Metamora football 2010

Tom Batters
Michael Fay

Ask any high school football coach to list the criteria for the ideal starting quarterback, and he will probably say, wishfully, “smart, athletic, confident, poised, strong arm,  good runner, play maker, winning track record...”

Metamora coach Pat Ryan has all that in starter Michael Fay, the senior who led the Redbirds to the Class 4A state title last year.

Ryan also uses those words to describe his backup, senior Beau Geier, which leads to the burning question.

How will Ryan ever find a way to use two senior quarterbacks in one season?

“It’s difficult, but it’s an enviable situation,” he said. “Both of our quarterbacks have the ability to play college football next year. They are both very talented, and I have confidence in either one of them to lead our team. It’s my job to make it work best for the team. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Unlike the NFL, however, there is no “quarterback controversy” here.

Fay is the starter. Geier is the backup.

Everybody, including Fay and Geier, is on board with that game plan.

“We’re good friends, and we encourage each other,” Geier said. “I just want to do whatever I can do to help us win. If I’m at quarterback, great. If I’m playing somewhere else, then I’ll give everything I have in that position.’

Geier stands 6’4”. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for nine more last year. This summer, he attended some college quarterback camps, and he is on the radar of several college coaches.

Fay, an all-area player since he was a sophomore, scored 21 touchdowns, including four in the title game, last year.

He is also getting attention from college coaches.

“This is the deepest we have ever been at the quarterback position,” Ryan said. “Michael is as strong a leader as you will find in high school football. When he was hurt, Beau stepped right in. And, he has never complained about sitting behind Michael. That says a lot about his character. Both of those guys have strong character. They are the kind of player that a coach loves to have. They work hard and they are great examples to their teammates.”

Geier will play other positions, including defensive back, and he will likely handle the punting duties (even though the Redbirds don’t need to punt too often).

“I’ve never played defense before, so it’s been a learning experience,” Geier said. “Working with coach (Jared) Grebner has helped a lot. I’m starting to get more comfortable back there.”

Fay said he expects to play an even larger role in the offense this season, since Aaron Peters (1,987 years, 29 touchdowns) graduated.

“He (Peters) was so reliable. He created so many problems for the other team’s defense,” he said. “But, I really like our offense. We had a great camp in June. I’m really looking forward to the season.”

Ryan said his quarterbacks’ desire for a second straight championship ring has been evident this summer.

“Last year is in the books. You have to start over,” he said. “Michael and Beau know that. They know how hard you have to work if you’re going to win.”