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Austin Mack of Bishop Luers catches a touchdown pass Friday during a scrimmage with Bishop Dwenger at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium.
High school football

Quarterbacks pass tests

Dwenger gets its star back; Luers pair still battling

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Bishop Dwenger senior Mike Fiacable will start at quarterback in the season opener Friday against South Side. He missed last season with a knee injury.

– Bishop Luers coach Kyle Lindsay is waiting until Monday to officially name a starting quarterback, while Bishop Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf has been waiting more than a year to start a particular quarterback.

Svarczkopf will go with senior Mike Fiacable in the season opener next Friday against South Side, while the quarterback battle for the Class 2A state champion Knights is still ongoing between senior Quinn Cook and sophomore Noah Wezensky.

All three quarterbacks played Friday in the annual scrimmage between the two Catholic-school powerhouses at Saint Francis.

Fiacable will be under center for Dwenger after missing his entire junior year with a knee injury.

“It is great to be back,” Fiacable said. “The knee felt great, and there were no problems. There were some mental issues of getting that first hit in (practice) but that’s out of the picture now and ready to get this season started.”

In his absence last year, the Saints used four different quarterbacks and suffered their first losing season (6-7) since 2000. Wearing a no-contact red vest and a knee brace, Fiacable opened the scrimmage with a 35-yard pass to Keenan Centilvre on his first attempt and looked good throughout.

“We are really happy to see Mike back,” Svarczkopf said. “He makes the offense look better. He is fully recovered, and he is stronger than he has ever been.”

The 6-foot, 194-pound Fiacable passed for 1,300 yards as a sophomore before suffering an ACL injury during preseason practice last year. He underwent surgery and spent a majority of the offseason rehabbing before getting back on the field this summer with AWP’s 7-on-7 travel team.

For the Knights, the 6-4, 205-pound Cook and the 6-2, 183-pound Wezensky continue to try to get the starting nod. Cook was the starter the majority of last season, including the postseason, but Wezensky’s stock has risen over the summer and has created a tough decision for Lindsay in his first season as coach.

“When they are both on the field they feel like it is their team, and as a quarterback that’s the most important thing for those guys to know you are in control,” said Lindsay, who played quarterback for the Knights.

Lindsay said he had a good idea of who he was going to start against 2012 5A state runner-up Snider next week and would inform the team Monday. He said there was still going to be plenty of film evaluation of the two quarterbacks in the scrimmage over the weekend.

“I have a pretty good mindset of what I feel like the direction we need to go,” Lindsay said. “Anytime you have two quarterbacks competing like that (is tough). They have different skill sets, but also have similar skill sets at the same time.”

Neither quarterback did anything in the scrimmage to hurt his chance at starting.

“I was really happy with both of them,” Lindsay said. “They both put the ball on the money and moved the chains.”

Luers (11-4 in 2012) won the last four 2A state titles and will move up to 3A this year. But the Knights will be young this year with 19 starters missing, including 2012 Mr. Football and Notre Dame freshman Jaylon Smith at running back and linebacker.

“We have a lot of kids who are hungry to play,” Lindsay said.

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