Unless, of course, a team has two talented quarterbacks, each of whom deserves playing time. La Mirada High School coach Dave Rush found himself in that situation, with returning lettermen Tony Minero and Trever Blood vying for the starting nod. Most football coaches try avoid splitting time between quarterbacks. It is believed to be more important to establish a leadership role, find someone to fill it and stick with it. Using two quarterbacks can create a state of confusion, a lack of consistency and rhythm in overall offensive execution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Rush has chosen to alternate the two players, with Minero usually starting the game and Blood taking over in the second quarter. At the beginning of the season, Rush indicated the coaching staff was waiting to see which player stepped forward first. Four games into the season, the team had posted an even 2-2 record and Minero and Blood were about even in their performances. Friday night’s 21-14 win over Bellflower may have changed all that. After a scoreless first quarter in which Minero was 0-for-4 passing, Blood came off the sideline to complete six of 10 passes for 140 yards, two touchdowns and a 14-3 lead. In the second half, when Bellflower was trying to regroup and rally, Blood led the Matadores offense by taking over the running game, gaining 59 yards on 11 carries, including a 36-yard scoring sprint. He finished the game with 92 yards on 19 carries. It wasn’t so much the number of yards he gained in the second half as it was when and how he gained them. Running mostly from a shotgun formation, there wasn’t a lot of mystery as to who was going to carry the ball, but he picked his way around and through the Buccaneers’ defense to take time off the clock, and with it, greatly reduce the visitors’ chances for a comeback. Two days later, Rush was noncommittal about any change in philosophy concerning the quarterback situation. “Trever really stepped up as a team leader,” Rush said. “He improved in all aspects of his game: passing, running, punting. He really helped us. Trever proved he needs to play every game.” But did he earn the starting role? “We have two very talented quarterbacks,” Rush said. “We’ve tried to make it clear that both of them are great athletes, and that we’d give them both fair shots at playing time. That hasn’t changed.” Rush also had kind words for receiver Justin Pooler, who had two big catches, one of them setting up a touchdown, the other sustaining possession late in the contest. “His two plays were critical,” Rush said. “He was a late-comer to the program, but he’s proved his ability. We knew he was a talented athlete.” Pooler enrolled at La Mirada and was a member of the freshman football team, but he transferred to St. Paul where he did not play football but was one of the area’s best baseball pitchers the past two years, leading the Swordsmen to the Division V championship game last spring. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!