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Gulf coach Tom Carter has been around three high school quarterbacks who started on the varsity team as freshmen.
It’s far too early to tell if his fourth, KeShaun Peters, will end up at Division I-A colleges like the three Weatherfords, but Carter thinks his 6-foot, 184-pound dual-threat QB will be an immediate asset for the Buccaneers.
“He’s very athletic,” Carter said. “He has the arm strength to be productive. Just coming in, I didn’t necessarily want to put a senior at quarterback. I’d rather have the freshman make his mistakes – if he makes any – and get a year under his belt.”
Peters, who earned the top job over his older brother, Ty’Shon, and sophomore Chris Klyap, started Friday and was part of an obvious youth movement in the Buccaneers’ 26-3 preseason loss to River Ridge.
Gulf played a handful of freshmen and sophomores who weren’t on last year’s 6-4 varsity team. The team has only five seniors, including Ty’Shon Peters, a D-I prospect who threw four touchdown passes last year.
“We’re young, inexperienced,” Carter said. “I think we’re a little overwhelmed.”
That inexperience showed up on defense. Aside from a good performance from two-way lineman Jeff Kruse, Gulf made some crucial errors.
By Carter’s count, River Ridge racked up more than 100 yards after missed tackles.
“Was that the determining factor in the game? No,” Carter said. “But when you get in a close game, it could be.”
Gulf hosts Nature Coast on Friday to open the regular season.