by Bruce Wallace
SoBoCo Eagles senior quarterback Spencer Taggart knows that teammates Tanner Smith, Jackson Sartain and Colby Phillips can gain chunks of yardage on the ground.
If facing a defense which will give up the run, Taggart knows he will spend a better part of his Friday evenings handing the ball off to one of the talented Eagles running backs.
But he wouldn’t mind airing the ball out.
Taggart is looking forward to his first full season as the starting quarterback for the SoBoCo Eagles, who – along with other fall Eagles sports – will begin practice on Monday.
“Launching one out there and seeing a receiver run under is fun,” Taggart admitted last week, “but short or deep passes – we will do whatever we need to get the job done.”
Eagles fans will likely see more of a spread offense this season – at least early on as most defenses will likely key on stopping Smith and Sartain.
However, Taggart thinks he and a reliable group of receivers he has been working with this summer will quickly make defenses respect the Eagles passing game.
“We graduated three guys who were good receivers, but we have four guys who have worked hard and will get open and catch the ball,” Taggart said. “Colin Vaughan has made a good comeback since surgery, Kolton Schupp has been really good in 7v7 drills and in camp, and Clay Jeffery has some speed and can catch the ball,” Taggart said. “In addition, Sam Stichnote made the switch from quarterback to receiver and has been really good at that position. We also have Ross Trittler who has good hands.”
After spending two years as a part of the SoBoCo soccer program, Coach Trent Tracy said he was pleased Taggart was a part of the Eagles football program.
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