MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

June 10, 2013

Working a friendly battle: Wagoner quarterbacking duo still ironing things out

By Ronn Rowland
Phoenix Sports Writer

— There is an old saying in football, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.”

That’s why this summer will be most important for Wagoner senior Corey Tipton and junior Jake Woodson.

The two are vying for the starting signal caller’s job, replacing the graduated Decarius Clark. Bulldogs’ coach Dale Condict says the decision could go right down to the season opener, especially after last week’s 7-on-7 drills with Hilldale.

“Seven on seven, it is what it is,” he said. “It’s not football, it’s practice. It’s relevant but it’s not going to determine how good you’re going to be in the fall. It’s good to work on throwing, catching and coverages.”

The 2013 season will mark the fourth straight year that a different quarterback has lined up under center for the Bulldogs. Clark succeeded Taylor Bosco, who was the starter in the 2011 state title season. Bosco followed Prince McJunkins, a three-year starter who led the Bulldogs to the 2010 state final.

“(Corey and Jake) each have their own strengths,” Condict said. “Corey is more of a pocket passer. He is very intelligent and a good decision-maker. Jake is a little more of a runner and a little bigger than Corey.”

While the strength of the Bulldogs’ offense is running the ball, Tipton knows that passing, at times, will be needed if Wagoner is to achieve its goals.

“There’s a lot of good things we’ve done,” Tipton said. “We just need to work on our timing. Even though the score hasn’t counted yet, we still need to get a lot better.”

Woodson seems to have adopted the same philosophy.

“Corey and I just need to keep working on our reads in the pocket,” Woodson said. “We know it’s going to be open, we just wait too long and we lose our pocket.”

Condict knows that there is still plenty of time for both young men to improve before a decision has to be made.

“We’re going to do this again Thursday and hopefully look a little better,” he said. “Then we’re going to do it again next Thursday. I saw some things at times that I liked. We still got a long ways to go and we have plenty of time to make up some ground.”