Pictured: Quarterback Colin Skene at Saturday’s practice with Middletown assistant Kelly Ellis.
By Paul Augeri
MIDDLETOWN – First-year varsity player Colin Skene will be Middletown’s starting quarterback when the Blue Dragons open their season Friday night at Berlin.
The 6-foot-3 Skene, a sophomore, and senior Matt Steuerwald – also a first-year varsity player — were competing for the role.
Middletown coach Sal Morello said it wasn’t as if Steuerwald, who will play wide receiver and defensive back, “lost out” in the competition.
“Skene has real upside to him. He has an above-average, strong arm for his age and he can run,” Morello said. “Matt, we feel we can use in other areas. Matt’s a smart kid and we love him. He knows the position, but we can use him at receiver on the outside to give us some depth there. And he’s going to be on defense. Matt’s a player.”
That Skene is lined up to grow into the role over the next three years was a factor in putting him under center, Morello said.
“Colin has enough confidence right now and a real good football IQ,” the coach said. “He can run it and run the offense. We’re good there.”
Steuerwald was chosen to be one of Friday’s game between the Blue Dragons and Redcoats, the schools’ first meeting since 2009, kicks off at 7 p.m. at Sage Park in Berlin.
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