Snap count: A look at some Hillsborough County QB situations



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Tue. September 1, 2009 | Times Staff

Three days before the local prep football season formally kicks off, several area quarterback battles remain unresolved, and probably will stay that way.

Hendrick While at least one competition -- at Sickles -- was decided during Friday's preseason action, other schools have at least two players taking snaps at practice this week. The well-documented Wharton QB derby -- where three players are alternating --remains the most intriguing, but others are pretty intense, too. 

Here's a look at a few area competitions:

Coach Pat O'Brien confirmed Tuesday 6-foot senior John Melvin Hendrick, (pictured, above left) who threw a touchdown pass in both halves of Friday's jamboree at Freedom, has earned the job outright for now.

The consolation for Scott O'Donoghue and Jeff Wilton: Both will play elsewhere. O'Donoghue, a senior 198-pounder, will start at fullback in offensive coordinator Brian Turner's triple-option attack and play middle linebacker. Wilton will log time at receiver.

"It's kind of a nice little conundrum to have," O'Brien said. "With our numbers low like we are with Steinbrenner (High) taking a lot of kids from our JV team, it kind of opens things up for us."

Coach Mark Kantor, who employed 6-1 sophomore Zach Condon and 5-10 freshman Shug Oyegunle in Friday's 7-0 preseason loss to Durant, indicated Tuesday both will play in this week's game against rival Sickles. Condon started against the Cougars.

"Plan to use both a la Steve Spurrier," Kantor said via text message.

A mild hamstring injury to junior Thadeus Baxley means senior Travis Hanchett probably will start in Friday's season opener against Durant.

But until one distances himself from the other, both will play, Chiefs coach Joe Severino said.

"They both did okay, so I'm going to use them both," said Severino, who emptied his bench in Friday's 40-0 preseason loss to Jefferson. "If one of them (steps to the forefront) they'll become the starter."



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