SHANNON – Having two of something is usually a good thing, and the Shannon High football team will get to experience that situation as they head into the 2009 season.
Junior quarterbacks Legilbert Bogan and Jake Scott will share time behind center – at least for the beginning of the season – for last year’s MHSAA Class 4A semifinalist Red Raiders. The two will be replacing Alex Thornton, who passed and rushed for 2,675 yards in his senior season last year.
Early Monday evening, Bogan and Scott officially started the replacement process by taking snaps from center during the first official August practice of 2009. Monday was the first day for MHSAA football teams to start August workouts.
“It wasn’t bad,” Shannon head coach Chad Cook said about his quarterbacks’ performances on Monday. “You can work all the summertime you want, but once the helmets come on and the season gets here, you get a little more anxiety, you get all revved up.
“The timing was off early, but that’s expected. Overall, the guys gave great effort. As far as intensity and effort, I couldn’t ask for anymore.”
Cook told Bogan and Scott in the spring that both of them will be seeing action on the field in the fall, even if it’s not at the quarterback position.
“They are going to be on the field,” Cook said. “If it’s at receiver, tight end, wherever. If one of them is at quarterback the other is going to see time somewhere else.
“I’m not against playing both of them because both of them bring different things to the table and both of them are kind of dead equal right now.”
Cook described Bogan, who is 6-foot-31/2, 195 pounds, as being more of “the prototype quarterback.”
“He can see the field and he can throw about any route,” the third-year Shannon coach said. “He’s got a great arm.”
But Cook also expects his quarterbacks to be able to run the ball, and that’s what Scott can do quite well. Cook is “a scrambler that can make something out of nothing and make throws on the run,” says Cook.
Added Cook: “But both of them can do the same things. They both bring somewhat different things to the table, but overall both of them can do what we are asking them to do.”
The Red Raiders open up at home against West Point in a MHSAA Classic game on Aug. 21.
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