Kroner's football tour '14: St. Thomas More

Kroner's football tour '14: St. Thomas More

CHAMPAIGN — The quarterback position at St. Thomas More appears set for the future.

For the present, there’s still some uncertainty.

Veteran coach Dan Hennessey is evaluating two sophomores during the preseason, including last year’s junior varsity quarterback, D.J. Lee. Clavin Davis, who played special teams last year on the varsity squad, is the other top candidate.

“They’re pretty similar, with good arms,” Hennessey said. “It could come down to who can handle the offense.”

The prospects are seeking to replace Storm Joop, a three-year starter who broke the Twin City career passing record.

Whichever player doesn’t wind up at quarterback may catch passes instead of throw them. Davis and Lee could be used as receivers.

“This is one of the youngest teams we’ve had, but (the players) don’t play young. They’re aggressive,” Hennessey said of his roster, which has six seniors.

Among the seniors expected to play prominent roles are Justin Bristow (receiver/cornerback), Al Griffin (guard/defensive tackle), Carson Kasbergen (fullback/linebacker), Jonathan Nengo (center/defensive tackle) and Joshua Stringer (tight end/linebacker).

St. Thomas More is part of the new-look Okaw Valley Conference, which has had three of its current schools (Maroa-Forsyth, St. Joseph-Ogden and Unity) play for a total of nine football state championships during the past decade.

“It’s going to be hard going undefeated in this conference,” Hennessey said. “You’re playing the toughest teams in the area.”