ST. ALBANS, W.Va. - A year after implementing the zone-read offense, St. Albans Coach Steve Stoffel Jr. and the Red Dragons football team expect to take command of the system and control of their future.
Last season, St. Albans finished 2-8 behind the spread scheme, a shift from the program's traditional I-formation, in Stoffel's first year directing the Red Dragons. Now that the team understands the principles and responsibilities of his offense, Stoffel said greater success will follow.
"The first year, it's a tough transition for kids coming from the style they were used to playing," he said. "We're excited about the future. We've got a bunch of kids out here every day working at it and they've made a commitment to get better, so we're looking forward to see what happens this year."
With such an offense, the biggest role lies with the quarterbacks.
"They've got to be able to take command of our team, our program and our players on the field," Stoffel said.
Senior Taylor Clark and junior Noah Reed rotated at quarterback last season, with Reed receiving seven starts and Clark three. Sophomore Jacob Grigsby and junior Ryan Broderick will also compete for the starting role in 2013, Stoffel said. Reed completed 90 of 165 passes for 1,248 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year.
"We're going to have a competition to see who's going to provide us with the best opportunity to win on Friday nights," he said.
Whoever emerges as the starter must be poised and ready to make quick, smart decisions from the line of scrimmage, because the Dragons are ready to roll in year two of the zone-read, Stoffel said.
"They have to have more confidence in what they're doing, but they also have to be able to understand that I'm going to put more on their plate now, all of them," he said. "They have to put in some time to understand what we want and what we're looking for when we lineup.
"That's what we're doing right now during this three-week period. We're coaching the little things, trying to get them to understand what we're looking for and the reasons we do certain things that we do, so they have the confidence to make those decisions on Friday nights for us."