It doesn't take long to watch John Tyler quarterback Greg Ward before noticing he's a special football player. He can throw short, throw long or beat you on the run.
"I've known Greg a long time," said John Tyler receiver Darrian Flowers. "Every time he steps on the field he surprises me with the plays he makes."
It's what Ward doesn't do, that makes him truly unique.
"He very seldom makes mistakes," said John Tyler receiver Fred Ross.
Like never. While throwing for more than two thousand yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year, The Lions quarterback has not thrown a single interception in 9 games this season.
"That comes from time that you didn't have to put in but you put in after practice," said Ward. "That comes from the time of studying film and just hard work."
"He sees the field," said Flowers. "He just looks over and sees the open receiver. He doesn't force anything and he's just smart. He can think under pressure and he can run. That's why he hasn't forced any turnovers."
No turnovers. Plenty of big plays. Over the past two seasons, the future Houston Cougar has accounted for more than 7,500 yards and 84 touchdowns.
"I just take what they give me," said Ward. "Whatever the receivers and offensive line do that plays a big role in it."
His teammates wouldn't want any other quarterback.
"I'd put him up against anybody," said Flowers.
Fred Ross takes it a step further.
"Any quarterback in the state or the nation."
Ward's teammates may be impressed. The senior is hardly satisfied with his performance.
"I'm really disappointed with the level I am at," said Ward. "I know I can play better. We all can be better."
With that dedication it's no surprise the Lions are ranked No. 2 in the state. One win away from another district championship.
"He's a competitor," said Flowers. "He competes with himself. What's a good game to him and us is different. He looks at it different from all of us."
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