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Prep football: St. Albans looking for leaders

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Tom Hindman
St. Albans junior quarterback Noah Reed threw for 1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. He enters the 2013 season in a battle with two other players for the starting job, as the Red Dragons look to break a string of three consecutive 2-8 seasons.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. - Whether competition breeds success, time will tell, though the St. Albans quarterback battle currently boasts plenty of the former.

Juniors Noah Reed and Ryan Broderick, along with sophomore Jacob Grigsby continue to compete for the starting quarterback role as the season's first game swiftly approaches.

"We're still looking for somebody to step up," said Red Dragons Coach Steve Stoffel Jr., whose team opens at home against Spring Valley on Aug. 30. "All three of those kids bring different qualities to the table and we're going to wait (to decide) until we put them in some situations and see how they respond."

Reed returns with the most experience following seven starts last season. As a sophomore, Reed completed 90-of-165 passes for 1,248 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Though St. Albans boasted some solid offensive weapons, including 1,100-yard rusher Drew Kirby, the Red Dragons stumbled to a 2-8 record.

This year, Reed and his fellow quarterbacks will look to operate the zone-read offense once again in Stoffel's second year at the helm.

In order to effectively run such an offense, Stoffel said he's looking for quarterback traits beyond physical ability.

"They have to be able to take control of the offense and show good, strong knowledge of the system and being able to have people follow them - you have to lead well," he said. "It's not always about the guy who's the loudest and most vocal. It's about the guy people will follow and trust."

While Stoffel searches for the signal-caller who exudes that special characteristic, he said each quarterback possesses a different strength.


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