As the Paradise Panthers go into their first scrimmage Friday night, Kash Helton and Colton Wells are still battling for the right to lead the team into the season.
The junior quarterbacks will each get first-team reps during the 6 p.m. scrimmage at Lindsay as the tight race for the job continues.
“Both look good in practice,” said coach Scott Broussard. “They will rotate with the first and second team to get a look at game speed and see how they handle it.”
Neither one has taken a varsity snap. Wells played quarterback on the junior varsity last season.
“It helped, but there’s a big difference from JV to varsity,” Wells said. “It’s a whole lot quicker.”
Helton was a starting safety and saw time at tailback for the Panthers last year.
“It’s a big responsibility,” he said. “I’ve never played or taken a snap before on varsity.”
Broussard has confidence in both players.
“Both can get the job done and operate the offense,” the Paradise coach said. “They are more run-oriented but can throw the ball sufficiently.”
The two quarterbacks are not shying away from the competition and look forward to a chance Friday to show what they can do.
“It’s a tough battle,” Helton said. “We’re ready to show we have what it takes and that we know how to run the offense and lead the team.
“Whoever is going to make the big plays in the fourth quarter will win the job.”
Around the two young signal-callers, Broussard is encouraged by the work of a mostly veteran offensive line and the quartet of running backs – Austin Hogan, Darian Sotomi, Chris Hill and Cash Preather.
“The offensive line is OK. It’s a matter of holding their blocks longer but I’m pleased with their communication skills,” Broussard said. “Hogan, Hill, Sotomi and Preather look good. Most are playing two ways.”