Williams Field starting quarterback Jeddediah Fagg will miss the rest of the playoffs due to a broken collarbone, according to Black Hawks coach Steve Campbell.
Campbell said Fagg was injured late in the third quarter of the Black Hawks' 42-22 victory over Higley on Friday night. He was tackled immediately after releasing a pass, and Campbell said it was a clean play. He returned for one play but then left the game permanently.
Fagg, who's also committed to the University of Nevada for baseball, is a three-year starter at QB and threw for 203 yards and a touchdown against the Knights. He has 1,756 passing yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season, operating what Campbell called "maybe the best offense we've had the past month (in school history) because of our run-pass balance."
Cole Patterson will be the team's starting quarterback moving forward, including Friday night against No. 16 Avondale Agua Fria. Campbell said the offense and its schemes won't change significantly with Patterson under center.
"We have complete confidence in him," Campbell said. "We’ll get him reps and get him in game speed. He’s a good quarterback, he’s starting caliber on a lot of teams. He’s good, now we just have to get him game reps and make him feel comfortable."
Entering last Friday's game, Patterson was 5 of 12 for 83 yards and a touchdown this season.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.