McCallie Offense Off to High Flying Start

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Updated: 9/06/2013 6:38 pm

Chattanooga-(WDEF) If you thought Peyton Manning and the Broncos lit up the scoreboard on Thursday night, you should check out McCallie's offense. The Blue Tornado are racking up the yards and points at a hectic pace, and they're doing it with a brand new sophomore quarterback.

The Blue Tornado offense has been a whirlwind of points. They've got 96 in two games against quality opponents. Reporter-"Did you see 96 points coming out of the chute in just two games?" Said receiver Spencer Morgan,"Maybe not 96, but I did see that if we did what we were supposed to do consistently, I did see that we could score a lot of points."

And McCallie is scoring with a quarterback, who was supposed to be a receiver. Said JaVaughn Craig,"I finished the scrimmage out at receiver, and after the scrimmage, coach came up and asked me if I wanted to try it out. He needed a quarterback just for back-up. I was like okay, I guess I could try at it out."

JaVaughn Craig gave it a try all right. In his first ever start against Cleveland. Craig was 15 of 19 for 293-yards, including a 71 yard strike to C-J Fritz. Said Craigh,"I saw C-J running down. I threw it to him. I threw it up, and he caught it. Once he scored, I kind of looked up at coach, and he smiled at me." Said head coach Ralph Potter,"We found a quarterback in JaVaughn that's sort of a natural at what he does. Really he's just now beginning." Added Morgan,"It just really impressed me at how fast he caught on. All the schemes and reads he has to make. It's a hard offense to learn."

Last week against McMinn County, McCallie had four touchdowns of 25 yards or more. Said Craig,"The way we have been scoring so quickly, we're not really on the field as much."

But that should keep the offensive linemen fresh. Said Potter,"We've got two really big, strong tackles that play well. We've got a senior center. Two little mighty might guards who are really smart, and will get into you and get after you really well."

Maintaining a mighty might offensive pace will be difficult. Said Potter,"A lot of it is getting adjusted to having success that's very sudden and very rapid. The ability to handle those types of things, and to still stay in sort of a growth mind-set."

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