Colony defeated Los Altos, 35-7, to win the 2014 CIF-SS Central Division Title.
Colony football coach Steve Randall and offensive coordinator Kevin Davis had a huge decision on their hands this week as the Titans prep for the CIF title game against Los Altos on Saturday at Cerritos College.
The debate? Which quarterback to go with in the big game. The options – junior Josh Thompson the starter as a sophomore as well as this year until he sustained a broken collarbone in the ninth game of the regular season.
Or senior Jordan Johnson, who took over when Thompson got injured and did an admirable job getting his team to the title game.
Randall ended the speculation, saying on Thursday it would be Thompson, although there would be some packages in which Johnson would also be in.
It was the right decision. If your starter is ready to play you go with him. He was the starter for a reason.
Thompson played the second half of last week’s game which helped shake off the rust and probably made the decision this week easier.
The good news for the Titans? They have a game sharp backup that is prepared if necessary.
Both quarterbacks have handled the situation with class, each helping the other for the betterment of the team.
Here’s what each had to say earlier this week when the job was up for grabs.
The Colony High School football team is ranked No. 2 in the Central Division and was hopeful for another extended playoff run this season. But those hopes took a hit when junior quarterback Josh Thompson sustained a broken collarbone in Thursday’s 35-17 Mt. Baldy League win over Don Lugo.
The injury happened on the first drive but Thompson tried to play through another before telling his coaches he didn’t feel right.
“It was a play he got hit on but it wasn’t some bone-crushing it or anything like that,” Titans coach Steve Randall said. “It didn’t seem like a big deal.”
Thompson was the leading passer in the area, having thrown for 1,903 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has run for another 106 yards and six touchdowns.
If there is a silver lining , it is that senior backup Jordan Johnson got almost a full game in and directed the team to a win. The Titans close out the regular season next week against Montclair which doesn’t mean much since the Titans clinched a league title last night.
No one had heard of Thompson last year when he took over for an injured Jonathan Trucks.
Johnson had been battling Thompson for the backup role last year so he is a veteran in the program.
Randall is now glad his team played on Thursday so his team has a couple days to regroup. He said he won’t change anything with a different quarterback in charge.
“I just don’t believe that’s the best thing to do,” he said. “We have a couple days to collect ourselves and get ready. Injuries happen. They’re part of the game.”
Five Colony football players have settled on colleges.
The group is led by wide receiver Kyle Curry, who is staying relatively close to home at Division II Azusa Pacific. He caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning Mt. Baldy Most Valuable Player honors. He was also a first-team All-Inland Valley selection.
The other four are offensive linemen Hakiteli Tuivai (Western New Mexico) and Carlos Robles (Citrus), linebacker Brendan Hadley (Citrus) and running back Devan Imbach (Citrus).
Hadley and Imbach seemed worthy of more looks from four-year schools, but Titans coach Steve Randall said size was an issue for both, leading them to go the community college route.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Imbach rushed for 1,136 yards and 13 touchdowns on 172 carries and caught 17 passes for 208 yards, while Hadley, at 5-9, and 175 pounds, tallied 141 tackles.
The quartet propelled Colony to a 9-4 record, highlighted by a Mt. Baldy League title. The Titans advanced to the CIF Central Division semifinals, where they lost to eventual champion Heritage 57-31.