FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- With well over 100 high schools gearing up for football season in West Virginia, several begin without a quarterback who has started a regular-season game.
Herbert Hoover, however, holds two such players on its squad.
Senior Brenden Holbrook and junior Tyler Americo, each of whom started games last season, are locked in a battle for quarterbacking duties as the Class AA Huskies wage their preseason drills.
Holbrook (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) earned the start for last year's opener against Ravenswood and played well. However, he suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter and was sidelined until a cameo appearance in the final game.
In his absence, Americo (6-1, 169) took over the offense and pretty much ran the team the final nine games, passing for 575 yards and three touchdowns and running for 272 yards and two scores.
In about one full game of duty, Holbrook hit on all four of his throws for 90 yards and one TD and carried 17 times for 101 yards and another score.
The tandem also split duties under center in the final game of the 2011 season when starter Carter Coleman wasn't available.
Holbrook is the better runner of the two, and prefers to direct the veer offense. Americo is more of a drop-back passer.
Hoover coach Tim Meyer realizes it's both a blessing and a brain-scratcher to develop two quarterbacks in the preseason, but at this point has been preparing each equally for the starting role.
"I'd like to see us be able to use two quarterbacks,'' Meyer said Thursday between the Huskies' two workouts. "Both have different skill sets and there's really going to be situations where one of them might be better than the other, but then other situations where the first one will be better.
"As far as the reps go, it's been pretty even. We haven't been favoring one over the other or anything like that. Fortunately we only have two true quarterbacks, so when one is working with the varsity group, one is going to be working with the [junior varsity] group. I think we were rotating them every two plays today, switching them off.''
Holbook said he's returned to 100 percent health in the off-season and has no limitations for his run-oriented style.
"I'm a good runner,'' he said, "and I make pretty good decisions with the ball. I like the veer we run. I really enjoy that - it's a fit for me. When I run, I like to kind of run over people and hit them pretty hard.''
Americo obviously prefers the passing game, having attempted 137 throws in the Huskies' last 11 games.
"Definitely precision and motivation,'' Americo said of his strong points. "If my guys get down, I pick them right back up. If we need a clutch moment, I do everything I can just to get the first downs.''