It was 6 p.m. Sunday when East football coach Brian Byers sent quarterback Dominic Webb and a handful of receivers home. They had spent the previous five hours at Byers’ house watching video from Friday’s loss to Kapaun Mount Carmel, along with college football games on TV.
“This is what they’ve been doing since last spring,” Byers said. “We have not had football junkies before. It was always that football was second to them.
“But this is what they do. We took them to 7-on-7 all summer because they wanted to go. In the past years we had trouble getting kids because they had baseball or basketball.”
Webb and the East receivers — Willie Edwards, Xavier Kelly, Joseph Patrick, David Kaufman — have a strong connection. Webb had 332 passing yards in the season opener, using six receivers. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.
“He’s a good athlete,” Byers said of Webb. “He has good speed, quickness. He reads coverages pretty well. He throws a pretty good ball, and he’s getting better at throwing all types of passes.… He brings a lot of things to the table that we’ve needed to have at quarterback.”
When East (0-1, 0-1 City League) plays at Carroll (1-0, 1-0) at 7 Friday night, the Aces could have their biggest test of the season against an established, hard-hitting Carroll secondary.
East’s receivers, though, are big, fast targets.
Kelly and Edwards are getting significant attention from college coaches. Byers said college coaches have timed Edwards (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Patrick is a couple inches shorter, but has similar speed.
Kaufman (6-2, 205) has the best hands on the team, according to Byers, while Kelly (6-5, 220) runs a 4.7 40-yard dash.