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Starting quarterback for Stevenson football to be a game-day decision

Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle during the National Anthem in 2011.
Stevenson head coach Ed Hottle during the National Anthem in 2011. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

The microscope is on quarterbacks Daniel Williams and Jeff Farrah, but Stevenson coach Ed Hottle said he likely won't name a starter until Saturday's home game against No. 22 Delaware Valley.

The Middle Atlantic Conference rivals play at 3 p.m. at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills.

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"It'll be a game-day decision," Hottle said Wednesday. "We're comfortable with it because both of them are probably going to play. So from our perspective, who the starter is, who walks out for the first play isn't as significant. It's similar to what we do on defense. We probably play seven or eight guys on the three-man front of the D-line, and they all probably play the same number of snaps. So who throws the first pass, who takes the first snap, we're just looking for that consistency."

Neither quarterback has been especially impressive. Farrah, a redshirt freshman who started the first two contests, has a higher completion percentage (50.0) and more passing yards (266). Williams, a freshman who has made the last three starts, leads in touchdown passes (three), but also leads in interceptions (six).

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Both quarterbacks played for the Mustangs (4-1 overall and 3-1 in the league) in their 31-10 loss to then-No. 23 Lycoming on Oct. 4, and Hottle said both could split time against the conference-leading Aggies (5-0, 4-0).

"Both of them do some things well," Hottle said. "So hopefully, they'll continue to grow as quarterbacks. These freshmen are tough sometimes. What goes unnoticed a lot in college football is the toll that the season takes on freshmen. It's longer, it's more intense, there's more filmwork, there's more practice time, there's lifting, and we expect our guys to excel in the classroom.

"They start to get tired, and that's something that we've watched very closely with the both of them. Jeff being a redshirt, there's a little more familiarity with the college lifestyle. But you don't see it in either one of their play up to this point in the season, which is a good thing."

Hottle said his decision on who will start against Delaware Valley will hinge on which quarterback has a greater command of the offense and is more consistent.

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"It's just a matter of developing relationships with receivers against certain coverages and things like that," Hottle said. "These guys haven't been around as long. They haven't been together very long at all. Some of these guys have been together for only eight weeks, and that's tough to build chemistry between a quarterback and a receiver. So that's something that we've worked on, something that we've talked about, and something that we're improving upon."

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