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Oak Grove QB battle continues

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Oak Grove’s starting quarterback job may still be up for grabs. Two of the players competing for the gig seem to have the duties down pat.

“I’m not really worried about my adjustment,” senior Max Crawford said. “I’m more worried about just getting the ball to my play makers. I don’t have to do a whole lot. Obviously the play makers are going to do what they have to do.”

Pardon junior Tanner Slay if he sounds like a broken record.  

“It’s exciting,” Slay said. “Either one of us. I think we both can get the ball to our play makers. We’ve got Charles (Hartfield) on the outside who is tall. All you’ve got do is give him a chance at a ball. You’ve got Dwayne (Lee). Give him the ball early and he’ll make something happen on every single play. All of them can do something special with the ball.”

It would be wise for the Warriors’ quarterback to be well versed in the team’s offensive weapons. Hartfield, Lee, Justin Mary and Aaron Abram figure to be big time for Oak Grove in 2016.

The biggest question marks on the offensive side center around a new starting signal caller and four new starters along the offensive line.

The next couple weeks will be critical in naming a starter. Warriors head coach Drew Causey should be able to gain some insight following the team’s home Jamboree Friday against Purvis.

"We've still got a good battle going,” Causey said. “All those guys are playing extremely hard and doing a great job. Once we get some pads on and kind of figure out who steps up when it's game time."

This competition thing is not new to Crawford or Slay. They split duties under center on the junior varsity last year. Crawford’s season was cut short, though, after dislocating his left knee cap.

Crawford said he has fully recovered.

“It’s been very competitive,” Crawford said. "We’re competing every day, trying our best.”

While Crawford considers himself more of a pocket passer, Slay said he can scramble a little bit.

He added that regardless of who wins the gig, both want to see the best outcome for the team.

“We’ve been battling all summer long and so far in the fall,” Slay said. “We’ve just been pushing each other. We both want the best for each other. We want the best guy to start obviously.”

Crawford said, “We’re still friends. It’s not like we hate each other or anything like that. We’re still friends. We’re not hating on anybody.”

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