SJ Player of the Year: Lisbon's Lucas Francis

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SJ Player of the Year: Lisbon's Lucas Francis

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:23 am

Sun Journal Football Player of the Year: Francis thrived as Lisbon's go-to guy

Lisbon coach Chris Kates understands how someone could look at junior quarterback Lucas Francis’ 6-foot, 220-pound frame and see a fullback or lineman first.

“He’s not your typical quarterback,” said Kates, who played the position for Lisbon a decade ago.

The decision to move Francis from running back to quarterback wasn’t a no-brainer for Lisbon’s first-year coach, even though he had taken a few snaps at QB as a sophomore when the Greyhounds wanted to get starting QB Tyler Halls in space by lining him up wide.

But with Halls graduating and Francis one of the few returning to the backfield with varsity experience, Kates made the call late last summer to have the offense start with the ball in the hands of his best player. ... go-to-guy/
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