Former Big Red quarterback's future now with Blue Raiders

Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 9:00pm

Former Montgomery Bell Academy standout quarterback Spencer Wise is transferring from Samford (Ala.) to Middle Tennessee State University where he will have his full complement of four years of eligibility remaining.

“I redshirted at Samford, so I still have four years,’’ Wise (5-foot-10, 190 punds), who added he will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA rules, said. “It (MTSU) looked like a much better situation for me. I really like coach Rick Stockstill and the guys on the team.

“I got a few reps in their spring practice, and I thought I did pretty well. I think it’s a good fit for me.”

With Blue Raiders’ standout quarterback Dwight Dasher going into his final season this fall, it would appear Wise would go into the 2011 season with a decent shot at playing time in a battle for the position with others who haven’t played much.

Wise led the unbeaten Big Red (13-0) to the DII state championship his junior season. He led Nashville with 2,000 passing yards his senior year (2008) when he was a Mr. Football finalist. The Big Red lost to eventual champ MUS in the semifinals.

He was 23-2 in his two years as a starter.

“I’m excited for him,” MBA coach Daniel McGugin who last year called Wise “the smartest football player I’ve ever coached,” said. “He transferred in February and, I understand, had a good spring practice.”

Big Red passes tests in passing camps: Speaking of MBA quarterbacks, junior Aaron Simonis performed well in the 7-on-7 camp at MBA last Wednesday, as well as in the Vanderbilt camp Friday and Saturday.

“He was injured to start off with last fall but when he came in late in the season, he played well and was key reason we got to the state finals,” McGugin said. “He gives us a lot of experience.”

McGugin cited receivers senior junior Austin Blackwell, who made all-tournament at Vanderbilt, and senior John Hughart, as being especially effective in the Vanderbilt camp.

“The camps in no way reflect how we might or might not do to start the season,” McGugin said. “It does give us a way to practice and fine tune our passing techniques.”

McKinley ready to guide McGavock: Kody McKinley is ready to do some winning for McGavock.

“We’ve got a new offense, high tempo,” the Raiders’ senior said after looking sharp during the Raiders segments in the MBA 7-on-7 passing camp last week.

“We’re running a spread, a wing T, and I have so many good receivers to throw to, a ton of them,” the rangy 6-3, 175-pounder said. “I can’t wait to start the season.”

Asked if a playoff berth was in the works, he said, “Yes, for sure.”

“We are strong at the quarterback position,” new coach Jay Gore said.

Gore noted that McKinley is in a dual with junior Pressley Gamble for the starting spot.

McGavock, which has only one playoff win in school history, hopes to change that this season. The Raiders made the playoffs last year but lost in the first round.

“We have three basic goals during a game – overcome, persevere and hold on,” Gore said. “Lots of teams have great first halves, then fade. We want to finish strong, persevere in the fourth quarter when things get tough.”

Stratford tries to end streak: Stratford, which also competed the MBA camp, is trying to erase the memory of last year’s dismal 0-10 disaster in which the Spartans scored but 52 points.

They return senior quarterback Jonathan Shuler, one of the bright spots in the otherwise drab campaign. Coach Jason Smith said sophomore Quan Horton would battle Shuler for playing time.

“We’re counting on Jonathan to make a big impact offensively, he can also double as receiver,’’ Smith said. “We have some good receivers as well, with Oliver Lewis one of the really good ones. We’re pretty young, we only have three senior starters.’’

Finding a QB is challenge for Phillips at Whites Creek: Mose Phillips is ready for new challenges as boss at Whites Creek after three seasons at Hillwood.

One of the main ones is finding a quarterback to replace standout Jay Booker from last year’s Class 4A state playoff semifinal team. He said Sebastian Kertchavel, James Nelson and Donovan Trotter are in a three-way battle for the position.

“We just don’t know yet,” Phillips said. “What I’m looking for is someone who won’t necessarily win the game, just someone who will manage the game.”

He added that the running game would feature senior Jonjuan Dotson and junior Kendall Kendricks.

“The word I would use for our team would be ‘hungry,’” Phillips, 37, said after he spoke to his team following the 7-on-7 camp. “We need to show up every game.

“We’re young, with a lot of sophomores and juniors, but we have some real talent. The opportunity is there if we work hard.”

CPA 7-on-7 features Fathers vs. Sons: Christ Presbyterian Academy will host its own 7-on-7 passing event Thursday night. It should prove to be a lively event.

Coach Jay Mathews announced a “Fathers vs. Sons” game in which the Lion backs and receivers will go against their dads, which will definitely bring some family bragging rights to the dinner table.

Metro Jamboree set: The pairings recently were announced for the 42nd Metro Jamboree, a three-day event, which starts Aug. 12.

That night at Pearl-Cohn, it’s Hunters Lane vs. Pearl-Cohn, followed by Maplewood vs. Glencliff. Action starts at 7 p.m.

On Aug. 13 (beginning 6 p.m.) at Overton, it’s Overton vs. Hillsboro, followed by Hillwood vs. Lipscomb and Cane Ridge vs. East Lit.

On Aug. 14 (beginning at 7 p.m.) at McGavock, it’s McGavock vs. Whites Creek, followed by Antioch vs. Stratford.

All segments are two quarters each.