For Potomac (Va.) football, two quarterbacks are better than one

September 26, 2013

Aside from 4,800 miles and six time zones, Potomac (Va.) junior quarterback Fletcher Washington doesn’t see much that separates his old football home from his current one.

Washington transferred to the Dumfries school this summer from Leilehua High on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where he spent his sophomore season flipping between the Mighty Mules’ junior varsity and varsity squads.

“There’s not really much of a difference overall,” Washington said. “Football over there and over here is very competitive.”

And alternating is still a prominent theme in Washington’s season.

Panthers’ Coach Keith King oversees a two-quarterback system with Washington and senior Terry Sewell. Neither plays more than two series at a time.

In Potomac’s 26-7 win over Osbourn last Friday, Washington completed five passes, and Sewell completed six. Neither signal caller turned the ball over.

When it’s Washington’s turn to run the offense, Sewell watches passing plays develop and grades his foil’s performance. The critiques are always reciprocal.

“If there’s just a little mistake, he’ll tell me what I did wrong, and I’ll get better at it,” Sewell said. “Same thing, if he’s on the field, when he gets off, I’ll let him know. We just try to get better and help each other.”

Both players possess similar skill sets, and the Panthers (2-1) don’t have a specific package of plays built in for either passer.

“The great thing about it is, we wouldn’t have to worry about it if one of them was to get dinged up or something, because they both play an equal amount during the game, and they both run our offense exactly the same,” King said. “We don’t change our offense because one’s in or the other one’s in.”

The biggest game-changer in the Panthers’ attack is the man who lines up next to the quarterback. Starting running back Torrey Dixon has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in all three games this season, including a 16-carry, 212-yard outburst against Osbourn Park on Sept. 12.

“Even if there are no open gaps, he does a good job of getting the ball up field,” Washington said of Dixon. “And that helps us spread the ball around passing-wise.”

Sewell and Dixon have called each other teammates for nearly a decade, attending Swan’s Creek Elementary and Potomac Middle together before donning Panther blue in ninth grade.

“We’ve played together for the longest time,” Sewell said. “I just know how he runs.”

When the Panthers travel to take on Battlefield (2-2) this Friday in Haymarket, the two-headed quarterbacking monster will again be on display.

Sewell and Washington have embraced the timeshare, but both are vying to be recognized as the ace of the rotation.

“It’s just something to get used to,” Washington said. “It’s a work in progress.”

Around the area:

Patriot travels to No. 8 Hylton Friday for a matchup that could decide mid-season pecking order in the Cardinal District. With a win, the Pioneers would establish a new high for wins in a season (four). . . . Woodbridge travels to Osbourn to play its first game since the death of senior linebacker Kenny Diaz. . . . Brentsville will aim to snap a 33-game losing streak when the Tigers host Pope John Paul the Great Friday.

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