Around the Northern Region, there has been more talk about the quarterback named Caleb who left West Potomac — junior Caleb Henderson, who transferred to Lake Braddock — than the quarterback who took his spot at West Potomac — senior Caleb Williams.

To the Wolverines, who were one win away from the Virginia AAA Division 6 Northern Region final last year, Williams is not “the other Caleb” or “Caleb II.” He’s their quarterback.

Williams asserted himself in that role in a 34-7 season-opening win at Mount Vernon by completing six of nine passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, with his predecessor in attendance.

Williams did not play football as a sophomore and was the junior varsity quarterback as a junior. He was figuring to play running back this season until the quarterback job opened.

“Pieces just fell into place and it just happened to be me,” Williams said back at West Potomac after the win. “I got a team here that needs me, so I just stepped up to the leadership role. It was nerve-wracking. It’s a lot of pressure on me.”

“Caleb’s one of those guys who wants the pressure,” said first-year West Potomac Coach Jeremiah Davis, who picked up his first win as head coach. “I love that about him.”

Junior Demornay Pierson-El, a second-team all-Northern Region receiver last year who was “real close” to transferring to Episcopal, carried 10 times for 114 yards, including touchdowns of 63 (on the first play of the game) and 16 yards.

West Potomac hosts No. 13 Centreville on Friday.

Examining T.C. Williams’s rout of Wakefield

So T.C. Williams’s 73-0 season-opening win over Wakefield, a 52-0 game at half, was a yawner, huh? Well, how about this:

●It was the most lopsided Titans win in school history.

●Early in the game, at the officials’ request, new chain crew members were recruited to replace the young adults on the crew.

●T.C. junior defensive back Tyrice Henry had the rare two-fer of scoring on a free kick and an interception.

●One of the girls on the T.C. team, junior Tiffany Person, caught a pass in the second half.

●Wakefield senior Khory Moore, a returning second-team all-region receiver, played quarterback. The returning signal-caller, sophomore Zane Khokhar, spent much of the preseason in Pakistan because of a death in the family.

●And most important of all, T.C. Coach Dennis Randolph, who had to leave the team last season to battle pancreatic cancer, made his triumphant return to the sideline, thin but thankful.

The Titans host No. 11 Westfield on Saturday.