The Warriors also saw a change under center against Tyler Street, with Horton giving utility playmaker Joby Bradshaw the nod as starting quarterback for the game instead of sophomore Landon Payne. Bradshaw, who played quarterback in one game last season, threw a touchdown pass in the loss.
Horton said Bradshaw could easily step into the role of quarterback because he knows the playbook well and has played the position before. Horton added he chose Bradshaw over Payne – the Warriors’ day one starter – because Payne needs more time to mature and learn the position. In Horton’s words, Payne can pass well, but playing quarterback is about a lot more than just throwing the football.
“I really like (Bradshaw) at quarterback, but I really like how he looks at every position,” Horton said. “This week it was good for us to get a little bit of consistency in some offensive areas. Payne’s a sophomore. He’s learning the game, he’s learning football, he’s learning about himself.
“We’re really looking to put him in the best position possible to succeed, looking for different opportunities in the passing game and at the same time allowing him to kind of catch up.
“Long-term, I really want to see Payne out there playing quarterback. I feel like we’re a better team when he’s in that position. But at the same time, I want to bring him along with some wisdom, allowing him to get confident, remain confident and do it in as much of a low-pressure environment as a football field will allow.
With Tyler Street behind them, CCS has turned their attention to the Ovilla Christian School Eagles, another non-district opponent and the Warriors’ first road test. It will be Ovilla’s inaugural football game as a program. Horton has not officially named a starting quarterback for the Ovilla game, saying it depends on “what formation we come out in.” However, Horton did name Bradshaw as his starter, “tentatively.”