For Jefferson City senior Seth Brooks, this is the third straight fall with a new football coach.
As last year’s starting quarterback, he had to learn a whole new offense in a couple of months after Scott Bailey was hired in June to replace Terry Walker.
After Bailey resigned at the end of last season, it meant another big switch for Brooks’ senior year. Brooks said “pretty much everything is different” in this year’s multiple offense under new coach Damon Wells from last year’s scheme.
But this latest switch could be the biggest change yet for Brooks. Two cogs in the new offense will be him and Hayden Wells, but its not quite set in stone how exactly they’ll be utilized.
Both have rotated snaps and played quarterback during fall camp, with Brooks playing some tight end as well.
“There’s not really a starter,” Hayden Wells said. “We’re just mixing around.”
Neither seem to mind who ends up where once the season kicks off.
“It doesn’t really matter to us,” Hayden Wells said. “Just as long as we get it done.”
“We’re playing to win games,” Brooks said, “not to care about who plays where.”
Hayden, the son of head coach Damon Wells, transferred in the winter when his father took the job in Jefferson City after playing the last two seasons under his father at Rifle High School in Rifle, Colo., and met Brooks through the Jays baseball team that won a district title and placed third in Class 6 last spring. Wells and Brooks both played in the outfield and have gotten acquainted after a spring and summer together, which has helped Wells smoothly enter into the fold with the Jays this fall.
“They (the team) were super accepting and just letting me in right away,” Hayden Wells said. “There was no, ‘You’re the new kid.’ It was just you’re accepted right away. Nobody really was bothered by it.”
With Damon Wells taking the job in January instead of June, that’s meant more time for Brooks, Hayden Wells and the rest of the team to get up to speed. The Jays have worked in the spring and summer, and having more than a couple months to put a system in place has eased that transition.
“We’re a lot further ahead of where we were last year at this time,” Brooks said.
The Jays will get their first taste of outside competition to test that new system, wrapping up Week 2 of the preseason Friday at the Camdenton Jamboree. Fellow Central Missouri Activities Conference foe Sedalia Smith-Cotton will also be at the three-team Jamboree.
Jefferson City kicks off its 2021 season Friday, Aug. 27, against Chaminade at Adkins Stadium.
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