PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Another Jarman at the helm
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Friday, August 23, 2019
For three years J.H. Rose junior Wade Jarman watched as his brother, Grant Charles, led the J.H. Rose varsity football as the quarterback. This year it's Wade's turn.
It will be the third straight season the Jarman name graces the nameplate of the Rampants starting quarterback, and he is prepared to shoulder the load of not only his team, but his families legacy.
"It feels good (to represent the family)," Jarman said. "It's a lot of pressure as well. I feel like I have to end on a good note since I am the last one. As long as I live up to the hype we will be fine."
Jarman enters the season with little on-field varsity experience, though he did lead the JHR JV program in 2017, and for a short time in 2018 before getting the call up to varsity. Last season, in his 10 games at the JV level he threw for 1,973 yards and seven touchdowns, while also using 59 carries to earn 242 rushing yards scoring seven touchdowns on the ground. He had just three pass attempts in three games with the varsity squad, going 3-5, throwing for 82 yards and touchdown.
Even though Jarman will play quarterback, it is the ground game that excited Rampants head coach Dave Wojtecki. Wojtecki said that Jarman's ability to avoid trouble and break the pocket will be a welcome addition to the position, unlike his brother, who preferred to keep the ball behind the protection of his large offensive line.
Wade being back there is an exciting thing," Wojtecki said. "He can get out and run the ball unlike his brother. GC was more of a pocket-passing quarterback."
Jarman will have plenty of help, especially in the backfield, where he will hand off to running backs, senior Shaquan Perry or sophomore Michael Allen.
"I feel like having Shaquan and Micheal will really open doors to our passing game," Jarman said. "If the defense wants to sit back and just worry about the pass we'll go ahead and run the ball. Once they start worrying about us running the ball we'll drop back and really start throwing, which will allow us to get down the field and score."
In his first season in charge of the offense Jarman has his ideas of what he would like to see his squad accomplish, along with goals for himself.
"Our first team goal is to go out and win the conference," Jarman said. "Then we want to get to the playoffs. We want to have a good run, a good season and make good friendships. Personally I just want to go out there and do the best I can everyday and see what doors I can open up for myself on the field."
Rose opens the season tonight at home against Fike. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m..
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