Johnny Feauto and Luke Miller, grab your shades.
The bright lights are yours for the taking -- at least for awhile.
In the wake of projected starting quarterback Anders Hill breaking his right ankle last week, Fairview coach Tom McCartney said Wednesday that Feauto and Miller, a pair of sophomores, are the most likely candidates to take varsity repetitions when practice begins officially on Monday.
The injury to Hill, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior, is no doubt a blow to FHS. He underwent successful surgery on Saturday, and is expected to be out for at least four weeks.
Hill, who injured the ankle in a non-contact passing drill, said he's tentatively shooting for a Week 3 return against Rangeview on Sept.
"We'll take it from here and see how his (physical therapy) goes and we'll see," McCartney said.
Strong-armed with the speed to keep plays alive with his feet, there have been whispers since Hill's freshman year at FHS about him being the second coming of Craig Ochs, a prep All-American at Fairview who went on to start in college at Colorado and Montana.
Ultimately, Hill was beaten out for the FHS job last season as a sophomore by two-year starter Michael McVenes, who is walking on at Northern Arizona this fall. As the backup last fall, Hill went 9 for 14 for 94 yards and one touchdown through the air. But this year the job appeared to be his.
A starter on Fairview's baseball team since freshman year, Hill had passed on playing Legion ball this summer so he could focus all of his time preparing to lead the Knights on the gridiron.
"It's definitely frustrating but there's nothing you can do about it, so you've just got to stay positive and help the team out how you can while you're out," Hill said. "I'll be back soon and able to play to my full potential. This won't hinder me at all. We'll still have a great year I think."
Hill's recruiting stock has been strong this summer, with attention already rolling in from schools like Colorado, Washington and Michigan.
But even with all of the expectations surrounding Hill, the Knights feel good about the two guys angling to earn the starting quarterback job in the Aug. 30 opener at Poudre. For one thing, McCartney knows neither will be intimidated.
Miller (6-1, 185) was a starting defenseman for the FHS varsity lacrosse team last spring, and Feauto (6-1, 145) was a mainstay on the Knights' Legion A summer baseball squad. So both have experience competing against older opponents even if that experience has so far come away from the gridiron.
"We feel like we're in good shape because we've got two young men who are used to playing at a high level of competition," McCartney said. "So we feel we're going to be ok."
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