On a rainy, dreary day in November, Maverick McIvor finally got his shot. The sophomore had been seeing some spot work at receiver while backing up incumbent quarterback Cal Vincent. Late in the second quarter, Vincent goes down, and in comes the sophomore to take on the Allen Eagles, one of the most prestigious programs in the state of Texas.
Central lost that game by a final score of 34-21, and they graduated a metric ton of consistent contributors. Names like Gehrig Scott, Cal Vincent, Adam West, Cameron Geiger, and many more won’t suit up for the Angry Orange anymore. Now, it’s McIvor’s turn to be at the helm, and he’s ready for the challenge.
“Getting in the groove is awesome,” McIvor said. “Once you get to know your receivers and get to know what they’re going to run in their routes and their options, it’s just awesome.”
McIvor won’t go into his first year as QB1 without help. Gunner Couch is as good of an offensive lineman as you can find, Henry Teeter is a very consistent receiver, and Jesse Scott Jr. has the chance to completely break a game wide open. He certainly will be more sure of himself than he was on that fateful November day. However, McIvor says that he counts that adversity as gain. “It’s a game under my belt. I’m glad I got put in that situation. It’s good for me, knowing that if I can do that, I can succeed.”
San Angelo Central has been one of the most dominant programs in West Texas over the past few years, scoring four straight district championships in the process. The former 6-man quarterback McIvor doesn’t seem too terribly fazed by the pressure, though.
“Four district championships going on five, it’s a big deal. Central’s been a strong, winning school for the past few years, so we’re just looking forward to another one,” McIvor said.
The Bobcats will open up their season in Abilene against Abilene High on September 1st.
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