Football player wins game as substitute QB

September 18, 2018

Most athletes are willing to do whatever it takes to see their team be successful, but not many are able to step into an unfamiliar position, dominate, and win.

As the usual starting QB, Logan Horn, was out with a sprained ankle, the team was looking for someone to fill those shoes and senior Brody Dunlop stepped up to lead the team to a 35-21 win against McCaskey Friday, September 14.

“I was nervous [filling in] but it was pretty fun just a little different and not what I’m used to,” said Dunlop.

Dunlop, who typically plays strong safety, stepped out of his comfort zone to help the team when they were down with the help of junior RB Tyler Cruz. Dunlop ended the game with a total of 165 yards on the ground and 116 through the air while Cruz gained 201 yards with 26 carries.

“I feel like we dominated on Friday because our offensive line got an amazing push and were just opening holes all over the field for me and Brody to run through,” said Cruz.

Dunlop prepared to play QB by doing countless reps at practice and watching films to keep an eye out for McCaskey’s defense.

“Having Brody fill in as quarterback was fun because Brody is an athlete and will do anything you ask of him,” said Cruz. “We really got to run the ball a lot so that was fun."

The team was down 21-13 in the third quarter but came back with determination to top McCaskey.

“The win on Friday felt great,” said Cruz. “As a whole team, we really came together and pulled that one out.

“We played a hard heartfelt game and I think it shows the grit and fight our team has.”

Horn will return to play with the team Friday September 21st in their game against Hempfield.

“It was great watching the game, Brody did really well, but I can’t wait to be back on the field next week,” said Horn.

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