Versatile QB Lane Grogan has run, thrown Wahconah football to wins
DALTON -- Versatility may be the best word to describe Lane Grogan.
The Wahconah quarterback doesn't just play football and that may be his biggest asset.
"He's your typical three-sport athlete," said Warriors coach Gary Campbell Jr. "Anybody that thinks of specializing in sports now is ridiculous. I think he showed exactly why a three-sport athlete is great to have as a leader. Those kids are good in all situations. He's shown that. He's excellent."
Grogan has led Wahconah (7-2) to the top of the pile in Berkshire County this season. The senior helped the Warriors knock off Mount Greylock on the road, ending the Mounties' 33-game winning streak. Now, Grogan will lead Wahconah against Greylock again on Wednesday night. This time the county title will be on the line at 7 p.m. in Dalton.
"It's been so long since we played," Grogan said. "I just really can't wait. It's just really going to be fantastic."
Kind of like the quarterback's play this year. The senior has done a little bit of everything, passing for nearly 1,000 yards and rushing for close to 600. He's no slouch on defense, either, with five interceptions -- including one for a touchdown.
Under Campbell's tutelage, Grogan has taken off. The coach -- in the first year of his second stint in Dalton -- knew the senior could run after watching game film from 2011. But Grogan has digested a new offense quicker than anyone expected. His reads have been fluid and he's shown the intelligence on the field to adapt on the fly. Campbell said Grogan is always thinking one step ahead, like a good chess player.
"He's just become a lot smarter," said Darrow Brown, who has more than 350 yards receiving from Grogan. "He's got the ability this year in the offense to run the ball whenever he wants, pretty much every play. This offense is built for the quarterback. He's able to hold the ball every play, touch the ball every play and then make a play from there."
That's not to say this season has been an easy march to Wednesday's title game. The Warriors dropped games to Hoosac Valley and Northampton along the way. Wahconah was undefeated when the Blue Devils beat them. Grogan had five interceptions in the loss.
He also almost led Wahconah all the way back to an improbable win in the dying minutes.
"He didn't flinch and he didn't put his head in the sand," Campbell said. "So many people, I think, today once a couple things go wrong for them they just figure it's not ever going to go right. He just kept firing and we had a chance to win that game. It was because he threw us back into it."
The Warriors will need that kind of leadership again Wednesday if they're to take down Greylock twice in a season. A big play here and there from the do-everything quarterback wouldn't hurt either.
"I like throwing for the deep ball sometimes," Grogan said. "I think that feels a bit more satisfying. Once in a while I like to run, too."
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