BLACKSVILLE — It’s often said that more is merrier. Clay-Battelle football coach Ryan Wilson knows the feeling well.
As the Cee-Bees coast through preseason camp, spectators might notice a bit of variety under center. Returning is junior Seth Casino, who led the Cee-Bees to a 6-4 record in 2017. Casino proved a true field general, completing 70 percent of his passes for 712 yards and 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions. However, Casino won’t be alone this fall
Also seeing snaps is junior Levi Carrico, who lobbed 35 passes for C-B last season. Carrico was far from Casino’s impressive stat line, but has been progressing his arm and studying the position in the off-season; this has allowed Wilson to open up the quarterback position and have a little fun.
“There’s no battle currently going on — we’re simply going to interchange in our system,” Wilson said.
Wilson has found himself impressed with the dynamics of both athletes, and expects them each to contribute to the team in different ways. The opportunity provides an edge for the Cee-Bees that many Class A teams don’t have, and should help to cause fits for defensive coordinators across the Mason-Dixon Conference this fall.
“I really like what these guys have done with their skills. I can really see a difference,” Wilson said. “Seth will be taking most of our reps, but we’re fortunate to have Levi able to step in. They both bring something different to the game.”
Casino brings a dearth of experience to the field and a strong personality to the locker room — Wilson sees him as a key contributor and member of the roster.
“He’s taken on that leadership role. Last year’s experience really helped him; he’s reading the field better and making big plays,” he said.
Meanwhile, Carrico brings arm strength and an understanding of his role at the position — something which the Cee-Bees value heavily.
“Levi’s arm strength has drastically improved, and I think he better understanding of what we want from him while he’s in. That’s big,” Wilson said.
Casino also proves a speedy weapon at receiver, and C-B senior Hunter Brewer is excited for the dynamic Casino can bring in a different capacity with the passing game.
“They’re both great quarterbacks, but Seth has this talent at receiver,” he said. “Putting Levi back there lets us open Seth up on the outside.”
Brewer, who will be the main target of whoever is launching passes on a given play, has developed a chemistry with both players, ensuring that the offense runs into as few speed bumps as possible.
“Last year, I put in a lot of work with Seth. He was throwing us the ball all the time,” he said. “Levi, I just started working with this summer. He’s already learning how to get the ball to me though.”