High School Sports

Quintez Cephus moving to new football position at Stratford

Quintez Cephus is one of those athletes who can play a number of skill positions.

Stratford called upon him to fill the quarterback position last year. The Eagles kept it on the ground most of the time, with Cephus throwing the ball an average of just 4.4 times per game as he, O'Showen Williams and Austin Devenney racked up some 2,300 yards on the ground.

He'll be looking to catch passes instead of throwing them this year. Cephus, whose athletics resume includes a 53-point outing in the GHSA Class A private school boys basketball playoffs against Providence Christian in February, is moving to split end.

"He's an outstanding athlete," Stratford head coach Mark Farriba said. "We could put him anywhere, and he would be able to be successful. Last year we put him at quarterback because we felt like from a team standpoint that's where we needed him the most. This year, we feel like we have the opportunity to put him at a position that's best for him.

"He really did take one for the team last year in playing the position we asked him to play. I think this year, this is his position. He brings a lot of athleticism to it. It's a good move for all of us."

Competing for the starting quarterback's job is junior Noah Hill, who saw spot playing time at quarterback last year, and Sim Patrick, a senior who moved to Stratford from Atlanta's Holy Innocents.

"Noah is a little bigger, a little stronger, familiar with what we've been doing," Farriba said. "Sim Patrick transferred in from the Atlanta area. His mom was a Stratford graduate. He's come in here, going to school now, and he's played some quarterback before. Both of those guys can run and they can throw. We feel like they can operate our offense and do all of the things we would like them to do."