Brandon Campbell, Wortham
Wide receiver Brandon Campbell would throw the ball around in practice earlier this season, and first-year coach Shane Doege liked what he was seeing.
Enough to completely junk the Bulldogs’ offense, going from the I Formation to the Spread and moving the senior to quarterback.
The move has worked.
Campbell has set Wortham’s single-game passing record twice this season, both coming in district wins. Campbell passed for 291 yards in Wortham’s 15-8 win over Meridian. Campbell broke that record in last week’s playoff-clinching 49-12 win over Dawson, passing for 320 yards.
Good move, coach.
“It suited our (offensive) line first and foremost,” Doege said. We found something on offense. We wanted to spread it around but we didn’t feel comfortable with our quarterback throwing. We have guys that can catch the ball.”
The quarterback switch may be the key to Wortham being back in the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
Campbell started that first district game against Meridian and the Bulldogs are 2-2 since then. In both wins, Campbell completed passes to seven different receivers.
It’s not a certainty Wortham move have made the playoffs without the change at QB.
“Honestly, it’s tough to say,” Doege said. “I would say the odds were against it.”
Raymond Linex II contributed to this report.
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