Northeast Tarrant

Raiders have big hole to fill at QB

Bell quarterback Chrishaun Daniels is tackled by the Rockwall defense in 2014. Daniels is one of three candidates to start in the fall.
Bell quarterback Chrishaun Daniels is tackled by the Rockwall defense in 2014. Daniels is one of three candidates to start in the fall. Star-Telegram archives

As the L.D. Bell football program enters its second season of turning things around under head coach Mike Glaze, the search is underway for a new starting quarterback.

Dominique Lawson has graduated, as has backup Tacorian Howard. Lawson accounted for over half of the offense for the Blue Raiders (1-9), passing for 712 yards and rushing for 824, along with seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing).

Lawson was also the starter as a junior. He accounted for almost 1,200 yards (600 passing, 594 rushing) and nine touchdowns (three passing, six rushing).

Battling for the honor of replacing Lawson as the starter are three frontrunners, senior Chrishaun Daniels (6-foot, 2 inches, 170 pounds) and juniors Johnny Tres Sifuentes (6-0, 155) and Austin Brougham (6-2, 190). Daniels was a varsity backup last season, while Sifuentes was on the junior varsity and Brougham is a move-in from Arlington Lamar.

“What we look for in a starting quarterback is a guy who takes care of the football, makes great decisions and throws the ball accurately,” Glaze said.

Daniels has played two varsity seasons in a backup role. He has completed five of a dozen passes for 31 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He has rushed 21 times for 86 yards with a touchdown.

Sifuentes helped the Bell JV to a 5-5 record, while the Lamar JV was 5-2 with Brougham. Sifuentes was also a member of the Bell varsity baseball team this past season

“Obviously the quarterback position is one of the most important positions on the field, and our offensive success is directly tied to the performance of that player. Dominique’s leadership qualities and his running ability will be tough to replace.”

Glaze said at last recollection, Lawson was not going to play college football, but was planning to attend Texas A&M University.

The first day of practice for Bell is Aug. 8. In the meantime, Bell athletes will stay busy with 7-on-7, lineman challenge and other activities.

And, as they chase the starting job, the quarterbacks will likely be among the busiest of all athletes this summer.

“The most important thing our quarterbacks need to do this summer is use the Summer Dedication training program to further develop their leadership skills and athletic ability,” Glaze said.

Bell is seeking its first playoff berth since 2013, its fourth straight postseason berth and seventh in eight seasons.

The Blue Raiders are entering a new district this fall. They will compete in District 5-6A with rival Euless Trinity, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Lewisville Hebron, Flower Mound Marcus, Trophy Club Nelson and Southlake Carroll.