Not many quarterbacks wear number 22, but Flint Hill senior Stevie Peterson doesn’t mind it because he doesn’t want to be a classic passer. Peterson is light (6-0, 155 pounds) but scrappy, and he’s been asked to broaden his shoulders this season by Coach Tom Verbanic. He not only runs and passes from under center, but he’s asked to handle all of the kicking duties – including kickoffs, punts and extra points.
“It’s definitely a difficult task, trying to balance those,” said Peterson, who was a backup last year and has never kicked in his career. “Right after you score a touchdown, and you have to settle down and kick an extra point, it’s definitely a tough task, you know?”
Most quarterbacks across the region, if not all, don’t know. Peterson’s versatility was on full display in last week’s 60-0 win over Saint James, when he threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and kicked six extra points.
He doesn’t allow himself to get too rambunctious after scoring a touchdown for Flint Hill — he’s accounted for 15 of them this season, either running or passing — because that could compromise his focus as a kicker on the next play. It’s a juxtaposition that is new to Peterson, but one that has carried Flint Hill’s scoring this season and has the Huskies, who face Maret (3-3) this weekend, right in the thick of things in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
“If we lose one game, ending up winning the MAC conference is going to be tough,” said Peterson. “There’s definitely a pressure to motivate the whole team to get better, because you can’t just switch on when game time comes.”