will attest to. In last week's matchup he threw for over 200 yards, with most of those yards coming off Turner's ability to scramble around in the pocket and make plays.
Stanley, a junior, is the better runner of the two. He's the workhorse. He has that uncoachable special "thing" that allows him to make plays with his feet. Stanley has that ability that allows him to turn nothing into something. Against Rockdale on third and long, Stanley turned a botched snap into a 44-yard gain on the ground. When Stanley's in and he's running that read-option it makes it easier on the running back because if the defender focuses on Stanley, who he has to account for because of his speed and quickness, it allows Stanley to feed the running back for big gains on the ground.
"You'd like for Anthony to be a better passer, you'd like for David to be a better runner. You've got two of them that can do everything," Early said. "They're two fine young men and there's no egos there. They cheer for each other when the other one's in. It's not a competition kind of thing so it's a very co-operative, supportive relationship."
The Patriots have a week off before they travel down the road to face Salem next Friday. Early has said that he'd like to increase the pace and that there are plays where fans will see both Stanley and Turner on the field at the same time. Something opposing defenses will likely cringe at.