With Fairfax senior Nick Scott already manning four different positions for the Rebels, the thought of adding one more duty to the Penn State recruit’s plate seemed like a logical notion for Fairfax Coach Kevin Simonds. But placing Scott at quarterback harbored a slew of risks and questions for such an invaluable player, leading Simonds to eventually dismiss the idea.
It wasn’t until a 41-0 loss to No. 12 Westfield on Sept. 27, when the Rebels struggled to find space for Scott and when starting quarterback Brian Monter went down with a leg injury, that Simonds decided to go with his gut.
Scott made his first start at quarterback two weeks ago, and in two wins against McLean and Marshall he’s gone 9-for-13 for 191 passing yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Where he and the Rebels offense have been most productive is on the ground, as rushing opportunities have been created while teams are left guessing as to what the dangerous Scott will do once he gets the snap.
In those two games, Scott has rushed for 343 yards and five touchdowns on just 22 carries, while running back Jabril Cartier (174 yards and four scores) and fullback Max Kavaljian (121 yards and two scores) have had two of their most productive performances.
“The dynamics that he gives us with the ball in his hands every snap are incredible,” Simonds said. “Teams don’t know if he’s going to keep it, throw it or hand it off. Everybody sort of just stops and freezes on him.”
The move is similar to what West Potomac did earlier this season in moving versatile senior and Nebraska recruit Demornay Pierson-el to quarterback. Like Pierson-el, Scott possesses a strong arm that helps keep defenses honest but is still developing his mechanics and accuracy under center. Unlike Pierson-el, Scott no longer plays defensive back because Simonds would prefer him to not play two high-contact positions and risk injury.
Friday will bring Scott’s first major test as the Rebels (6-2) host No. 14 Stone Bridge, winners of the last eight Liberty District titles.
“If we’re going to compete and do big things, especially against teams like Stone Bridge and in the playoffs, we have to find ways to get the ball in Nick’s hands,” Simonds said. “Stone Bridge is so big and strong up front, so hopefully we can be effective throwing the ball and make the game a tight one.”