Seton QB situation worked out better than most
It is, as Seton Catholic coach Rex Bowser has noted a few times in the past few weeks, a good problem to have.
Two quarterbacks – Ryan Bresnahan and David Gesicki – are both starter-worthy at most high schools in the state; two kids who can throw the ball with zip and accuracy, one with a quicker release (Bresnahan) and the other with more mobility (Gesicki).
But it can turn into a nightmare, a fracturing of a team or within the participants themselves at the most important position on the field.
Bresnahan was the incumbent starter from last year’s Div. IV semifinal team. He’d thrown for 3,291 yards, 51 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2011. He was 36 of 59 passing with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in his first three games of 2012 (all Seton wins) when he broke his hand against Tempe Prep, the team’s lone loss of the season.
Gesicki came on in relief that day and for the rest of the regular season. Including the playoffs, he’s completed 74 percent of his passes for 1,747 yards, 24 touchdown and three interceptions this year, and ran for 400 yards and nine more scores.
Since Bresnahan returned from injury at the end of the regular season, the two have platooned during the playoffs. After an easy win against Chinle, Bresnahan threw four touchdown passes in the quarterfinal comeback win against Cottonwood Mingus. Gesicki was 9 of 10 for 130 yards and two touchdowns last week in a blowout win over Show Low.
It’s worked out supremely well for Seton as it plays Lakeside Blue Ridge on Friday night in Flagstaff for the championship. Both are top-notch. Neither has done anything to lose the starting position, yet the old injured-starter-returns-to-his-job-or-red-hot-backup conundrum.
Bowser wasn’t going to listen to any parental demands had they even surfaced. He went with both, and, to the kids’ credit, they’ve made it work.
“(Bresnahan) kept his head positive and they’ve accepted the roles,” senior receiver/defensive back/kicker Daniel Garlid said. “They support each other like crazy, which is awesome.”
He didn’t bring his quarterbacks to championship media days this week, in-part because he didn’t want them having to answer 100 questions about sharing time and how this process has unfolded.
Their teammates, however, had no problem chiming in.
“There was a little tension (when Bresnahan returned from injury) but after the first game, it was more of, ‘Let’s help each other and do this for the sake of trying to win a championship,’” senior receiver Matt Haggerty said. “It’s not very often you can get guys like that to buy in.”