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Monday, September 27, 2010
Two-man QB rotation working for Highland Park

By Jeff Andrews

Jake Howeth
Jake Howeth is the dual threat in Highland Park's two-man quarterback rotation.


Rotating two quarterbacks usually indicates that neither player is playing well enough to start full time.

In the case of Highland Park’s Jake Howeth and Brady Burgin, it’s the opposite – both are playing well. No. 3 Highland Park (4-0, 1-0 in District 10-4A) is undefeated thanks in part to its quarterback rotation.

Howeth, a senior, is a dual-threat QB who also starts at safety. He’s thrown for 585 yards and seven touchdowns, in addition to 327 rushing yards. He runs out of the Wildcat, in short-yardage situations and as a running back when Burgin is at quarterback.

Burgin, a junior, is more of a pure passer. He has 412 passing yards and five touchdowns and is completing well over 70 percent of his passes.

Outside of Howeth’s time at running back and in the Wildcat, the two rotate time equally. In Highland Park’s 37-30 win over Rockwall, Howeth started the first and third quarters while Burgin started the second and fourth.

“As a coach you do what works,” said Highland Park head coach Randy Allen. “As long as it’s working, we’ll go with it.”

Highland Park plays at first-year Wylie East (2-2, 0-1 in 10-4A) on Friday.