David Haynes had a good showing as the quarterback for the Silver team during Thursday night’s Guyer spring game, throwing two touchdown passes to Erik Ramon and leading his team to a 21-17 win in the spring finale.
But if the Wildcats see everything go their way this fall, the junior-to-be will not be throwing too many passes.
Then again, Haynes is not the average backup quarterback, and still will play a large role in the defending Class 4A Division I state champions’ offense during the 2013 season.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the second-best quarterback in our district,” Guyer coach John Walsh said, implying that his starter, Jerrod Heard, is the only one with an edge on Haynes. “If David played for us, we’d put up big points and big yards.
“The thing I hate for him tonight is he’s developed into a great receiver for us. You got a glimpse of [wide receiver Alex] Honey, and if you add David to the mix there we’re pretty lethal. Knowing we have him in our back pocket at quarterback is nice, though. We’re going to play him at quarterback this year when Jerrod has gotten his work in. He’ll get his time [at quarterback], but he’ll be big for us on the outside [at receiver] too.”
The quarterback job at Guyer very well could be Haynes’ in 2014 when he is a senior. The playing time under center in 2013 will be hogged by Heard, a Texas commit who accounted for seven touchdowns in December’s state championship victory.
Heard had a solid spring game himself, rushing for a touchdown and a two-point conversion while also completing seven of 13 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was Honey, who caught three balls for 100 yards and a 61-yard touchdown from Heard.
Heard had eight carries for 16 yards, a number that was deceiving considering any touch on Heard meant the play was dead, as he was wearing a yellow jersey that signaled he could not be hit. Several plays that went for a loss could have become big gains on the ground, which had Heard frustrated at times.
“They could’ve given me like two seconds just to get a pass off or something, but it was fine,” Heard said. “Going against that defense — we’re going have a great defense this year.”
Walsh said he wasn’t surprised to see some animated frustration from his senior-to-be quarterback.
“Jerrod understands not being able to be hit, but when people are in the stands watching he wants to put on a little bit of a show,” Walsh said. “High school football is entertainment and he didn’t get to entertain tonight, and that was a little frustrating to him.”
Haynes showed with his performance that he plans on playing in the fall for the Wildcats, and playing a lot.
Haynes, who stands 6 feet 2 inches, finished the night as the winning quarterback after going 8-of-9 for 197 yards and the two touchdowns to Ramon, including a 77-yard score on his first completion of the night. His first pass attempt fell incomplete before he completed his final eight attempts.
Haynes has taken reps at wide receiver throughout the spring and worked at the position sparingly in 2012, but he figures to be a central figure in the Wildcats’ passing game in 2013, even if it is on the receiving end.
“For-sure first downs is what he gives you,” Heard said of Haynes. “You can literally throw it anywhere and he’ll go get it. He’s one of those athletes you can’t just have on the sidelines just sitting. We had to find a place to get him out there.”
No matter what Haynes does under center once the lights come on this fall, he knows he always will have some bragging rights over his fellow Guyer quarterback.
“Always,” Haynes said with a big smile. “I’m going to have this over him [Heard] for a very long time.
“I love playing quarterback. That’s where my heart’s at. It’s always fun to compete, especially with someone like Jerrod.”
ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.