North Dallas is going through growing pains at the quarterback position.
Sophomore KeVon Price started the first six games before going down with an injury against Carrollton Creekview. Eric Wilson, another sophomore, replaced Price in the second half against Creekview.
Wilson started last week’s game against Carrollton Newman Smith but was seen limping on the sideline, and Richard James got a chance to play quarterback.
Heading into Thursday’s game at 7 p.m. against Bryan Adams at Couch Field, the starting QB has not been named. North Dallas offensive coordinator Daniel Wilson said it will be “game-time decision.”
While the Bulldogs are eager to break their four-game losing streak, developing a quarterback is not that easy.
“Developing a quarterback takes time and patience, especially being that they are young and unsure of themselves right now,” Wilson said in an email. “The ideal situation would be to develop them on the freshmen and JV level, but with injuries and limited upper class quarterbacks, they are forced to grow up fast.”
By comparison, Bryan Adams senior quarterback XaiyViyon Mccuin has completed 57 percent of his passes for 1,873 yards, 19 touchdowns and only five interceptions. His main target is Nathan Stewart, who has 48 receptions for 1,049 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Bulldogs, led by Geo Manning’s 1,082 rushing yards, average 160 rushing yards a game and will try to control the line of scrimmage against the Cougars.
“You prepare the young quarterbacks by not overloading them with plays,” Wilson said. “You keep the game plan simple and easy to understand.”
The ND coaches are in teaching mode, but could make the present difficult, but the future has potential.