Warriors turn to No. 3 QB

It’s tough for most 11-man football teams that are down to their third quarterback.

Imagine the challenge it presents a 6-man team.

Peniel Baptist Academy doesn’t have to imagine.

Already missing their original starter, David Dennin, with a broken arm, the 2-2 Warriors lost Daunte Morgan with a hip injury two weeks ago and head toward Starke tonight to face Hope Christian Academy with their No. 3 quarterback, Gage Tibbs.

It’s not that hard for Peniel to imagine. Tibbs has started at quarterback before, when the team played 8-man football.

“He’s actually the best passer of the three,” said Warriors coach Terry Goodwin. “We’re confident Gage will do a good job. If he throws the ball the way he has in practice this week, we’ll be fine.”

Tibbs threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Zach Bush after taking over for Morgan in Peniel’s last game, a 39-28 loss to Lakeland Geneva Classical Academy Sept. 30. Tibbs also returned an onside kick for a touchdown against Geneva. The Warriors’ game with Hernando Christian last Friday was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.

Even without Morgan, who had a 30-yard touchdown run before getting hurt in Lakeland, Peniel does not want for playmakers. Goodwin identified Bush and Austin Spedden as top targets along with Andrew Dennin, Blake Comer and Nate Tibbs.

Like the Warriors, Hope’s Lions are 2-2. The teams have two common opponents. Each lost by four to Gainesville Cornerstone – 38-34 for Peniel, 42-38 for Hope – but where the Warriors blasted Village View 46-0, the Lions wound up in a 42-30 shootout.

Goodwin isn’t sure what to make of the scores, but considers them a balanced team. Quarterback Johnny Daughtery rarely misses, completing 34 of 40 for 580 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s also rushed for 404 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 11.9 yards per carry. Luke Smith is the leading receiver with 10 catches for 262 yards and two scores. Daughtery has spread his TD tosses among five receivers.

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