That’s Not Too Much to Ask, Right?
When I talked with Battlefield football Coach Mark Cox for our season previews about two weeks back, I remember him telling me something very specific about his quarterback, senior Bo Revell.
While Revell has a strong arm and has improved his decision-making every season since his sophomore year -- when he was lost early on with a broken thumb -- the Bobcats still do not want to become a one-dimensional team that relies entirely on Revell.
Cox said that, yes, Revell now has the latitude to check out of plays he feels may be ineffective against a certain defense, but that won’t translate into a five-wide, chuck-it-all-over-the-field offense either. And through two games this season -- wins over Lake Taylor and Potomac (Va.) -- Cox has been true to his word.
“We’ve tried to achieve a balance,” said Cox by phone on Thursday afternoon.
During the team’s season opener, a 21-7 win over Lake Taylor, Revell completed 7 of his 15 passes for 109 yards and two scores; he wasn’t intercepted. Then Thursday night as the Bobcats moved to 2-0 with a 20-17 win over Potomac (Va.), Revell threw for 133 yards on 9-of-15 passing, with no interceptions and a touchdown.
So for the season, that’s a stat line that looks like this: 16-30-0-242, with three touchdown passes to three receivers while completing 53.3 percent. Not bad for the On-the-Bubble Preseason All-Met performer, who remains uncommitted despite generating significant recruiting interest because of his size (6-6, 220) and ability.
“Fifteen [attempts] is probably is a busy night for him -- so far,” Cox said of Revell’s performance against Potomac. “But I thought he had a pretty good game. What you don’t see in the stats . . . he had to run the ball a couple times, he had people all over him in the backfield and he’s still throwing the ball.”
Indeed, Revell did carry eight times against Potomac for 40 yards and a touchdown.
While still modest, some other statistics for the Bobcats have been noteworthy thus far, too. Running back Nagee Jackson, a transfer from Bowie High School, has carried 33 times for 168 yards, a per-carry average of 5.1. He’s also scored twice. Blaine Mason has caught three Revell passes for 45 yards, while Bobo Beathard has four receptions for 70 yards and a score. Chris Wendle and Jamie Robinson have been on the receiving end of Revell’s other two touchdowns.
“We have some kids that are making some big plays for us, which we didn’t have in the past,” Cox said.
Battlefield, which went 10-0 during the regular season last fall but was upset by Osbourn in the Northwest Region semifinals, will play its third consecutive home game a week from tonight on Sept. 11, squaring off with another dynamic quarterback in Osbourn Park’s Dominique Terrell.
September 4, 2009; 2:42 PM ET
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