NORFOLK, Va. (wavy) - Injuries are a part of football. That being said, what the Lake Taylor High School football team is dealing with might be considered a little absurd.
"We're (down) to our third and fourth string quarterback, possibly fifth string," reveals Titans head coach Hank Sawyer.
Heck, Lake Taylor lost two quarterbacks in one game...and it was only the first matchup of the 2013. "Whoever thinks you'll lose two quarterbacks...in one game? Nobody," says junior cornerback Nhyre Quinerly.
Against Oscar Smith High School in their nationally televised opener, defending champion Lake Taylor not only lost in blow-out fashion to the Tigers, but lost starting quarterback Delmon Williams and backup Marquise Poole to injury. In their most recent outing against Amherst, Lake Taylor almost lost third string quarterback Shiheem Johnson, also the team's starting linebacker, who briefly went down with a shoulder injury.
"Stuff happens," says Johnson, "We're just going to have to adjust to it and keep going." The last time Johnson played under center before this season was his freshman year as a junior varsity starter. Quinerly, a play-maker on defense and on offense as a receiver, has been named the backup signal caller to Johnson without any experience as a quarterback.
"I never played quarterback...ever," he said.
A repeat as an undefeated squad is now out of the picture. Even though they've had to reach deep in the quarterback cupboard, and sitting with one win and one loss, the Titans still believe they can be a threat in the postseason.
"We got a whole season to play," says Quinerly.
"We're back to square one, (but) we still think we have a good football team," says Sawyer, "We think the quarterbacks have, once they get the necessary reps, they'll be okay."
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