BROOKLAND — First-year Brookland head coach Eric Munoz worked four quarterbacks prior to the season before settling on senior Cole Doke to lead the Bearcats’ offense.
Another competition is underway this week.
Doke suffered a season-ending collarbone injury in last week’s 41-21 loss at Nettleton, Munoz said. Seniors Kolin Lamberson and Ethan Gallion are working at quarterback as Brookland prepares for Friday night’s game at Greene County Tech.
“We’re trying to find out exactly where we want to go with the offense,” Munoz said Tuesday. “We’ve got two guys we’re looking at to see how they can handle it in practice this week, and we’ll get to Friday and make a decision on where we’re going to go.”
Doke completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 658 yards in four-plus games. He was injured in the third quarter of last week’s game.
After playing Nettleton to a 7-7 tie in the first half, the Bearcats (1-4, 0-2 5A-East) fell behind 34-7 in the third quarter before cutting into the deficit with a late rally. Munoz said Doke’s injury was a shock to his team.
“It took a little bit of time for them to get over that shock and after they did, they started playing again and we were just fine,” Munoz said. “We’d like to have that third quarter back, but I’m proud of the way our kids fought to the end. They never gave up, and that’s something to say about the character of our team.”
Running backs Joseph Wright and Kaden Matthews both took direct snaps against Nettleton. Matthews finished the night with 188 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, while Wright had 128 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
Wright and Matthews have combined for 931 yards rushing. Wright has 474 yards and eight touchdowns on 89 carries in four games. Matthews is up to 457 yards and a touchdown on 73 carries.
GCT (3-2, 1-1) is coming off a 27-0 loss at Wynne, which is ranked second in Class 5A. The Golden Eagles trailed 7-0 at halftime.
Eagle running back David Williams has 491 yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries. Quarterback Christian Barber has passed for 614 yards while completing 50 percent of his attempts.
“Just from what I’ve known from the 5A-East, they’re definitely one of the most improved teams I’ve seen on tape. They play hard, they tackle, they’ve got a good offense with a good running back and good quarterback,” Munoz said.
“They’re going to make us earn it for sure. The kids are looking forward to it. We’re excited to go right down the road and play this game. It should be a good one.”