Red Devils riding quarterback carousel
By CONOR NICHOLL
The Oberlin-Decatur Community High School football team has several strengths. The Red Devils rank No. 10 in Class 2-1A scoring defense at 123 points allowed. Senior Dayton Dreher has put together a fine season with 105 carries for 647 yards and 11 scores and 78 tackles, all team-bests.
Oberlin has forced 19 turnovers and recovered three fumbles last week in a 12-6 loss to Oakley, which has one loss and is ranked No. 5 in Class 2-1A in the statewide media poll. However, the Red Devils (3-4, 1-1 Class 2-1A, District 7) have a revolving door at quarterback.
"As a coach, you kind of feel bad, because we have no set quarterback really," coach Joe Dreher said.
Three players have seen significant time under center. As of Monday night, Dreher was uncertain who would start Friday's key home district contest against Ellis (3-4, 2-0).
"From week to week, me and my assistant coaches talk about it," Dreher said. "We will see what happens this week."
Dayton Dreher, the coach's son, junior Kelden Breth and sophomore Noah Nelson have played at least four games and combine for 34 of 73 passing for 368 yards with no touchdowns against four interceptions. Dreher started at QB last season on a 4-6 team.
"It's nice to have guys like Nelson and Breth that can come in and play quarterback, and you feel confident with them in there," Coach Dreher said.
The Red Devils started 1-3 against a difficult schedule. Before Week 5 against St. Francis, the assistant coaches convinced Coach Dreher to move Dayton to tailback. Dayton was fine with the move; Oberlin has moved around several positions, including senior Kennedy Fortin, who has switched from fullback to tackle/guard.
"When they will do that for you, that's a team effort," Dreher said.
He rushed 19 times for 156 yards and three scores. Senior running back Chris Anderson suffered an ankle injury in the contest, but should return Friday. Both Breth and Nelson played QB versus St. Francis and again versus Perkins County, Neb.
All three players tossed at least one pass last Friday, but Nelson threw 11 of the team's 13 throws.
"Dayton at tailback, we are all right with that, too," Coach Dreher said. "It's nice to have the versatility that we have on offense."