Jaguars Passing Their Way to the PlayoffsPosted: Updated:
PASCO, Wash - The quarterback isn't usually the star in 8-man football, but this year the Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars are going a little against the grain.
Sophomore Quarterback Will Hoppes wears a sheepish grin and simply says, "Yeah, it's pretty cool," when asked about his record-breaking season. Just a couple of weeks ago against Jubilee Christian Hoppes threw his 168th completion, breaking a 17-year-old state record. He's also nearing the record for single season rushing yards and single season passing yardage. Not too bad for a kid who never played quarterback before this year.
"At first it was hard because I didn't know what I was doing. Up at camp I took my first live snaps and it got easier after the first couple of games." Easier indeed! Because Hoppes' and the Jaguars wide receivers are adjusting so well to the new offensive scheme, Coach Dan Whitsett's team is in the playoffs with high hopes of winning the state title.
With the departure of star running back Joe Campbell Coach Whitsett was forced to put a new plan into place. "We knew we wouldn't be able to pound it up the middle because we don't have the size on the line and we don't have a true running back. So we found some athletes we thought we could turn into wide receivers and taught them to run routes and catch the football. Will has done a great job getting the ball to them and it's a lot of fun."
Hopefully for the Jaguars the fun will continue. This Saturday they travel to the west side to face Clallum Bay in the first round of the playoffs at 2 p.m.