Hoggard clarifies comments on QB battle

By Shawn Stinson

December 4, 2013

Shawn Stinson

Sports editor

ROCKINGHAM — It appears as if there will be a quarterback battle after all.

Richmond Senior football coach Paul Hoggard in a phone interview earlier this week said he wanted to clarify his comments in a story which appeared in the Nov. 27 edition of The Richmond County Daily Journal.

Hoggard said his son, Luke, and Tyler Calhoun will compete for the starting quarterback job for the Raiders next season.

“If he doesn’t get hurt, if he continues to make progress and he doesn’t get beat out by competition, he has a chance to be quarterback for the next three years,” Hoggard said about his son.

Hoggard added “there is a chance he (Calhoun) could be moved to receiver,” but he could be given the opportunity to remain at quarterback.

Luke Hoggard started the final two games of the season for Richmond. He led the team to a 55-27 victory over Lake Norman in the first round of the state 4AA playoffs. He completed three of his four passing attempts for 60 yards and a touchdown.

In his second career varsity start, the younger Hoggard was pulled after halftime in favor of Brent Flowers in the second round game at Northwest Guilford. Hoggard was 1 for 6 for 12 yards and an interception in the 31-12 loss to the Vikings.

For the season, he was 4 of 11 for 72 yards with a touchdown and an interception. As a runner, Luke Hoggard rushed seven times for 15 yards.

Calhoun guided the junior varsity team to a 10-0 mark this season and the team averaged 45.2 points a game. In limited action with the varsity, Calhoun didn’t attempt a pass, but rushed six times for 14 times and a touchdown.

Flowers started the first eight contests this season before suffering a thumb injury in the victory over Purnell Swett. Flowers missed the Lumberton game before returning to action against Pinecrest. In the loss to the Patriots, Flowers suffered a leg injury in the first quarter.

Montek Johnson served as the emergency starting quarterback against Lumberton, replaced an injured Flowers in the Pinecrest game and started against Scotland in the regular-season finale.

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