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Winding path finally results in starting job for Poston Butte QB

Posted by on August 21, 2013 – 4:13 pm

Anthony Whomble was in a tight race for the starting quarterback job at Poston Butte last season, but one day after the team’s preseason scrimmage, a family situation forced him to move to Colorado.

By October he had returned to Arizona and was back with the Broncos’ football team, but by then Robert Herrera was entrenched as the starter. Whomble threw six passes in mop-up duty in the season finale against Apache Junction but that was his only playing time all year.

“He was coming in and learning stuff (as a junior), doing a good job,” Poston Butte coach Mike De La Torre said. “He very well could have been (the starter).”

It’s been a bumpy high school ride for Whomble, who was at Dobson for his first two years of high school but missed his sophomore season due to an injury. Now, though, he has found some stability, earning the starting job due to his performance with the Broncos over the summer. De La Torre said Whomble has done a good job of dealing with the tumult of last year.

“That’s one of his greatest strengths,” De La Torre said. “He’s an even-keeled kid.”

Poston Butte will face off with defending Division III champion Queen Creek in the regular season opener for both teams on Friday.

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