DALLAS — Darian Guess is a wide receiver who can’t seem to get through a whole season at that position.
The problem for the Dallas Adamson senior isn’t injury — at least not for him.
I asked him what went through his mind when he found out he was back at quarterback again this year.
Darian smiled. “I was like, Oh crap,” he said.
For the third year in a row, the starting quarterback has gotten hurt, and Darian has gotten the call to take over.
“It just happened all over again,” said Darian.
“Bro, it happened again,” said his twin brother, Darius, when asked what was said when Darian learned he would play quarterback again. “Three years in a row.”
Darian also plays on defense — he’s a cornerback, playing opposite Darius, who doubles as a running back on offense. But with no viable quarterback behind Darian, his defensive duties are being limited.
“Is coach putting the bubble wrap on you?” I asked Darian.
“Yeah,” he said.
“That’s why I try to keep him off the defense, as much as possible,” said Darius. “We really don’t have no good, reliable second-string now.”
Adamson began the season with a different offense — gone is the Wing T. The Leopards spread it out now.
“We had the big linemen. We had a couple big, bruising running backs from year to year, and that just changed all of the sudden,” said Adamson head coach Josh Ragsdale. “All of the sudden we had tons of skill kids. We knew we had to get creative and find ways to get more people the ball.”
It’s worked well so far. Adamson is off to a 4-0 start, and the Leopards have a very experienced backup leading the way.