The quarterback experiment lasted all of three weeks for Seneca Valley's T.J. Radzilowski.
The Screaming Eagles' coaching staff had him behind center for much of the preseason, and the prospect of a 6-foot-1, 225-pound wrecking ball behind center presented a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses. But both the senior and his coaches decided No. 13 Seneca Valley would be better served by playing Radzilowski where he felt most comfortable -- just about anywhere else on the field.
The Eagles made sophomore Antonio Jones the starter at quarterback less than a week before the season opener, a move that said as much about the progression of Jones as the need to have Radzilowski -- the team's defensive MVP last season with 117 tackles -- devote his attention to both sides of the ball. While his primary role is at inside linebacker, he also rotates between defensive end and safety. On offense, he plays fullback and tailback, and occasionally will line up under center in certain packages.
"We all felt it would be better if they could use me in a lot of different areas," said Radzilowski, who ran for 55 yards on five carries in a 35-7 win over Wheaton on Friday. "If they put me in a lot of different areas, the defense can't key on me in one position. . . . I don't know what it is, it just comes natural to me."
Jones, meantime, impressed in his debut, completing 13 of 20 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown.
"He played like an upperclassman on Friday night," Coach Fred Kim said of Jones. "The big thing is how he handled a lot of his progression reads. I don't think he made a wrong read in the passing game."
The Eagles are banking on strong showings from both Radzilowski and Jones on Friday when they face crosstown rival Northwest, the defending 3A state champs whose only loss last season came against the Eagles, 36-35.