A hard-working, intelligent player, Garrett Wellman is starting full-time at quarterback this year for the Bearcats after making occasional starts as a freshman and sophomore. Teammates and coaches alike admire his work ethic and his commitment to the team.
“He might seem quiet, but I’ll tell you what, he’s a heck of a leader," said senior wide receiver Michael Casseday. "He can be demanding in a quiet way."
Added offensive coordinator Mickey Foley: “He’s dedicated to getting better. He goes to camps. He’s everything you’d want in a young man becoming a leader for a football team.”
Second-year head coach Rich Bord and the Bearcats earned their first win a week ago, thanks in large part to a late scoring drive led by Wellman.
Trailing East Fairmont by a score in the fourth quarter, the junior quarterback helped the Bearcats find the endzone and claim a 10-9 victory.
“I’m more calm on the field," said Wellman. "I’m not rushing everything as much. It’s really helpful. If you’re rushing stuff and you don’t trust your teammates, you won’t do much.”
Foley said Wellman can be an emotional player, but on that winning drive, he stayed composed and showed how far he’s progressed since last season.
“He didn’t panic, and he followed through with what we talked about midway through the fourth quarter about doing what we need to do to get the win,” said Foley.
Next up for the Bearcats, unbeaten Petersburg comes to town. Wellman hopes his teammates can carry momentum from their comeback win into their next game.
“I’ve grown up with most of these kids," said Wellman. "It’s just a lot of fun doing something you love with the people you love.”