July 17, 2024

School Sports activities

Emmett Morehead (proper) began at QB within the Eagles’ season-opening loss to Northern Illinois Saturday. Barry Chin/Globe Employees

Within the weeks main as much as the season, it appeared Emmett Morehead had cemented himself as Boston School’s beginning quarterback.

Morehead confirmed promise whereas beginning 4 video games final 12 months and appeared poised to take a big leap. He attended the ACC Soccer Kickoff in Charlotte — a uncommon honor for a redshirt sophomore — and continued to log common reps with the 1′s in follow.

Coach Jeff Hafley formally named him the starter the Monday earlier than the Eagles hosted Northern Illinois of their opener. However when Morehead struggled within the first two sequence of an eventual 27-24 time beyond regulation loss, Central Florida switch Thomas Castellanos entered and supplied a distinct look.

Because it turned out, that was the plan going into the sport.

“Thomas had a extremely good coaching camp,” Hafley mentioned. “He and Emmett each did. We felt he was deserving to play. That was not indicative of how Emmett performed.”

Morehead (6 toes 5 inches, 235 kilos) completed 4 for 10 for 30 yards and added a carry for 4 yards. Castellanos (5-10, 196), a sophomore, was 13 for 28 with two touchdowns and one interception, plus 9 carries for 74 yards and a rating.

Because the Eagles put together for a harmful FCS opponent in Holy Cross (1-0) Saturday at midday at Alumni Stadium, Hafley elected Wednesday to maintain BC’s plans a secret. The employees, nevertheless, has made up its thoughts.

“We sat down, cleared our heads, talked about it Monday at size, and went full velocity forward,” Hafley mentioned.

The case for Morehead:

Morehead is a extra conventional pocket passer than Castellanos and has the next ceiling. He struggled with accuracy in restricted motion final Saturday, however he’s confirmed that he can ship pinpoint passes at this degree.

The NIU recreation was removed from his greatest effort. Whether or not it was rust, lack of alternative, NIU’s protection, or some mixture of the three, he wasn’t near the place he wanted to be.

It’s truthful to imagine that Morehead would have a powerful probability to bounce again if given the chance. He was great final season towards Duke and North Carolina State, throwing for 330 yards and three-plus touchdowns in every and main the Eagles to an exhilarating 21-20 street win over a ranked Wolfpack workforce.

Morehead mentioned he has watched BC nice Matt Ryan extensively and that Ryan’s fundamentals are “very, very attainable.” He’s much less cellular than Castellanos however clearly delivers a extra highly effective ball.

Hafley mentioned after the sport that followers ought to “most undoubtedly” count on to see Morehead once more sooner or later this season.

“Emmett can actually throw it,” linebacker Vinny DePalma mentioned. “He has nice command within the huddle.”

The case for Castellanos:

Throughout Media Day, Castellanos described himself as a “game-changer” who can prolong performs and make issues occur once they’re not presupposed to.

“Once in a while, I make the group go, ‘Ohhh!’ what I’m saying? ‘That was loopy. I wasn’t anticipating that to occur.’ Wild performs, I really feel like I’ve in my bag,” he mentioned.

He wasn’t exaggerating. Early within the fourth quarter — on fourth and 5 from the BC 46, with the Eagles trailing, 21-7 — Castellanos zigzagged and looped his approach all the way in which again to the 14-yard line earlier than delivering a dart to Lewis Bond for a primary down.

“These are just like the loopy faculty soccer performs you look ahead to the following 25 years,” DePalma mentioned.

It was primarily a do-or-die second for BC, and Castellanos’s magic trick helped gasoline a stunning comeback. He scored from 2 yards out moments later, then discovered Jaden Williams for a 30-yard strike with 1:44 left to ship the sport to time beyond regulation.

Although Castellanos “runs round like a maniac,” per DePalma, Hafley made it clear Castellanos is a quarterback, “not a gadget man.” Castellanos could also be much less polished than Morehead, however he definitely has a aptitude for the dramatic and the flexibility to make one thing out of nothing.

“As soon as the play breaks down, that’s when issues get scary for the protection,” Castellanos mentioned.

The case for each:

Large receiver Lewis Bond mentioned the Eagles are comfy with both or each QBs. They function in a different way and convey distinctive traits to a recreation, mentioned Bond.

“They’re each going to offer you a great ball,” Bond mentioned. “You’ve simply bought to make the performs and mentally know who’s within the recreation.”

In opposition to NIU, Castellanos got here in for the third sequence, Morehead began the second half, then Castellanos completed the sport. There may be an argument to be made that taking part in each is the best choice.

Adjusting to 2 quarterbacks theoretically is extra difficult for a protection than it’s for an offense. Plus, if each need to play, it supplies incentive for every to execute at a excessive degree.

One possibility is to begin one, have the opposite prepared, and go there provided that it’s important to. Hafley has made up his thoughts. Everybody else will discover out Saturday.

Both approach, it’s clear Hafley views this as a great drawback to have.

“This 12 months,” Morehead mentioned, “we’ve depth that I haven’t seen at BC earlier than.”