LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian’s Kyle Craichy and Casey Woods have a hard time distinguishing themselves as quarterbacks.
Both are juniors. And their statistics mirror each other.
Woods had four more passing attempts (78-74), two more completions (38-36) and two more touchdowns (9-7) than Craichy last season.
Craichy threw for 27 more yards (662-635) and threw two more interceptions (6-4) than Woods.
Golden Eagles coach Mark Buchanan says the two are so equal that it’s impossible to tab one as a starter over the other. Last season, Buchanan alternated his quarterbacks every play.
He is not going with the same system this year.
“We’ve decided to alternate series this spring,” Buchanan said. “It would be nice to have one emerge as the starter, but they’re so close. I know it won’t happen this spring.”
Craichy does a better job of reading defenses. Woods is more athletic and makes things happen with his feet.
“I have confidence in either one,” Buchanan said. “They each provide something different.”
Fullback Mike Alstott and offensive lineman Jerry Wunsch played together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1997-2001 and formed a friendship that still exists. Now the former teammates will square off on opposing sidelines as assistant coaches when Indian Rocks Christian plays at St. Petersburg Catholic on Friday.
Wunsch is entering his fourth season as the Golden Eagles’ offensive line coach. Alstott joined the Barons’ staff this spring.
A couple of minutes with Indian Rocks Christian rising senior Sean Culkin (6-foot-6, 215 pounds), a 500-yard receiver who is starting to gain interest from several colleges.
You play basketball as well but are starting to concentrate more on football. Why the switch?
I recently had a lot more big schools looking at me for football. Before, football was something I just did for fun. I just did it so I didn’t get burned out in basketball. But I’m starting to realize I have a better future in football.
What are some of the schools that have showed interest?
Northwestern, Liberty, Wisconsin, USF, Louisville, Marshall, Tulane, FAU and Furman. Every school except USF and Liberty want me as a tight end.
What’s better, dunking a basketball or a touchdown reception?
Dunking in big games is pretty fun. My whole life has been about basketball, so I’d say I get more of a rush in dunking. But touchdown catches are nice.
Since most colleges want you to play tight end, do you feel you’ll have to put on some weight?
I’ve been trying to add weight this offseason. I’m now at 215 pounds and I hope to be at 220-230 during the season. It’s something I think I can do. I like to eat.
How much do you eat?
Too much. I have protein and oatmeal in the morning, and my dad likes to cook steaks at least once a week. My brother Ryan (a former IRC player who went on to Liberty) said you can never be full. He had to put on weight to play in college and said he ate a jar of peanut butter a day.
What they’re saying
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Monday’s question: Who will shock the world in the upcoming spring games?
• Toddren Macon will be huge for St. Pete Catholic Friday night against Indian Rocks Christian. Coach (Steve) Dudley had two 1,000-yard rushers last season at Canterbury, expect him to do the same in the fall with Macon and Ryan Green. … Expect Macon to be a breakout player in the spring. He is Division I talent, and will not settle for anything less because of his work ethic and determination. — Justin Miller
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Photo: Indian Rocks Christian wide receiver Sean Culkin.