Ross, Fleming share snaps as ACCS’ two-headed quarterback monster

Published 12:12 am Friday, August 24, 2012

Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat — Brandon Ross, left, and Trey Fleming are sharing time at quarterback this season for the Adams County Christian School football team. Ross serves as a more prototypical quarterback, while Fleming provides more of a running threat.

NATCHEZ — Brandon Ross and Trey Fleming won’t be fighting over snaps tonight against Hillcrest Christian School.

Both of the quarterbacks for Adams County Christian School will look to lead the Rebels to victory, but there’s no selfishness in this two-quarterback system.

“Whatever helps the team is OK with for me,” Ross said. “If I have to go to tight end, I will. If speed is needed and Trey has to go in, that’s fine with me. I know what my speed is.”

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While Ross is more of a pocket passer, Fleming serves as the running threat behind center. Fleming’s preferred position is wide receiver, but like Ross, he also said personal tastes take a backseat to the team’s best interest.

“I do what I need to do to help the team out,” Fleming said. “I’m not a selfish person. If the team wants me to play quarterback, I will.”

ACCS head coach David King said it’s not the first time he’s ever run a two-quarterback system. He pointed to Stevan Ridley’s senior year at Trinity Episcopal Day School as an example.

“We played Ridley at quarterback when Parker Brumfield was our pro-style quarterback,” King said. “This is very similar to that in terms of roles.”

But King stressed that the two-quarterback system was not set in stone for the entire season. The team is simply experimenting with what works and trying to figure out each player’s roles.

“I’m not going to pigeon hole myself in one facet and then have nothing in week four (if it doesn’t work) and have to start over,” King said.

One of the disadvantages to a two-quarterback system is a lack of repetitions in practice, King said. In addition, one player could get hot while playing under center, then they could bring in the other player and mess up the rhythm of the offense.

There’s also a chance that the replacement quarterback could come in “cold,” but Ross said he’s not worried about that.

“I play middle linebacker on defense, so I’m good to go back in whenever,” Ross said. “I’m active throughout the game, so I don’t have a chance to get cold.”

Former ACCS quarterback Johnny Smith compared Ross and Fleming to LSU tandem Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson. Fleming said he understands the comparison of himself to Jefferson.

“He was more of the run-first guy (for LSU),” Fleming said. “You can never leave him by himself, because he’ll take off. That’s kind of how I model my game.”

Ross also said he sees the comparison between his game and Lee’s.

“He was more of the passer and the guy to keep it going,” Ross said. “He was in there for the tough plays, but you put Jordan Jefferson in for the huge plays.”

Ross and Fleming both get along well, and they both make fun of each other from time to time. Fleming has a dyed blonde faux hawk fade similar to former LSU cornerback Tryann Mathieu, something Ross kids him about.

“It’s his Tyrann Mathieu trying-to-look-alike (look), but we all call him Caramel,” Ross joked.

Ross’ curly, messy hair doesn’t escape Fleming’s notice, either.

“He has an afro,” Fleming joked. “I love his hair.”

All kidding aside, both players said they admire each other for their team-first attitudes.

“He’s a great teammate,” Ross said. “You never hear something negative come out of his mouth. That’s why I like him a lot.”

Fleming said Ross is an extremely hard worker who also has a good attitude.

“Whatever you ask him to do, he’s going to find a way to do it,” Fleming said.

ACCS versus Hillcrest

King said tonight’s home opener should feature an improved Rebels team as they take on Hillcrest.

“Hillcrest is a Triple-A team, and they’re not a typical powerhouse, but they have some really good size and athletes,” King said.

Most of the focus has been on the Rebels themselves, King said. He said he felt like he threw too much at his players last week, so he’s simplified things this week in practice.

“At this point, we’re still trying to learn who we are,” King said. “I feel like we’ll be much-improved this week.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. today at ACCS.