By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – John, Jon, David, Davis. As long as Amory is winning, sophomore quarterback Jon David Poss won’t care what you call him or how you spell it.
It has been spelled a multitude of ways on Twitter.
Poss is two games into his new job and onlookers will undoubtedly compare him to record-setting Forest Williams.
“Watching how he handled everything helped me out,” Poss said, “watching how he handled success and adversity too.”
Williams led a high-powered offense that carried the Panthers to the Class 4A North finals last season. He threw for 5,100 yards, fourth in the nation, and 55 touchdowns, breaking his own single-game passing record.
Poss has led Amory to a 2-0 start and has thrown for 606 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. His quarterback rating sits at 151.0 as his biggest challenge awaits.
“It’s trusting in what the coaches have prepared us to do, trusting in the five guys we’ve got catching passes and trusting in the five guys that block,” Poss said. “They get all the credit. They make me look good.”
Amory travels to Aberdeen Friday for the 76th annual A-Game, a game the Panthers haven’t won since 2008.
Amory coach Trent Hammond said each quarterback has different skill sets.
“The first 7-on-7 of the spring, we tried to force Jon David into the Forest Williams mold,” Hammond said. “But we’ve had to look at ways Jon David can be himself.”
Williams was a three-year starter and easily went through check-down series. Poss’ only experience came in two spot starts when Williams was hurt last season. The sophomore is a more physical runner Hammond says and has committed himself to the playbook, a la Williams.
Amory’s system isn’t based on quick decisions. Each play is designed on an if-this, then-that mentality.
Poss has five seniors to throw to, led by Devin McIntosh’s 226 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think (offensive coordinator) Jon Keith has done a great job of knowing what Jon David can do to be successful and that’s what we’ve been able to build our offense around,” Hammond said.