FORT WAYNE – Senior incumbent Quinn Cook will start at quarterback for the Bishop Luers football team Friday at home against SAC rival Snider.
Luers coach Kyle Lindsay made the announcement to the team after practice Monday. Cook and sophomore Noah Wezensky have been in a close competition for the starting spot for the first two weeks of practice, including last Fridays scrimmage against Bishop Dwenger.
It came down to you have a senior with very similar skills, the accuracy and the arm strength, said Lindsay, who was the teams offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach last year. I told them it was darn-near a coin flip. The one thing that did separate Quinn, just a little, to get him that starting nod was not just his experience but his on-the-field leadership, not just with himself and his teammates but play-calling.
It was such a tough decision. I knew one kid would be disappointed and one kid would be so happy. It has been a competitive, friendly competition between the two.
Lindsay said Friday after the teams scrimmage against the Saints he had in mind which quarterback he wanted to start and was going to look at the video from the scrimmage.
Cook played in 14 games last year and started every game in the postseason, including the 40-28 win over Indianapolis Ritter in the Class 2A state title game last November at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wezensky played in 12 games and started a couple of times in the regular season.
We were both preparing to play every snap Friday night, Cook said after practice Monday. It is a gain of confidence to go out there and not have to worry about that for the rest of this week.
Everybody is comfortable with either one of us back there. We can both go out there and make plays. The big thing was my leadership that I showed this summer.
Lindsay said there will be opportunities to get Wezensky time on the field as well.
I told the team that theres going to be Friday nights, maybe this Friday, that they will both be on the field in tight situations, Lindsay said. Quinns not going to feel like his back is up to the wall and every mistake he is looking over his shoulder. We are going to stick with this decision, but the team feels we have two kids that can get the ball out and put it on the money. They have shown it all summer and the last two weeks.
Cook completed 69 of 148 passes for 802 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions last season, and Wezensky was 30 of 68 for 413 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wezenskys stock has risen this summer with his work on the AWP 7-on-7 travel team and at various college camps and unofficial visits, making the decision difficult.
They both really showed their confidence this past season, Lindsay said. The kids have bought into both quarterbacks.
The Knights have won four straight 2A state titles and move up to 3A this year.